Advancements in insulated glass, and increased regulations regarding carbon emissions, are expected to grow the sales of energy efficient glass into the next decade. According to BIS Research, a market research firm located in Bloomington, Minn. that specializes in emerging technologies, the global energy efficient glass market is expected to reach about $18 billion by 2026, which represents a nearly 20 percent increase from 2016.
Automation in the glass industry is growing. As Industry 4.0 continues to trend upward, glass manufacturers are finding ways to increase productivity, speed production flow, anticipate potential breakdowns, and mitigate problems. That means major investments in optimization, 3-D printing, big data networking and yes, robotic automation.
Earlier this year, we sent an email to our customers asking them for feedback on all aspects of our products and the service we provide. Respondents were told that for every completed survey, we would make a donation to a worthy organization of their choice. Once the survey was completed, they were asked to pick one of several charities listed.
This fall the U.S. House passed a government-wide spending bill that funds the Energy Star program at $33 million, which is 53% less than current funding levels. An earlier draft of the budget proposed wiping out the program completely.
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Good news for the glass industry: The global flat glass market is projected to more than double by 2022.
The U.S. window and door industry is expected to hit $34 billion in 2021. That’s a 25 percent increase from today where the market is at $27.2 billion.