Which Country Exports the Most Safety Glass in the World?

Glass May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

In 2016, approx. 4.8M tonnes of safety glass were exported worldwide; going up by 13% against the previous year level. Overall, it indicated a strong increase from 2007 to 2016: the total exports volume increased at an average annual rate of +6.3% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, safety glass exports increased by +76.4% against its level of 2009. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010, when export increased by 19% y-o-y. Global safety glass export peaked in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, safety glass exports amounted to $9.4B in 2016. The total export value increased at an average annual rate of +1.1% from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Global safety glass export peaked of $10B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Safety Glass Exporting Countries in the World

1. China (2,342.5 million USD)

2. Germany (1,070.3 million USD)

3. Poland (755.3 million USD)

4. Italy (628.2 million USD)

5. Belgium (519.5 million USD)

6. Czech Republic (407.6 million USD)

7. USA (387.8 million USD)

8. France (385.0 million USD)

9. Spain (226.8 million USD)

10. Luxembourg (194.2 million USD)

11. Turkey (180.6 million USD)

12. Mexico (179.9 million USD)

Safety Glass Exports By Country

China (2.3M tonnes) represented the major exporter of safety glass in the world, resulting at 2.3M tonnes, which was near 49% of total exports in 2016. Germany (382K tonnes) took a 8% share (based on tonnes) of global safety glass exports, which put it in second place, following Poland (6%). The following exporters - Italy (203K tonnes), France (156K tonnes), Mexico (139K tonnes), Belgium (137K tonnes), Czech Republic (126K tonnes), Spain (105K tonnes), the U.S. (103K tonnes), Turkey (102K tonnes), and Luxembourg (101K tonnes) together made up 24% of total exports.

China was also the fastest growing in terms of the safety glass exports, with a CAGR of +22.2% from 2007 to 2016. At the same time, Poland (+9.2%), Turkey (+2.6%), Germany (+2.6%), Mexico (+1.8%), and Czech Republic (+1.2%) displayed positive paces of growth. France, Italy, and Spain experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, Luxembourg (-1.3%), the U.S. (-7.4%), and Belgium (-8.9%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. While the share of Belgium (4%), and the U.S. (2%) increased significantly, the share of Germany (-1.7%), Poland (-3.2%), and China (-40.5%) displayed negative dynamics. The shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, China ($2.3B) remains the largest safety glass supplier in the world, making up 25% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Germany ($1.1B), with the share of 11% of global exports. It was followed by Poland, with the share of 8%.

In China, safety glass exports expanded at an average annual rate of +14.1% over the period from 2007-2016. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: Germany (+1.7% per year) and Poland (+6.8% per year).

Safety Glass Export Prices By Country

In 2016, the average export price for safety glass amounted to $1,952 per tonne, reducing by -8.7% against the previous year. Overall, safety glass export price continues to indicate a abrupt decrease. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2008, when export price increased by 4% from the previous year level. In that year, average safety glass export price reached its maximum level of $3,186 per tonne. From 2009 to 2016, growth of average safety glass export price stood at a somewhat lower level.

Export prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest export prices was Belgium ($3,793 per tonne), while China ($1,008 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of safety glass export prices was attained by Belgium (+3.5% 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 7007 - Safety glass, consisting of toughened (tempered) or laminated glass.

Source: World: Safety Glass - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025