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This report identifies and quantifies the opportunities, challenges, and prospects for growth in the smart windows market. Specifically, it analyzes smart window technologies, geographic regions with high growth potential, supply chain dynamics, and their impact on smart windows market growth; the dominant firms that will have the greatest impact on the growth of the market; other growth drivers; and our eight-year forecast for the smart windows market.
For the purposes of this report, smart windows include any window that has functionality applied to it either in a retrofit way or built-in manner that enables energy conservation, privacy, and/or convenience to the user.
We are principally concerned with the smart windows and materials/coatings themselves, but we will also consider and discuss the ancillary materials that are used in assembling smart windows. We will also discuss the manufacturing technologies and scale that will have impact on the growth of the smart windows market.
This report analyzes the use of and opportunities for smart windows in architectural, transportation, and other applications. This analysis is carried out taking consideration of the forces that shape smart coatings markets and those that shape construction and transportation markets. We also include an assessment of each of the types of smart coatings technologies that are likely to gain significant penetration into windows markets and the unique aspects of their use in windows.
While one of the major goals of the report is to provide detailed forecasts for the smart windows market, the continued uncertainty on a global economic scale and in construction markets in particular increases the uncertainty of such forecasts and predictions.
For example, the OLED market was predicted to be a multibillion dollar market by 2012. Due Economic turmoil and competition from incumbent LCD technologies has, however, resulted in significantly slower growth for OLEDs.
This report is international in scope. The forecasts are worldwide and there has been no geographic selectivity in the firms covered or interviewed in the collection of information for this report. We do, however, focus our global discussion on certain countries in different regions which we think are significant growth drivers for the smart windows.