Please provide a list of the top Automotive Parts companies in Poland that provide sun-shade parts to European OEMs. Please do provide as many relevant company names as possible. Thanks!
Poland's top export is automotive parts and accessories, which represent 13.1 percent of all Polish exports. Europe is the recipient of 90 percent of Polish automotive exports, and there has been a 25.8 percent increase in exports of Polish automotive glass products recently. Our findings revealed that automotive glass manufacturing companies primarily provide sun-shade components to European OEMs, but despite exhaustively researching this topic, we were able to identify only three companies in Poland that currently supply sun-shade parts: Pilkington, Saint-Gobain, and NordGlass. We also identified PGW as a global supplier of automotive glass that recently opened a manufacturing center in Poland capable of producing glass products used in sun-shades, so this company may soon become relevant in the industry. These companies are profiled in greater detail below, along with a discussion of key information regarding this industry that informed our findings.
OVERVIEW OF THE INDUSTRY
Poland is a key player in the automobile parts and accessories manufacturing market in Europe, and over the last decade, Poland has become one of the largest automobile manufacturing centers in Europe. Poland's top export is automotive parts and accessories, representing 13.1 percent of all exports, with a value of $25.8 billion in 2016. While Poland has seen an increase in exports of all varieties of automotive components, such as engines, tires, and body parts, the most significant increase was seen in exports of Polish glass parts. In 2014, a 25.8 percent increase in exports of glass parts was reported.
Europe is the primary destination for all Polish automotive parts and accessories. Exports to Europe increased from 85 percent of total Polish exports in 2008 to 90 percent of total exports presently. OEMs in Germany are the top European recipients of Polish automotive exports, representing 45 percent of total exports. Other popular European destinations include Great Britain, France, Italy, and Spain. Since 2014, there has also been a remarkable 34.4 percent increase in exports of Polish automotive exports to OEMs in the Czech Republic.
In light of these findings, my colleagues and I expected to identify a robust list of automotive accessories and parts companies in Poland that provide sun-shade parts to European OEMs. Our preliminary findings produced an automotive industry advisory report from KPMG, which identified 41 Polish companies supplying automotive parts and accessories to European OEMs. Having translated this report, we then researched each company individually to determine if it manufactures components utilized in automotive sun-shades.
Unfortunately, we identified very little information on companies manufacturing automotive parts and accessories that are utilized as sun-shades. For example, Magna Automotive Poland manufacturers various types of automobile roof systems, which are likely exported to European OEMs as components of sun-shades, but the company provides no definitive information confirming this assumption. Our findings suggest that automotive glass companies in Poland primarily supply components used in sun-shades by European OEMs, so we focused our research on the sector of the industry.
Of the 41 companies referenced, we identified two companies that manufacture automobile glass used as components of automotive sun-shades: Pilkington and Saint-Gobain. In broadening the scope of our research, we identified one additional company that produces automotive glass appropriate for use in sun-shades: NordGlass. Finally, we identified a global supplier of automotive glass that recently developed a manufacturing plant in Poland that explicitly produces glass used in sun-shades, which may soon become relevant in this industry: PGW. Additional information on each company is provided below.
POLISH COMPANIES PROVIDING SUN-SHADE PARTS
In refining our list of Polish companies that provide sun-shade parts to European OEMs, we focused on identifying language on each corporate website that indicates that the glass products manufactured would be appropriate for use as components of sun-shades. In no particular order, we identified the following companies:
Pilkington manufactures glass for distribution for "first assembly" (OEMs) worldwide, including Europe, with a number of regional distribution centers throughout Poland. Pilkington exports glass for all types of vehicles, and the company notes that its glass products are athermal, which indicates it protects "against excessive solar radiation," rendering it appropriate for use in sun-shades.
Established in 1997 with corporate headquarters in Dabrowa Gornicza, Saint-Gobain's primary markets are the automotive and construction industries. Saint-Gobain is the parent company of a number of brands that specialize in automotive glass, including Sekurit Smart Solutions and Autover. A review of corporate literature confirms that Saint-Gobain manufactures automotive glass products capable of meeting industry requirements for comfort, including "acoustics, optical quality, and UV protection," and products include "heat absorbing, tinted, and laminated glass windows" that provide sun protection. This indicates that glass products manufactured by Saint-Gobain are appropriate for use in sun-shades.
Although not included in KPMG's list of 41 Polish companies exporting automotive parts and accessories to European OEMs, our findings revealed that NordGlass manufactures variants of automotive glass, such as "heating installations and solar-reflecting coatings," that render their products appropriate for use as sun-shades. Based in Poland, NordGlass exports to OEMs on five continents, including Europe.
PM Group recently announced the development of Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) a glass manufacturing facility in Poland to focus on "high-technology, high-content windshields with full surface control to meet the needs of the European premium vehicle market." Specifically, PGW produces "Sungate EP infrared reflective glass, Solextra blue glass, and SoundMaster enhanced acoustic glass windshields," which can be used as components of sun-shades. While PGW is not a Polish company, this plant is located in Poland. The plant's impact in the current Polish automotive glass manufacturing industry is unknown, but it is reasonable to assume that it has the capacity to become a major player, based on the size of the plant and the favorable industry reputation of PGW.
In summary, there has been a 25.8 percent increase in exports of Polish automotive glass exports, and Europe is the recipient of 90 percent of Polish automotive exports. However, although we determined that the top companies that supply components used in sun-shades are primarily Polish automotive glass companies, we were able to identify only four companies that explicitly produce glass products appropriate for use in sun-shades: Pilkington, Saint-Gobain, and NordGlass. PGW also recently entered the Polish automotive glass industry and will potentially become a major player in this industry.