Aftermarket demand is determined by the vehicles in use and a replacement rate, which varies from one geographic market to another, depending upon the combination of a range of factors including road conditions and crime rate.
Long term industry growth in AGR volumes alone is estimated in excess of three per cent per annum. As glazing complexity increases, in both curvature and additional features, such as solar coatings, quality standards also become increasingly important. The majority of the glass in the aftermarket is produced by the major OEM suppliers, but a significant share is also from copy- makers. It is essential that all replaced glass is made according to the OEM technical specifications.