Global Construction Glass Market Outlook to 2028£1,695.00
The construction glass market has been showing some substantial demand growth on the back of increased use of glass in developing and emerging markets. Urbanisation is one of the major drivers behind the growth, particularly with increasing number of high rise buildings in large densely populated cities. Lack of space and rising land prices are pushing property developers towards high rise building. In matured markets, availability of skilled labours as well as supplies of prefabricated glass windows and facade claddings are some key supportive factors for the high usage of glass in the construction industry. However, developing markets are lagging behind in the race due to the inadequacy of such facilities.
The non-residential sector is expected to continue account for the largest market share in the construction glass market. Hotels and shopping centres will be some of the major subsectors which will keep the demand elevated. In most developing markets, where alternative materials were previously used for durability and lower maintenance costs, have now been switching towards glass panels for both aesthetics as well as prestige reasons.
However, one of the key aspects which require attention across commercial, residential and infrastructure construction is the environmental and energy-saving attributes. Intensive marketing will be required to influence the governments in policy making, strong coordination with designers and structural engineers etc. Awareness, marketing, and a good technical team are also very important for furthering construction glass demand.
Rising costs and availability of cheap and durable alternative materials continue to remain a significant downside risk to the growing demand, particularly in the residential sector. Commodity Inside also believes that the tightening of monetary policy has a strong correlation with residential construction. The US Federal Reserve is expected to switch towards tighter monetary policy this year while other central banks including People's Bank of China are expected to keep the policy relatively tight. These measures would hamper construction glass demand in various markets in the short term.
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The Global Steel Rail Market Outlook to 2027£2,678.00
Infrastructure plays a vital role in the economic development of a country. Most matured economies allocate a significant portion of their annual budget for refurbishing and upgrading infrastructure. Similarly, developing countries are also racing for building up their infrastructure by funding through fiscal coffers and lending. Commodity Inside believes that due to growing population and urbanisation there is significant pressure on infrastructure and multi-billion infrastructure projects have been announced across the world. The US government plans to spend around $1 trillion on infrastructure over the next ten years.
Railways is a vital component of the infrastructure industry and currently going through significant overhauls across the world. Over the past few years, we saw some rail producers complaining about the limited growth and cost pressures and started to offload their rail units. Longs steel producers usually prefer to produce sections and other construction products due to better demand fundamentals. Most of the recently added rail capacity was in China due to domestic demand and non-market forces. Iran also entered the rail market with Esfahan Steel added 400,000 tonnes/year rail capacity to its portfolio in 2016.
Indeed, limited demand growth has been one of the culprits deterring new entrants or new capacity additions. Demand and supply also remained range-bound over the past few years. However, we have recently identified some growth pockets across the world which are going to underpin demand over the next decade. High-speed rail, electrification and new rails projects would be some of the fundamental drivers increasing demand for rails.
The Chinese initiative to improve connectivity through One Belt One Road (OBOR) would have a phenomenal impact on the rail industry. A large number of rail projects are planned under the OBOR initiative across Asia and Africa. The aim is to connect China with major trading regions including Europe. The train transport has already started between China and Europe where first Chinese freight train arrived in the UK in January 2017 while the first ever direct train from London to China full of goods completed its journey in April 2017. More recently, in November 2017, a train with 41 containers reached Xi'an Port in China from Finland's Kouvola. It was the first Central European train between China and the Nordic countries. The cargo included electromechanical equipment and various commodities. Dozens of European cities have now direct rail links with China.
The Global Aluminium Market Outlook to 2027£1,695.00
China which is the key player in the aluminium market has been slashing its aluminium capacity to help stabilise the market as well as reduce pollution. It is estimated that China will cut around 3-4 million tonnes of aluminium capacity this year. This may result in tighter market balance for some time and increase prices. The current price surge is more driven by non-market forces, though a downward price correction is expected due to weak demand and overproduction. We expect that China’s capacity closures will help in better market fundamentals in the short term. However, once the environmental compliance procedure completed, the new and cost efficient supply growth will substantially increase, which may impact the global aluminium market.
The current US administration understands the Chinese origin materials as a significant threat to its industry and is planning to limit it through tariff and other trade barriers arguing to protect its domestic industry and create jobs. However, we expect that this will likely to impact the automotive sector in the US and will result in higher production costs. Aluminium is not the exception, and other materials such as steel have also been the target of rising trade barriers. If these proposals materialised then, it would result in a global trade war.
The global aluminium demand is still weak but will show some strength over the next ten years. The automotive sector has remained the key driver behind the growth. Most OEMs and auto body producers are located in developed markets so consequently the automotive sector dominates aluminium market in these markets. The usage of aluminium in the automotive sector is growing as aluminium is lighter than steel which makes it more ideal for vehicles. Light vehicles improve fuel efficiency, reduce carbon dioxide emission and are environment-friendly. The current wave of substituting steel with aluminium is mainly supported by the EU emissions scheme and the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulation in the US.
The Global Transparent Barrier Packaging Film Market out to 2022£1,695.00
The global transparent barrier packaging film market is expected to perform better than some its rival packaging. The growth will mainly be supported by continued consumer focus on better quality products. Consumers are now increasingly demanding visual transparency of food products, owing to the increasing health concerns and awareness about food hygiene. The rising consumer awareness has resulted in consumers and manufacturers favouring transparent barrier film packaging in both, food and non-food products, a trend that is expected to follow in the coming years.
Increased regulations concerning sustainable packaging have managed to raise environmental awareness resulting in consumers increasingly demanding environmentally friendly products. Manufacturers are now forced to look into sustainable, transparent film packaging applications in an attempt to gain consumer approval.
Going forward, Commodity Inside anticipates the growth would be supported mainly by emerging markets. Food sectors such as processed meat, dairy and snacks would continue to be the major end users of transparent barrier packaging films. Demand for transparent packaging film in other non-food sectors such as personal care, pet food and pharmaceutical packaging is anticipated to pick up greater momentum providing better opportunities for expansion for market players into these sectors.
Global Steel Sheet Products Market 2017-2022
It is a difficult time for steel producers as they have been struggling to improve their margins and defending their market share. Protectionism is also on the rise as manufacturers, particularly in matured markets in Europe and North America, are facing fierce competition from cheap imports from elsewhere. Antidumping trade cases and Section 232 investigation are some of the latest measures the affected markets have taken to protect their industries. For instance, the USA has more than 190 tariffs, new laws and a federal investigation on imported steel and the EU has 39 antidumping or anti subsidy measures on steel, with 17 against China.
Despite high marginal costs and low capacity utilisation in most markets, millions tonnes of sheet capacities are still coming online every year globally, further worsening the market conditions. The demand-side story is not much different; automotive producers are opting for alternative materials such as aluminium and carbon composites to keep the costs and body-in-white down. Lacklustre mining and construction markets to some extent have also been affecting the yellow goods sales. There are also various trends and developments in energy and infrastructure markets which are having some impact on the sheet market.
Currently, most companies are cutting their costs on market research for various reasons. However, in such weak and fast changing market conditions, it is essential for the steel industry to keep informed about both short and long-term future direction in the market. Our aim is to provide knowledge to our clients and value for their money. Therefore, this report is devised in a unique way, that unlike other reports in the market, it provides both short and long terms analysis under only one subscription. Moreover, it also provides analysis for downstream industries, which our competitors lack