At present, the global major LOW-E glass manufacturers are Pilkington (U.K.), PPG (U.S.), Glaverbel (Belgium), and Saint-Gobain (France), the overseas market is controlled by above enterprises.
In the developed countries, LOW-E glass has been popularized in large scale, the utilization rate in Germany reached 92%, the rate inSouth Korea and Poland was 90% and 75% respectively. It is estimated that the LOW-E glass demand volume in the international market will exceed 1.5 billion square meters by 2017; in the next five years, the global LOW-E glass demand volume will increase at the average annual growth rate of more than 17%.
As of 2012,LOW-E glass output in China was 108 million square meters; China owns more than 60 off-line LOW-E coating production lines with the production capacity of about 66 million square meters, and about 20 coating lines are under construction or planned to be constructed, of which, more than 10 enterprises make use of CVD method or PCVD method to conduct LOW-E coated glass online production.
In occidental developed countries, the popularizing rate of LOW-E glass exceeds 80%, while this rate in China is still less than 10%, which has a relatively huge gap compared with developed countries, coupled with rapid urbanization development and the application in vehicles and household appliances, the market prospect of LOW-E glass is very broad. According to the forecast of Twelfth Five-Year Development Plan of Flat Glass Industry, China's LOW-E glass demand volume will continue to increase rapidly with the compound growth rate of 18%, and the demand volume will reach 140 million square meters by 2015.