The global window film market size was 10.5 billion in 2021. It is estimated to reach an expected value of USD 17 billion by 2030 at a CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period (2022-2030).
Window films are widely utilized to protect the interiors of buildings and cars from UV rays and IR rays and reduce glare. The durability and performance of window films are based on the quality and type of the components used, such as protective release liners, adhesives, polyester films, scratch-resistant coatings, dyes, metals, alloys, and UV inhibitors. The global window film market is expected to witness significant growth over the next six years owing to a strong product demand from various end-use industries such as automotive, residential & commercial construction, and marine.
Window films are frequently used in cars and windows for energy-efficient heating and cooling in home and commercial applications. Window film promotes the average consumption of 30% heat loss through windows and doors at residences, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Over the forecast years, improvement in window films is expected to assist in reducing solar heat gain and winter heat loss in commercial and residential buildings, leading to sustainable growth. Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) are used in commercial and residential buildings to efficiently preserve energy and increase energy efficiency by establishing a stable and sustainable environment.
The development of net zero energy buildings and the construction of more green buildings are predicted to drive up window film demand. But over the following years, the window film market is anticipated to be driven by expanding consumer knowledge about the viability and cost of window film, as well as rising environmental concerns regarding carbon dioxide emissions and increasing energy efficiency.
The global construction industry is expected to drive the window film market. The construction industries in emerging economies are expected to grow at in faster rate than compared to developed economies. Middle East & Africa is expected to witness significant growth owing to increasing investment in infrastructure and strong economic development.
Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic situation, ongoing construction projects have stalled for a short period till the pandemic situation becomes normal. Before the COVID-19 situation, countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Brazil have been experiencing increasing construction activities owing to rapid urbanization and increasing disposable income in the Asia Pacific region. Rising awareness, increasing demand for sustainable infrastructure, and rising construction spending by the government in these economies are expected to have a positive impact over the forecast period.
On account of diversifying the economy of Saudi Arabia from an oil-based economy to a tourism-based economy. The government of Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in infrastructure development, reducing carbon footprint levels; the green building concept is gaining popularity, driving the demand for window film in Saudi Arabia.
The global window film market is anticipated to have an adverse impact owing to increasing regulation on tinted films used in automobiles, limiting visible light transmission (VLT). Particularly at night, poor sight can result in theft or an accident. Higher VLT ratings are favored for maintaining natural lighting, while lower ratings typically have superior glare reduction.
Only a few nations have completely outlawed tinted window coatings. For instance, due to rising violence and the continued threat of terrorism, nations like Portugal, Bolivia, Belarus, Iraq, Libya, Kenya, Kuwait, and Pakistan have outlawed window tinting. Several nations may grant exemptions if drivers or passengers suffer from diseases like lupus, UV allergy, photosensitivity, or melanoma. Because of the reduced visibility inside and around the car, windows with a high tint can result in dooring occurrences for pedestrians and cyclists. India banned tinted window films in vehicles which negatively impacted the global market and resulted in adverse effects on the global market.
One of the most popular automotive aftermarket products nowadays is car window film. The Auto Care Association estimates over 500,000 independent U.S. manufacturers, parts merchants, repair facilities, and distributors. The demand for window films is growing as accidents occur more frequently, as direct sunlight can harm passengers' skin, and excessive temperatures can cause systems to malfunction. Additionally, movies offer solutions to many driving issues, such as glaring sunlight, gleaming glass, and heat that damages or fades the interior.
By product, the global market is segmented into sun control, decorative, security & safety, and privacy. The sun control window film segment accounted for the largest market share and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4.5% over the forecast period. Technology advancement Window film is expected to support a sustainable and comfortable building environment by lowering solar heat gain and winter heat loss. They have a wide range of uses in both home and business settings, such as preventing carpets, paints, and room coatings from fading furniture. Due to the construction industry, Sun control window film demand is anticipated to increase in growing economies, including China, India, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. These films improve aesthetics and protection in the automotive sector while reducing solar heat gain. Additionally, it safeguards interior features like chairs, audio systems, and other electronics. Over the coming years, these factors will propel the window film industry.
By application, the global market is segmented into automotive, residential, commercial, marine, and others. The automotive segment accounted for the largest market share and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% over the forecast period. Demand for window films is anticipated to rise due to a growing tendency toward producing lightweight vehicle components due to the strict environmental laws established by the government to encourage fuel efficiency. Automotive applications use safety and security window films to prevent harm from flying fragments. Window films offer excellent heat control and UV protection. Due to electric vehicles, the resurgence of the car industry in European nations like Germany, France, and Italy is anticipated to have a favorable effect on window film demand over the projection period.
The residential segment is the second largest. Increasing investments to develop affordable housing schemes in emerging economies of the Asia Pacific and Latin America is expected to drive window film demand for residential applications. Investments to modernize the country's aging infrastructure and renewable energy sector, along with the growing population, will generate demand for residential buildings. An increase in per-capita middle-class disposable income coupled with population expansion, particularly in Asia, is expected to drive the window film market. An increase in refurbishment/redevelopment activities and the introduction of luxury buildings under green building norms are expected to drive the window film market over the forecast period.
By region, the global window film market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America and Middle East & Africa.
North America accounted for the largest market share and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4.6% over the forecast period. Due to capital expenditure reductions in the oil and gas sector and the Liberal government's economic stimulus plan to encourage new non-residential building, new investments are being made in North America, demonstrating a rebound in Canada's residential and nonresidential development. Furthermore, the rise in long-term interest rates is likely to moderate, given the anticipated rate rises by the Federal Reserve. On the good side, the US economy is still adding jobs, lending requirements are loosening, commercial real estate market fundamentals are improving, and state and municipal construction bond initiatives are providing more significant financial support. These elements are anticipated to increase demand in the building industry for a variety of specialist window films, particularly for sun control and privacy windows. As cleaner energy sources are used more frequently, and carbon emissions are decreased, the market for solar (sun control) films is predicted to expand. Residential building has witnessed continued strength for multifamily housing, while single-family housing seems to have re-established an upward trend after its 2018 plateau. As a result of the continued strength in the tourism and hospitality sector and the building of numerous hotels and even malls, among other commercial spaces, the commercial construction segment is also expanding. Over the anticipated years, the region's expanding market segments will drive demand for window films.
Europe is the third largest region. It is estimated to reach an expected value of USD 4870 million by 2030 at a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period. The European economy is on the path to recovering from the recent global economic slowdown. Central & Eastern European countries are expected to witness the highest gains in the construction sector. Numerous factors, such as the improvement of real household disposable income, and low-interest rates, coupled with the European Commission's Investment Plan for Europe, are expected to contribute to the modest overall average growth in the construction sector. Safety & security films are expected to grow because of several terrorist attacks and threats in major urban centers such as London, Paris, and Brussels. Residential and commercial buildings and spaces are prone to becoming targets for such anti-social elements owing to a large crowd, which has prompted safety concerns. Protective window films not only prevent glass breakage but also serve to protect individuals from receiving injuries in case of broken window shards. The decline in oil prices has boosted personal disposable income across Europe, despite other detrimental factors, such as the slowdown in the world economy, which has affected lucrative exports from Germany in the automotive sector. However, the most significant factor affecting the residential market is the inflow of refugees, which has increased the pressure to provide housing across the Euro-construct area, especially in Germany and Norway. These factors are expected to contribute to Europe's residential window film market growth over the forecast period.
The Asia Pacific is the third largest region. The Asia Pacific construction industry is expanding rapidly owing to rising urbanization, especially in emerging economies such as China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam, among other Southeast Asian countries. The exponential growing population in these countries, coupled with the high demand for affordable housing, and government schemes promoting basic amenities such as food & shelter, is expected to drive the window film market. Furthermore, stringent regulations and growing consumer awareness regarding their carbon footprints are expected to foster the development of green buildings, which are significant users of sustainable & energy-conserving materials such as window films. Decorative films are expected to gain high interest in the region as consumers seek innovative yet low-cost options to make their houses, offices, and even automobiles more attractive. Companies in the market have also introduced decorative films with varied textures and colors that serve significant functions such as light permeability, privacy, and safety, along with basic decoration applications. These films may also be utilized for working offices that wish to utilize a specific section for client presentations without affecting the workers' productivity, among other instances.
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