The global market for aircraft transparencies market is estimated to be USD 1.6 billion in 2023 and expected to reach USD 2.3 billion by 2028 at a CAGR of 7.3% from 2023 to 2028. The demand for aircraft transparencies is primarily driven by the growth of the aviation industry, including both commercial and military sectors. As air travel continues to increase, there is a corresponding need for new aircraft, as well as maintenance and replacement of existing aircraft components.
Major manufacturers in this market are based in North America and Europe. PPG Industries, Inc. (US), GKN Aerospace (UK), Saint-Gobain (France), General Electric Company (US), and Gentex Corporation (US) are among a few leading players operating in the aircraft transparencies market. Major focus was given to the development of new technologies due to the changing requirements of aircraft transparencies customers across the world. These players have adopted various growth strategies to strengthen their position in the market. These include product launches, contracts, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, and new product development activities further to expand their presence in the aircraft transparencies market.
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PPG Industries, Inc.
PPG Industries, Inc. was ranked first in the aircraft transparencies market in 2022. The company provides coatings, sealants, transparencies, transparent armor, adhesives, engineered materials, packaging, and chemical management services for the aerospace industry. PPG’s design capabilities include glass, acrylic, and polycarbonate substrates with advanced-technology coatings and liners for specific performance characteristics, heating systems to meet flight requirements, edge attachments for load-carrying capabilities, and interlayers that adhere to structural plies. In November 2019, PPG Industries completed the acquisition of Texstars, LLC, a manufacturer of high-performance transparencies, wingtip lenses, and plastic components for aerospace and defense vehicles and a leader in advanced transparent coatings.
GKN Aerospace was ranked second in the aircraft transparencies market. The company focuses on manufacturing integrated aerostructures, including wing/empennage and flight control surface assemblies and fuselage structures. The company also offers fixed and rotating propulsion products for aircraft engines, fan cases, engine components, exhaust systems, and nacelles; transparencies comprising cockpit and cabin windows; ice protection systems; fuel systems; and floatation devices. This division serves aircraft and prime engine contractors and other Tier-I suppliers.
Saint-Gobain was ranked third in the aircraft transparencies market in 2022. Saint-Gobain is a French multinational corporation with a rich history spanning over 350 years. The company operates in the fields of building materials, construction products, and high-performance materials. With a global presence and a strong focus on innovation and sustainability, Saint-Gobain has established itself as a key player in the industry. Saint-Gobain's expertise extends to high-performance materials used in industries such as automotive, aerospace, energy, and healthcare. The company produces ceramics, plastics, abrasives, and performance polymers that offer exceptional strength, durability, and functionality. These materials contribute to technological advancements and innovation in various sectors, enabling the development of cutting-edge products and solutions
General Electric Company
General Electric Company is one of the leading manufacturers and distributors of aircraft transparencies. The company, through its Aviation business division, provides jet engines and turboprops for commercial and military airframes, maintenance, component repair, and overhaul services, as well as replacement parts, additive machines and materials, and engineering services.
Gentex Corporation is one of the specialists offering aircraft transparencies. Gentex Corporation is a renowned supplier of advanced electronic solutions for the aerospace industry. The company specializes in developing and manufacturing innovative products for aircraft applications, including dimmable windows, smart glass systems, and integrated camera displays. Gentex's aerospace solutions enhance passenger comfort, safety, and overall flying experience. With a strong focus on technology and reliability, Gentex has established itself as a trusted partner to aerospace manufacturers, delivering cutting-edge solutions that improve cabin aesthetics, reduce glare, enhance privacy, and offer advanced vision capabilities. The company's commitment to innovation and quality has solidified its position as a leading provider of electronic solutions in the aerospace sector.
Aircraft Transparencies Market Application, by Aircraft Type (Military Aviation, Commercial Aviation, Business), End-Use (Oem, and Aftermarket), Material (Glass, Acrylic, and Polycarbonate), and Region - Global Forecast to 2028
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