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FWC Sector Competitiveness Studies - Competitiveness of the Glass Sector (2008)

FWC Sector Competitiveness Studies - Competitiveness of the Glass Sector (2008)

Within the Framework Contract of Sectoral Competitiveness Studies – ENTR/06/054

This report presents the work undertaken to study the competitiveness of the EU glass industry. The information presented in this report is based on data and literature collected from desk-based research and questionnaires, the findings of which are presented in chapters two and three of the report.

In 2007 the EU glass industry produced around 37 million tonnes (mt) of various types of glass. Growth in output in the EU has been quite flat since 2000, with much of the increase coming from the expansion of the EU. In volume terms, container glass accounted for 58% of production in 2007, with flat glass on 27%. Tableware accounted for 4% while insulating and reinforcement fibres accounted for 6% and 2% respectively. In terms of location, much is still located in the EU15 (the bloc of 15 Member States that made up the EU prior to 1st May 2004) and, in particular, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK, which together accounted for 68% in 2007. The EU12 (the 12 Member States that have acceded to the EU since 1st May 2004) was responsible for 15%, while the rest of the EU15 accounted for 17%. Germany is the biggest producer overall, while production in the EU12 is concentrated in Poland and the Czech Republic.

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