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Research and Markets: Smart Windows Materials Markets 2015 – 2022

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Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the “Smart Windows Materials Markets 2015 – 2022” report to their offering.

By 2020, it is believed that revenues from EC glass and film will reach $620 million.

Other existing smart windows materials are expected to find niche markets in which they are quite successful. SPD has had success in the automotive sector and is making inroads into the aircraft industry. PDLC is a popular choice for dynamic privacy glass. Revenues from SPD and PDLC in 2020 are expected to reach almost $80 million.

From the perspective of materials suppliers, it is believed that the smart windows market continues to offer important opportunities. We are seeing older technologies – such as photochromics – become more competitive with the dominant SPD and electrochromic materials and there are also entirely new materials such as hydrogels and versioned display materials that are beginning to play in the smart windows space. We are also impressed with the recent willingness of deep pocket investors and other well-known firms to get involved in the smart windows space.

With these developments in mind, this report identifies and quantifies the opportunities in the smart windows materials space. It contains a granular eight-year forecast in both volume and value terms as well as an assessment of the strategies being deployed in this market by notable firms. The technologies/materials covered in this report include electrochromic, photochromic, hydrogel, thermochromic. PDLC, SPD, hydrogels, pixel-based technologies and microblinds.

The forecasts and analysis cover not only the active smart materials used in these technologies, but also the substrate materials; both plastic and glass. We also examine changing manufacturing patterns within the smart windows sector. In addition, this report analyzes a number of different business models being used in the smart windows sector and shows how materials play into the total smart windows value chain.

This report quantifies the markets for smart windows materials used in buildings, as well as in transportation. It provides eight-year forecasts for smart windows materials, with breakouts for the various types of materials used in each application. It also discusses the business models currently being employed by the firms in smart windows materials business.

Key Topics Covered:

Executive Summary

E.1 Changes in Markets and Technologies Since Our Previous Report: The Comfort Factor

E.2 Materials Opportunities in the Electrochromic Windows Space: Mid-Term Future for Smart Windows

E.3 Materials Opportunities in SPD Windows: The Once and Future?

E.4 Materials Opportunities in Photochromic Windows: Not Much Going On

E.5 Materials Opportunities in Thermochromic Windows: Many Kinds of Materials

E.6 Materials Opportunities in PDLC: Privacy Windows

E.7 Opportunities for Novel Materials: Hydrogels, Micro-blinds and Versioned Display Technologies

E.8 Firms to Watch in the Smart Windows Materials Space

E.9 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts for Smart Windows Materials

Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Electrochromic Smart Windows

2.1 Electrochromic Smart Window Markets: Evolution

2.2 Electrochromic Materials Suitable for Smart Windows: Metal Oxides, Polymers and Viologens

2.3 Manufacturing Developments: Need for Improvements

2.4 Products and Suppliers

2.5 Eight-Year Forecasts of Electrochromic Materials in Smart Windows

Chapter Three: Photochromic and Hybrid Photochromic/ Electrochromic Smart Windows

3.1 Smart Photochromic Windows

3.2 Notable R&D in Photochromic Smart Windows

3.3 SWITCH Materials (Canada)

3.4 Other Suppliers: Photochromic Films for the Automotive Aftermarket and Building Retrofit

3.5 Eight-Year Forecasts of Photochromic Materials in Smart Windows

Chapter Four: Thermochromic Materials for Smart Windows

4.1 Thermochromic Windows Technology: State of the Art

4.2 Main Materials Trends for Thermochromic Smart Windows

4.3 Supply Chain Trends for Thermochromic Smart Windows

4.4 New R&D Trends: Nanotechnology and Other Improvements

4.5 Eight-Year Forecasts of Thermochromic Materials in Smart Windows

Chapter Five: Suspended Particle Devices (SPD)

5.1 SPD: Materials Platforms

5.2 Role of Research Frontiers

5.3 Manufacturing of SPD by Hitachi and Others

5.4 Assessment of SPD Technology Performance

5.5 Eight-Year Forecasts of SPD Materials in Smart Windows

Chapter Six: PDLC Privacy Glass

6.1 PLC: Trends and Uses

6.2 The PDLC Supply Chain

6.3 PDLC in the Automobile Industry

6.4 Eight-Year Forecasts of PDLC Materials in Smart Windows

Chapter Seven: Emerging Materials Platforms for Smart Windows

7.1 Alternatives to Current Smart Windows Platforms

7.2 Hydrogels for Smart Windows?

7.3 Smart Windows from E-Paper Technology: University of Cincinnati

7.4 Micro-blinds

7.5 Merck, Peer+ and Licrivision

7.6 The Commercial Future of New Smart Windows Materials

Chapter Eight: Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of Smart Windows Materials

8.1 Background to Forecasts

8.2 Summary of Eight-Year Market Forecast by Type of Smart Windows Technology

8.3 Eight-Year Forecast by Substrate Technology

8.4 Eight-year Forecast of Smart Materials Used by Coating/Printing Technology

Companies Mentioned

– 3M

– Asahi Glass


– Chameleon Photochromic Smart Film

– Chromogenics

– Commonwealth Glass

– Coolkote

– Corning

– DuPont

– GE

– Gentex

– GlasNovations

– Guardian Industries

– HP

– Hitachi

– Johnson Laminations

– Materion

– Merck

– Mitsubishi




– Pleotint

– Ravenwindow

– Research Frontiers

– Sage

– Saint-Gobain

– Schott

– Scienstry

– Soladigm

– Southwall

– Suntek

– Toray

– Transition Window Tint

– US e-Chromics

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