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Solar Control Window Films Market

Solar Control Window Films Market: Information by Type (Dyed, Vacuum, Clear), Absorber Type (Organic, Inorganic, Metallic), Application (Construction, Automotive, Marine), and Regions—Forecast till 2031

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Market Overview

The global solar control window films market was valued at USD $4.73 billion in 2022. It is estimated to reach USD $10.78 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 9.57% during the forecast period (2023–2031).

The building, construction, and automobile industries mostly use thin polyester-based solar control window films. The inside side of glass panes or windows in homes, offices, the hospitality industry, cars, and airlines are typically covered with window films. Thus, these films limit the quantity of visible light and glare entering the space or vehicle, decrease heat gain, and block UV rays. Solar control window films are available in many different shades (such as black film for glass windows), thicknesses, grades, finishes, and applications, providing a range of functional and aesthetically pleasing qualities.

Market Snapshot

market snapshot
Base Year
: 2022
Study Period
: 2021-2031
: 9.57 %
Fastest Growing Market
: Europe
Largest Market
: North America
Market Size
: USD $10.78 billion by 2031
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Market Dynamics

Market Drivers

  • Significant Benefits of Solar Control Window Films in the Residential and Commercial Buildings

Solar control films today are essential components of residential and commercial buildings. Heat gain through windows accounts for around 25 to 30% of the cooling energy demand in commercial buildings in the Americas and Europe. Applying solar control films helps reduce the transmission of solar heat energy by increasing window glass's absorbing or reflecting properties. Moreover, in recent years, increasing attention has been directed towards energy savings in buildings (residential and commercial) as they account for around 20–40% of total energy consumption in developed countries. 

Window films are designed to keep out the sun, thereby reducing the cooling load and consequently lowering energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and also providing an aesthetic look to the buildings. Some of the key benefits of solar protection window films include protection against the adverse effects of the sun, enhanced security, increased privacy, and aesthetic purposes. The building and construction industry's growth and increased spending on the construction sector is further expected to drive market growth. 

  • Widespread Use of Sun Control Window Films in The Automotive Industry

Solar control films are installed in automobiles as they provide superior advantages such as reducing heat; providing UV protection and privacy; holding shattered glass; and reducing glare. Solar films increase occupant comfort by keeping the interior of the car cooler. Growing safety concerns from harmful UV rays are the prime factor propelling the demand for solar control window glass in automobiles, as these UV rays have been known to cause around 90 percent of sun damage in humans.

Moreover, solar films also block out harmful UV rays, which tend to damage the car's interior over time. The energy consumption for cooling the vehicle (interior AC) increases due to the increased heat dissipation in the car. Thus, the high demand for solar control window films in the automotive industry is expected to drive the growth of the global solar control window films market during the forecast period.

Market Restraint

  • Inclination towards the Use of Smart Glasses in the Building and Construction Industry

Smart glass, which can be directly controlled by building occupants, is gaining popularity for its ability to reduce energy costs, improve occupant comfort, maximize access to daylight and outdoor views, and provide architects with more design freedom. The application of smart glasses allows the occupants with various control options, wherein users can operate automatic control settings to manage light, glare, energy use, and color rendering. The controls can also be integrated into an existing building automation system. Moreover, these glasses help building owners achieve their sustainability goals through energy conservation, allowing a reduction in the overall energy loads by an average of 20% and peak energy demand by up to 26%. Furthermore, smart windows also offer considerable environmental benefits. Thus, the availability of these alternatives to solar control window films will likely restrain the global market growth.

Market Opportunities

  • Projected Rise in Demand for the Product in the Emerging Economies

Automobile solar control window films are increasingly preferred in premium vehicles to improve the appearance and safety of vehicles. Increasing demand for premium vehicles in the developing economies of Asia-Pacific, particularly India, South Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand, is likely to fuel the demand for automotive solar control films at a substantial rate. In addition, Latin America is a high-growth potential automotive market with an expanding consumer base and production. In recent years, the production and sale of automobiles have surged in significant economies, such as Mexico and Brazil. The market is also witnessing a healthy growth rate in Peru and Chile. Therefore, solar control window films' future is anticipated to increase at a healthy rate due to the extensive usage of sun control window films in automobiles and the predicted expansion of the automotive business in these economies.

Segmental Analysis

The global solar control window films market is segmented into type, absorber type, and application.

Based on Type, The global solar control window films market is divided into dyed, vacuum, clear, and others.

The vacuum segment is the highest contributor to the market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.10% during the forecast period. A transparent polyester film can have a layer or coating of metal put to it using vacuum-formed films, also referred to as metalized films, before being laminated with another polyester layer. Films with different levels of light transmittance can be created because this process can be precisely controlled. To remove any sheen or reflectivity, they still need to add a dye or pigment to the glue, which makes them also prone to fading over time.

Dyed films come in various colors and are produced in one of two ways, i.e., the dye is applied to the polyester film itself, or the dye is mixed into the laminating or mounting adhesive. Using dye on the base film is preferred as this process avoids the complications associated with mixing adhesives and dyes, then applying solids laden mixture to the base film. Features of dyed films include increased optical quality and clarity through robust glare control. Additionally, dyed films quickly shrink to the glass and have a shorter drying time than a film with a metal layer. However, dyed films are less effective in controlling solar heat gain because they control the heat by absorbing solar energy.

Based on Absorber Type, The global solar control window films market is divided into organic, inorganic, and metallic.

The organic segment owns the highest market share and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 9.17% over the forecast period. Organic coatings are also used in safety films by using adhesives. These are thicker and give protection against glass shards. However, when combined with heat, organic molecules may stress the glass, which may result in cracking. Spirulina, algae found in open sources of warm freshwater, absorbs energy from the sun. It contains phycocyanin, which helps the plant absorb the entire light spectrum, enabling it to absorb more solar energy than other plants.

Most metals have good solar energy absorption. The sun's energy is retained by features made of copper, stainless steel, or other metals. Metallic absorbers are used as decorative and style statements for the end user. It significantly reflects sun rays, which helps reduce power bills due to the ingress of lesser heat. Typical metals used in coatings of solar window films include aluminum, copper, steel, and tungsten. Moreover, the adoption of titanium dioxide dye, owing to its self-cleaning properties, promotes the use of metallic coatings.

Based on Application, The global solar control window films market is divided into construction, automotive, marine, decorative, and others.

The construction segment is the highest contributor to the market and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 9.92% during the forecast period. A glass with a special coating intended to lessen the heat entering a building is known as solar control glass. It filters light to reduce glare, and both reflects and absorbs heat. Blinds and air conditioning may not be as necessary when sun control glass is used. By absorbing the UV component of the sun's light, solar control glass protects interiors from fading and protects people from the harmful components of natural sunlight. Further, solar control glass windows can also reduce unpleasant glare while allowing optimum natural light transmission into the building's interior.

Solar control windows are built to last in harsh and extreme sea conditions. Marine vessel and boat manufacturers are producing luxury and high-end yachts with higher-grade interiors, so protecting them from fading and cracking has become increasingly crucial. Window tinting not only protects the seats, carpets, vinyl, leather, and other interior and furniture of the boat but also helps in air conditioning, consuming less energy.

Regional Analysis

North America Dominates the Global Market

By region, the global solar control window films market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa.

North America is the most significant shareholder in the global solar control window films market and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 10.01% during the forecast period. This area has experienced rapid growth, which is linked to expanding infrastructure. According to the US Department of Energy's 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review, implementing the best available energy efficiency technologies in the country's existing building stock would result in a 50% reduction in residential energy consumption and a 46% reduction in commercial consumption. The expanding automobile industry in this area is another factor driving the market. This region is home to some of the biggest automakers, including Tesla, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors. Growing residential building and accommodative lending practices have also fueled the expansion of this industry.

Europe is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.66% over the forecast period. A robust demand from the automobile sector is anticipated to support a slight increase in European solar window film demand. Due to the developed automobile sector, Germany is the primary market for these movies in Europe. In addition, Germany has the potential to produce vehicles equal to one-third of all vehicles produced in Europe, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.

The growth in the Asia-Pacific region is attributed to rapid industrialization and commercialization in economies such as India, Thailand, and South Korea. The rising residential and commercial constructions, especially in India and China, due to the growing economy, and population, increasing government and private sector investments, rising per-capita income, growing consumer spending, and improving the standard of living are expected to boost the demand for construction materials in the region. In addition, the governments of India and China have eased norms for foreign direct investment in the real estate and construction industries. The Indian construction market is anticipated to grow to be the third-largest in the world, according to Invest India, leading to the expansion of the market growth.

Latin America is a high growth potential for the solar control window films market as the automotive market is expanding in the region. In recent years, the production and sale of automobiles have surged in significant economies, such as Mexico and Brazil. The market is also witnessing a healthy growth rate in Peru and Chile. The growing middle-class population in the region with increased purchasing power and continued investments in infrastructure development. The increasing focus of the governments on in-house automobile production and initiatives to promote the automotive market are some of the prominent factors driving the expansion of the automotive market in the region, thereby causing the solar control window films market to grow.

The Middle East and Africa region's share of the market for solar window film exists in the single digits. More advanced economies like the GCC and South Africa are propelling market expansion in this region. Additionally, the Middle East and Africa region's strong growth in the automotive and construction sectors is anticipated to provide a favorable environment for market expansion soon. The automotive industry in the Middle East is dynamic and one of the fastest-growing, owing to factors such as high per capita disposable income, growing population, and availability of lucrative financing options in the region.

Although the regional automotive market has witnessed a slowdown in recent years, it continues to offer immense opportunities in automobile manufacturing, aftermarket, and new technology development. Besides, increasing government investments to boost domestic manufacturing is likely to drive the demand for vehicles in the region in the years to follow, leading to the steady growth of the automotive industry. The governments in these countries are providing incentives and devising plans to establish themselves as regional automobile manufacturing hub. Thus, the abovementioned factors boost the region's global solar control window films market.

Solar Control Window Films Market Regional Analysis
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Top Key Players of Solar Control Window Films Market

  1. 3M
  2. The Window Film Company
  3. Eastman Chemical Company
  4. Garware Suncontrol
  5. Avery Dennison Corporation
  6. Saint-Gobain
  7. Madico, Inc
  8. Solar Screen International SA
  9. Johnson Laminating & Coating, Inc

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
CAGR 9.57%
Forecast Period 2023-2031
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
Segments Covered
  1. By Type
    1. Dyed
    2. Vacuum
    3. Clear
    4. Others
  2. By Absorber Type
    1. Organic
    2. Inorganic
    3. Metallic
  3. By Applications
    1. Construction
    2. Automotive
    3. Marine
    4. Decorative
    5. Others
Geographies Covered
  • North America
  • Europe
  • APAC
  • Middle East and Africa

Recent Developments

August 2022- The Window Film Company announced that it had completed printing and installing a striking set of bespoke graphics at a South London nursery. As a privacy solution, the printed window film was needed to block the view and make the large building look bright and inviting.

Solar Control Window Films Market Segmentation

By Type

  1. Dyed
  2. Vacuum
  3. Clear
  4. Others

By Absorber Type

  1. Organic
  2. Inorganic
  3. Metallic

By Applications

  1. Construction
  2. Automotive
  3. Marine
  4. Decorative
  5. Others

By Regions

  1. North America
  2. Europe
  3. Asia-Pacific
  4. Latin America
  5. The Middle East and Africa
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