Silicone structural glazing is a method which is used to join and bond a glass and metal panels to the structure with the use of metallic sub frame and some specific silicones eliminating the need for mechanical fixation. Silicone structural glazing also leads to flexible connection that can absorb differential movements in between dissimilar materials from thermal, wind or seismic loading. The global silicone structural glazing market is expected to have a CAGR of about 8.5% during the forecast period 2019-2026. The silicone structural glazing is considered as one of the best techniques in construction that has been reviewed by EOTA (European Organization for Technical Assessment) regarding the six essential requirements of the construction directive that comprise stability & mechanical resistance, fire safety, usage safety, hygiene & environment, protection against noise and heat retention & energy economy.
Silicone structural glazing market is majorly driven by the technological advancement in the forecast period. For instance, the engineered trapezoidal silicone joints can be used in the typical curtain wall assembly. Also, silicone has the capability to get stick to the cavity which helps in the rotation of glass at the perimeter seal and movement at the edge of silicone joint. The advanced engineering evaluation with hyperplastic material gives rise to improvement in structural silicone glazing (SSG) design at the curtain wall systems.
Asia Pacific accounted for the largest market share in terms of revenue for the silicone structural glazing market in 2016 followed by North America and Europe. Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. The dominance of Asia Pacific is witnessed due to factors such as growing market of silicone structural glazing in developed countries. Moreover, the markets in developing countries such as India and China are anticipated to grow with the highest CAGR in the forecast period. The Asia Pacific market is projected to grow at the highest CAGR as compared to other region-level markets, due to increasing use of silicone structural glazing in various end-users such as public, commercial and residential buildings. China is expected to be the dominating country in Asia Pacific region for the silicone structural glazing market. The factors such as growth of the construction industry along with the high requirement for green buildings has contributed to the increase in demand for silicone structural glazing in the Asia Pacific region.
Global silicone structural glazing market report covers segmentation analysis of type, material and end user industries. Material types in silicone structural glazing segment are divided as glass panels, aluminum structural framing, silicone sealants and EPDM. Type segment is further segmented into Four-sided structural glazing, Two-sided structural glazing, Stepped glass glazing, U-shaped glazing, Total vision systems glazing and others. 4-sided structural glazing segment accounted for the largest market share in terms of revenue in 2017 and is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. The dominance of 4-sided structural glazing is witnessed due to its superior properties such as water and wind resistance, durability, energy-efficiency, easy maintenance and weather-proof properties of silicone structural glazing. Also, end users are divided as public and residential, commercial, commercial segment accounted for the largest market share in terms of revenue in 2016 and is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. Also, commercial segment is expected to be the fastest growing segment during the forecast period due to increasing demand for glass facade system along with the growing need for green buildings.
The major market players of the global silicone structural glazing market are: Nippon Sheet Glass Co. Ltd., The Dow Chemical Company, Arkema SA, Schott AG, Sika AG and Others. These companies use various strategies such as merger & acquisition, collaboration, partnership and product launch. Whereas, partnership is the key strategy adopted by the companies in the global silicone structural glazing market. For example: In 2016, Dow Corning, a silicon-based technology company, had introduced glasstec 2016 that is two new high-performance additions to its family of crystal-clear bonding products. The new advanced Dow Corning product, TSSL can be used for various applications including that of interior glazing on a glass staircase. The second product, Dow Corning 2400 Silicone Assembly Sealant (advanced edge material) which is used to provide invisible bonding for crystal clear applications. This is expected to increase the dominance of the company by further strengthening its product portfolio.