The aircraft windows and windshields market is anticipated to register a CAGR of above 3% during the forecast period.
- The market for aircraft windows and windshields is majorly driven by the demand for new-generation aircraft, in both the military and commercial aviation industries.
- The preference of lighter interior component products by airlines, in order to cut down the fuel consumption and reduce fuel costs, is generating demand for new composite windows and windshields.
- The development of new and smart windows and windshields with features, like navigation, trajectory predictions, and performance computation, among others, are expected to generate demand during the forecast period.
Key Market Trends
Commercial Segment to Register the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period
The commercial segment of the market is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This is mainly due to the increasing aircraft procurements by airlines, in order to cater to the ever-growing passenger traffic. In 2018, the aerospace giants, Boeing and Airbus, delivered 806 and 800 commercial aircraft respectively, and this number is further expected to increase in the future. Additionally, variation in the number of windows of narrow-body, wide-body, and regional jets are supporting the growth of this segment. Advancements in the aircraft windows and windshields, like the replacement of traditional pull-down plastic shade window with smart dimmable windows that can adjust the quantity of light, based on the requirement of the passengers, may propel the growth of this segment during the forecast period.
Asia-Pacific Region to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period
Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to record the highest growth during the forecast period. The growth of the aircraft windows and windshields market in this region is propelled by the fast growing aviation industries in China and India. Additionally, the countries, like Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, and Vietnam, are propelling this growth, due to the on-going investments in the aviation industry by public and private companies and growth of tourism in this region. The increasing military spending of the region, powered by on-going tensions between the countries of the region, is another factor supporting the growth. In 2018, the military spending of the region was USD 507 billion that accounted for 28% of the total world military expenditure, as China increased its military spending by 5%, India by 3.1%, Pakistan by 11%, and South Korea by 5.1%, as compared to those of 2017. This increasing military spending is generating demand for new military aircraft, which in turn, is generating demand for aircraft windows and windshields.
The aircraft windows and windshields market is highly consolidated, with majority of share held by very few players in the market. Some of the prominent players in the market are PPG Industries Inc., Saint-Gobain SA, NORDAM Group Inc., Melrose Industries, and Lee Aerospace. Development of new windows, with the integration of electronics that can help in enhancing passenger experience, is expected to attract the aircraft OEMs. For instance, Vision Systems developed a multizone dimmable window, with an integrated transparent control panel based on electroluminescent technology, and motorized shade for two windows, with dimmable front panel. The company also plans to unveil a new concept of smart window, in which, images and videos may be displayed directly on the aircraft window or cabin divider.
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