Energy Saving with Perspective: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Plastic Windows

When thinking about improving the energy efficiency of buildings, the first things that come to one's mind are insulation materials for house walls and roofs. However, even the best insulation is useless when thermal bridges such as windows are not taken into consideration. Plastic windows are already able to save a lot of energy. And its development is not over yet: Performance can be improved further by integrating special core insulation material directly into the window profile. Thus, the market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for plastic window frames. These are usually made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Our analysts forecast demand for them to increase to almost 270 million units per year until 2023.

Market Study Plastic Windows

Plastic Windows for Climate Protection

Quality and structure of plastic windows made from PVC profiles have changed considerably during the past years due to the introduction of multiple-chamber systems. Parameters such as the heat transition coefficient U continuously achieve better results. Efficient, durable, and at the same time affordable windows are essential for fundable energy saving concepts. The ambitious targets of the Parisian UN Climate Change Conference in Winter 2015 can only be fulfilled by further increases in energy efficiency of buildings. Therefore, manufacturers of plastic windows will be able to benefit from state support programs in the upcoming years. However, the volume and the practical realization thereof can differ considerably from region to region.

PVC Profiles Despite Problems

Demand for windows is mainly dependent on building construction. This market develops differently from country to country. The consequences of the financial crisis had different effects even within Europe. For example, right now there are other influential factors prevailing in Russia than in Spain. At present, the construction industry in some emerging countries like Brazil or India is affected negatively by corruption scandals, lack of regulations, or insecure investment conditions. However, sales in these countries will increase significantly on the medium term as well since the market shares of plastic windows have been very small so far and their advantages become more and more evident. For example, Ceresana expects the revenues generated with plastic windows in Asia-Pacific to rise by, on average, 7.4 % p.a. until 2023.

Residential Construction as a Driver of Growth

PVC windows are currently mainly used for residential constructions all around the world. The ongoing trend towards urbanization is a determining factor: Creating affordable living space in the cities is one of the most urgent concerns of many national development plans. However, distribution among the segments residential construction and other buildings, new constructions and renovations can differ considerably in the particular countries. On a global perspective, about 53% of all plastic windows are used for new constructions at present.

The Study in Brief:

Chapter 1 provides a presentation and analysis of the market for plastic windows, including forecasts up to 2023. Characteristic figures such as production, import, export, and demand, as well as revenues are given for each world region.
Chapter 2 analyzes revenues, production volume, import and export volume, as well as demand for plastic windows for 16 individual countries. Demand is split by new construction and renovation, and by residential construction and non-residential construction.
Chapter 3 deals with the depiction of the different developments in the construction segments of the single regional and national markets.
Chapter 4 provides useful profiles of the most important manufacturers of plastic windows clearly arranged according to contact details, turnover, profit, product range, production sites, profile summary, as well as products, and applications. Detailed profiles are given for 84 producers, such as Andersen Corp., Atrium Corp., Deceuninck N.V., Harvey Industries, Inc., Jeld-Wen, LG Hausys Ltd., Masco Corp., Pella Corp., Ply Gem Holdings, Inc., YKK AP, Inc., and VKR Holding AS.

About Ceresana

Ceresana is a leading international market research and consultancy company for the industrial sector and operates branch offices in Constance, Vienna and Hong Kong. For more than 10 years, Ceresana has been supplying several thousand customers from 55 countries with up-to-date market intelligence. Extensive market knowledge creates new prospects for strategic and operational decisions.
Ceresana's clients profit from implementation-oriented consulting services, tailor-made single-client studies and more than 90 independent multi-client market studies.
Ceresana's analysts are experts in the following markets: Chemicals, plastics, industrial components and packaging.

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