World demand for flat glass is around 45 million tonnes per year, of which 50% is supplied by Asia, 27% by Europe and 15% by North America. Of this total, 70% is used for construction, 20% for interior furnishing and decoration, and 10% for the automotive and transport industries.
Float technology is now universally used for making flat glass. With around 13% of world production capacity, the AGC group (of which AGC Glass Europe is a member) is the world’s leading producer of flat glass. AGC Glass Europe has 18 float plants in Europe: 11 in western Europe, 3 in central Europe and 4 in eastern Europe.