China currently dominates the market of protective accessories, especially screen protectors and tempered glass. According to a report by the India Cellular & Electronics Association, by the year 2025, China will be exporting about 550 million units of screen protectors, at an estimated value of 3.4 Billion dollars, just to India alone.
Currently, India is the largest market for screen protectors manufactured in China. Because India has no established players in the manufacturing and supplying these high-volume screen protectors, we are losing out on a lot.
The report suggests that the screen protectors and tempered glass should be brought under the CRO (Compulsory Registration Order) so that we get a proper standardization of the product. This will mean that India can start manufacturing these goods in the organized sector, something that we did for the accessories market, like third-party chargers, wearables, and audio accessories.
Currently, the screen protector market is estimated to be worth $43 Billion, with China having the most significant share, followed by countries like Thailand, Indonesia, and Taiwan. It is estimated that China manufactures and exports about 90 percent of all screen protectors used worldwide.
China has been able to get such a stronghold over the manufacturing and distribution of tempered glass because this sector is primarily led by their SME & MSME segment, which their government somewhat subsidizes. Not only does the Chinese government allow easier loans to be sanctioned for small workshops and factories to be set up, but they also support some of the costs of the raw inputs, mainly electricity.
Given how The Indian government has pushed MSMEs and SMEs, it will be a great chance for India to step up and grab a substantial share in the global market.
Once a standard for tempered glass and screen protectors is set in place, a formal, legal and quality-oriented market can be created with great ease, enabling the local suppliers to sell through proper channels and formalize the entire supply chain.
This will also lead to 75,000 new jobs being created, directly or indirectly.