Chinese Window and Door Demand to Grow 11 Percent Annually

December 1, 2007
Demand for windows and doors in China is projected to increase 11 percent per year through 2011, to 195 billion yuan ($26.5 billion), according to a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc. Outpacing growth in most other parts of the world, advances will be driven by healthy gains in building construction activity as industrialization efforts continue and personal and business income levels rise.

Increasing demand for larger living spaces, further privatization of homeownership, sustained strength in foreign investment and a rapidly expanding domestic consumer market will also contribute to fenestration product market gains, the Cleveland-based market research firm reports.

 Window & Door Demand in China
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 Source: Freedonia Group. $1 equals 7.4 Chinese yuan

The study sees plastic windows and doors continuing to make inroads at the expense of metal and wood products, with demand rising a robust 13.9 percent annually through 2011. Plastic materials primarily benefit from their low maintenance requirements, relatively low cost, and good energy efficiency. Plastic’s rapid rise in the Chinese fenestration market is also partly due to strong support for energy-efficient materials from the government, it is noted.

Demand for metal products will experience slower but still healthy growth through 2011. Despite market share loss to plastic, metal will remain the leading window and door material in China, accounting for more than 60 percent of overall demand.

Demand for windows and doors in nonresidential buildings is projected to advance 11.2 percent annually through 2011, comprising more than three-fifths of total demand, Freedonia estimates. Growth will benefit from a favorable outlook for nonresidential construction activity in China, particularly in the office and commercial and institutional building segments. Residential window and door demand will grow at a comparable pace, with demand forecast to rise 10.8 percent annually.

The 246-page report, entitled Windows & Doors in China, is available from Freedonia for $4,900. More information is available by contacting the firm at 440/684-9600 or by visiting its Web site at