Solar-Reflective Windshields Gaining Ground on Conventional Glass
Solar-reflective windshields reflect infrared rays and reduce the amount of heat entering the car, thus maintaining cabin temperature and enhancing occupant comfort.
The global automotive windshield market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 4% from 2018-2022, according to a recent report from Technavio, due primarily to a global rise in automotive sales. Sales of automotive windshields are closely related to the growth of the passenger and commercial vehicles market. The passenger vehicle segment accounts for the major portion of the global automotive windshield market; this segment has been exhibiting a CAGR of around 4% in recent years.
Conventional glass is increasingly being replaced by solar-reflective windshields. Solar-reflective windshields reflect infrared rays and reduce the amount of heat entering the car, thus maintaining cabin temperature and enhancing occupant comfort. These windshields reflect nearly 50% of the infrared rays back into the atmosphere and thus keep the cabin, steering wheel, seats, and other plastic components cool. Solar reflective windshields also enhance vehicle styling.
Asia-Pacific was the leading region for the global automotive windshield market in 2017, accounting for a market share of more than 54%, followed by the Americas and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth, while EMEA is expected to witness a decline of close to 2% in its market share over the forecast period.
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