Smart Glass Technologies and Global Markets

Switchable Glass, Dynamic Glass, Magic Glass, Electrochromic Glass, Thermochromic Glass, Suspended Particle Device Glass, Liquid Crystal Smart Glass, chromogenics, dynamic glazing, smart glazing, switchable glazing, and self-dimming glass

ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of a new report entitled Smart Glass Technologies, Markets, Forecasts.  Smart glass refers to a multitude of technologies covering electro-chromic, thermo-chromic, suspended particle and liquid crystal technologies. Each technology offers a different set of attributes and cost structure, and is therefore aimed at a different market segment. Interestingly, there are slight variations even within a given technology, owing to the launch of successive technology generations. The smart glass market will reach a value of $700 million by 2024
Electro-chromic technologies (EC) give the user the ability to tune the optical transmission from clear to dark. They however have a low switching speed, lack complete opacity, and offer only a mid-range price tag compared to other smart glass technologies. Thermo-chromic technologies, in contrast, give no control to the end user. Instead, the offer the lowest cost option.
Liquid crystal (LC) smart glass technology beats others in terms of switching speed, and the opacity of the dark state. It however also falls short on controllability as only two states (clear or opaque) can be achieved. It is amongst the more expensive options too.
Suspended particle technology combines high switching speed and user control. This is a compelling value proposition but comes at a cost. Indeed, this technology commands the highest price tag today.
This report offers:
  • Detailed assessment of each smart glass technology covering operating principles, materials, manufacturing processes, latest innovations and unresolved technology challenges
  • Detailed benchmarking of different smart glass technologies on the basis of cost, transmission, quality, controllability, power usage, etc…
Smart Glass Market
Smart glass has already achieved limited commercial success. For example, suspended particles smart glass technology is being increasingly adopted in premium luxury cars such as the Mercedes Benz SLK. This technology was gained traction in this market segment owing to its high switching speed and high user controllability. Another high-profile success story is the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner which has incorporated electrochromatic technology onto its passenger windows.
The building sector is potentially the highest volume market. There are still remaining challenges in this market however. In particular, smart glass windows are still over-priced and price parity will only be reached if global capacity utilisation reaches economies of scale in the range of 500,000 sqm, according to our detailed analysis of the cost structure and depreciation.
The commercial sub-segment of the building industry will be the early adopter here. This is because commercial buildings value iconic differentiations and, if managed well, cost savings may be realised on the basis of total cost of ownership. This segment is also growing in attractiveness as the glass content on commercial buildings is on the rise.
Most of manufacturing capacity is located in America however Europe will see more investments in the coming years since glass shipping is not cost effective and the European market uses larger glass formats than the American one.
Fig. 1. Geographic Distribution of Installed Production Capacity of Selected Companies – Americas

Smart Glass Installed Production Capacity

Source: IDTechEx
Fig. 2. Geographic Distribution of Installed Production Capacity of Selected Companies – Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia

Smart Glass Markets

*Isoclima has 3 manufacturing sites with a combined production capacity of 100 k sqm/y, though not all is dedicated to SPD.
**Vision Systems capacity estimated from capex investment.
***Scienstry capacity estimated based on daily production rates provided by the company.
Source: Smart Glass Technologies, Markets, Forecasts.
This report offers:
  • Global map of production sites and production capacities
  • Price evolution for smart glass and detailed cost models including BoM and capital investment
  • Ten-year market forecast in $ and area broken down by technology (e.g., electro-chromic, thermo-chromic, suspended particles and liquid crystals)
  • Ten-year market forecast in $ and area broken down by market (e.g., vehicles and aerospace, residential building, commercial buildings, hospitality)

 Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications’ web site.  View the report: Smart Glass Technologies, Markets, Forecasts.


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