Which Country Exports the Most Drawn Glass and Blown Glass in the World?

Glass May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the global exports of glass amounted to 360K tonnes, descending by -7.5% against the previous year figure. Overall, it indicated a mild expansion from 2007 to 2016: the total exports volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.7% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, glass exports decreased by -28.4% against its level of 2012. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2011, an increase of 16% against the previous year level. Over the period under review, global glass exports reached its maximum volume of 503K tonnes in 2012; however, from 2013 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, glass exports amounted to $1.6B in 2016. Overall, glass exports continue to indicate a remarkable expansion. Over the period under review, global glass exports attained its maximum level of $2.5B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Glass Exporting Countries in the World

1. Japan (578.2 million USD)

2. South Korea (67.1 million USD)

3. Saudi Arabia (40.5 million USD)

4. China (37.0 million USD)

5. Iran (6.6 million USD)

Glass Exports By Country

Saudi Arabia (139K tonnes), Japan (100K tonnes), and China (80K tonnes) represented roughly 89% of total exports of glass in 2016. The following exporters - Iran (8.6K tonnes), and South Korea (8K tonnes) took near 5% of total exports, each.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of glass exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by Saudi Arabia (+28.9% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Japan ($578M) remains the largest glass supplier in the world, making up 35% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by South Korea ($67M), with the share of 4% of global exports. It was followed by Saudi Arabia, with the share of 2%.

In Japan, glass exports stood at an average annual rate of +5.0% over the period from 2007-2016. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: South Korea (+29.7% per year) and Saudi Arabia (+16.4% per year).

Glass Export Prices By Country

In 2016, the average export price for glass amounted to $4,552 per tonne, dropping by -10.0% against the previous year. Overall, glass export price continues to indicate a remarkable growth. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2012, when export increased by 36% year-to-year. Global glass export peaked of $5,509 per tonne in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

There were significant differences in the average export prices amongst major exporting countries. In 2016, the country with the highest export prices was South Korea ($8,392 per tonne), while Saudi Arabia ($290 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of glass export prices was attained by Iran (+27.1% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 7004 - Glass; drawn glass and blown glass, in sheets, whether or not having an absorbent, reflecting or non-reflecting layer, but not otherwise worked.

Source: World: Drawn Glass And Blown Glass - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025