The report analyzes the current and projected market for the major types of plastic composites used in automotive applications, with particular emphasis on carbon fiber composites. This report covers technological, economic, and business conditions as they relate to automotive composites and their applications. Estimated values used are based on manufacturers’ total revenues. Projected and forecasted revenue values are in constant US dollars, unadjusted for inflation.
- 32 data tables and 14 additional tables
- An overview of the global markets for composites in automotive applications
- Analyses of U.S. as well as international market trends with data from 2016 and 2017, and projections of CAGRs through 2022
- Coverage of reinforced plastics using mostly carbon fibers for strength with a wide array of resins
- A look at exterior steel structures, such as body panels, roofs, exterior doors, wheels, fenders, and other exterior parts
- Analyses of the interest in replacing steel with composite resins; the need to reduce the weight of autos to meet the 2025 strict government standard of about 55 mpg
- Thermoplastics to be used, including ABS, nylon, polyacetals, polypropylene, PVC, polycarbonates, and polyacrylates, among others, as well as polyurethanes
- Evaluation of the market’s dynamics, specifically growth drivers, restraints, and opportunities
- Company profiles of major players in the market, including Albany Engineered Composites, DSM Engineering Plastics North America, Evonik Degussa GmbH, Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., and Toray Industries Inc.
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Study Goals and Objectives
Reasons for Doing This Study
Scope of Report
2 Summary and Highlights
3 Market and Technology Background
Reinforced Polymer Composites
Importance of Reinforced Polymer Composites
Fuel Consumption in the Automotive Sector
Automotive Sector Contribution to Greenhouse Gases and Other Emissions
Role of Composites in Reducing Automotive Energy Consumption and Emissions
Motor Vehicle Production
Obstacles and Trade-Offs
Safety Aspects of Lightweight Materials
Maintenance and Repair
Recycling and Sustainability
4 Special Types of Reinforced Polymer Composite
Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Composites
5 Competing Materials
Metals and Alloys
Metal Matrix Composites
Types of Materials
Polymer Composites' Share of Automotive Lightweight Materials Consumption
6 Market Breakdown by Type of Composite
Vehicle Weight and Materials Usage
Total Materials Usage
Prices and Market Value
Carbon Reinforced Polymer Composites
Pricing and Market Value
Pricing and Market Value
7 Market Breakdown by End Use
8 Market Breakdown by Application
9 Market Breakdown by Region
10 Public Policy Dimensions of Composites and Other Lightweight Materials
Fuel Economy Standards
Fuel Economy Standards
11 Patent Review/Recent Developments
Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Polybutylene Terephthalate for Automotive Electronics
Polyamide Composite Gas Tank
Composite Cylinder Casing
Carbon/Epoxy Overbraided, Spring Carrier Beam
Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Engine Parts
Composite Car Floors
Hybrid Composite Wheel
Natural Fiber Composites
Composite Engine Oil Pans
Resin for Shorter Automotive Part Cycle Times
Shock-Absorbing Automotive Sandwich Panels
Fiber Sizings for Automotive Composites
High-Speed Compression Molding for Automotive Applications
Composite Body Panels
Natural Fiber Composites
Composite Side-Impact Beam
Carbon Fiber Driveshafts
Prototype Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Cylinder Block
Composite Suspension Coil
12 Company Profiles
Advanced Carbon Technologies Inc.
Advanced Composites Inc.
Albany Engineered Composites
Bulk Molding Compounds Inc.
The Composites Group
Continental Structural Plastics
Cook Composites And Polymers (Cpp)
Core Molding Technologies
Dsm Engineering Plastics North America
E. I. Du Pont De Nemours And Co.
Evonik Degussa Gmbh
Frontier Carbon Corp.
General Motors Corp.
Grupo Antolin Ingenieria S.A
Gurit Services Ag
Hanwha Azdel Specialties
Haysite Reinforced Plastics
Honeywell Intl. Inc.
Hyperion Catalysis Intl. Inc.
IDI Composites International
Kringlan Composites Ag
Meridian Lightweight Technologies
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.
Morgan Advanced Materials And Technology
Nippon Graphite Fiber Corp.
Plasan Carbon Composites
Royal Tencate Corporate Emea
Sabic Innovative Plastics Llc
Saertex Gmbh & Company
Scott Bader Company Ltd.
SGL Carbon Group
Spencer Composites Corp.
Toho Tenax Company Ltd.
Toray Industries Inc.
Ube Industries Ltd.
Zoltek Companies Inc.
Zyvex Technologies Inc.
13 Appendix A: Trade Associations, Conferences and Meetings
The American Composites Manufacturing Association
Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Conference
The Plastics-in-Motion Automotive Conference
Automotive Thermoplastics Conference
Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition
Plastics in Automotive Conference
14 Appendix B: Acronyms and Abbreviations
List of Tables
Summary Table: Global Market Volume of Automotive Composite Consumption, Through 2022
Table 1: Key Ingredients of Polyester Resin Formulations
Table 2: Typical SMC/BMC Formulation
Table 3: Trade Names of Key Fiber-Reinforced Polypropylene
Table 4: Typical Composite Applications in Motor Vehicles
Table 5: Market Penetration Ratios for Reinforced Polymer Composites Used in Motor Vehicles, 2016-2022
Table 6: Average Price of Composite Materials, by Vehicle Type, Through 2022
Table 7: Typical Mechanical Properties of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites
Table 8: Automotive OEM-Carbon Fiber/CFRP Supplier Partnerships
Table 9: Clay Nanocomposite Suppliers for Automotive Applications
Table 10: Carbon Nanotube Composite Suppliers
Table 11: Automotive Applications of Nanocomposite Materials
Table 12: Aluminum Alloy Designations
Table 13: Average Light Vehicle Aluminum Content by Region of Manufacture and Year, Through 2016
Table 14: Main Aluminum Applications in Passenger Cars and Light Trucks, 2012*
Table 15: Titanium Applications in Motor Vehicles
Table 16: Commonly Used Plastics in Automotive Applications
Table 17: Typical Plastics’ Applications in Motor Vehicles
Table 18: Potential Automotive Applications of MMCs
Table 19: Global Market for Lightweight Materials Used in Motor Vehicles, by Consumption of Materials, Through 2022
Table 20: Global Market Volume Shares of Lightweight Materials Used in Motor Vehicles, by Consumption of Materials, 2016-2022
Table 21: Global Market Shares of Lightweight Materials Used in Motor Vehicles, 2016-2022
Table 22: Global Market for Automotive Composites, by Resin Type, Through 2022
Table 23: Average Vehicle Weights by Class, 2016
Table 24: Global Market Volume for Materials Usage, by Vehicle Type, Through 2022
Table 25: Global Market Volume of Reinforced Plastic Composites in Light Vehicles, by Consumption, Through 2022
Table 26: Global Market Volume of Reinforced Plastic Composites in Busses, by Consumption, Through 2022
Table 27: Global Market Volume of Reinforced Plastic Composites in Heavy Trucks, by Consumption, Through 2022
Table 28: Trends in Prices of Automotive Composites, Through 2022
Table 29: Global Market for Automotive Composites by Usage Value, Through 2022
Table 30: Global Market Volume of Automotive CFRP Consumption, Through 2022
Table 31: Global Market for Automotive CFRP Consumption, Through 2022
Table 32: Global Market Volume of Automotive Nanocomposite Consumption, Through 2022
Table 33: Global Market for Automotive Nanocomposite Consumption, Through 2022
Table 34: Global Market Volume of Automotive Composite Components, by Vehicle Type, Through 2022
Table 35: Global Market Volume of Automotive Composite Consumption, by Segment, Through 2022
Table 36: Global Market Volume of Exterior Automotive Composite Consumption, by Part Type, Through 2022
Table 37: Global Market Volume of Under-the-Hood Automotive Composites Consumption, by Part Type, Through 2022
Table 38: Global Market Volume Share of Under-the-Hood Automotive Composites Consumption, by Part Type, Through 2022
Table 39: Global Market Volume of Interior Automotive Composite Consumption, by Part Type, Through 2022
Table 40: Global Market Volume Share of Interior Automotive Composite Consumption, by Part Type, 2016-2022
Table 41: Global Market Volume of Automotive Composite Consumption, by Region, Through 2022
Table 42: Asian Market Volume of Automotive Composite Consumption, by Sub-Segment, Through 2022
Table 43: European Market Volume of Automotive Composite Consumption, by Sub-Segment, Through 2022
Table 44: North American Market Volume of Automotive Composite Consumption, by Sub-Segment, Through 2022
Table 45: U.S. Patents Share for Transportation Applications w.r.t. Lightweight Materials
- Advanced Carbon Technologies Inc.
- Advanced Composites Inc.
- Albany Engineered Composites
- Aoc Llc
- Asbury Carbons
- Bulk Molding Compounds Inc.
- Continental Structural Plastics
- Cook Composites And Polymers (Cpp)
- Core Molding Technologies
- Cytec Corp.
- Dsm Engineering Plastics North America
- E.I. Du Pont De Nemours And Co.
- Evonik Degussa Gmbh
- Ferro Corp.
- Frontier Carbon Corp.
- General Motors Corp.
- Glasforms Inc.
- Grupo Antolin Ingenieria S.A
- Gurit Services Ag
- Hanwha Azdel Specialties
- Haysite Reinforced Plastics
- Hexcel Corp.
- Hexion Inc.
- Honeywell Intl. Inc.
- Hyperion Catalysis Intl. Inc.
- Idi Composites International
- Inmat Llc
- Interplastic Corp.
- Johns Manville
- Kringlan Composites Ag
- Meridian Lightweight Technologies
- Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.
- Morgan Advanced Materials And Technology
- Nippon Graphite Fiber Corp.
- Noble Polymers
- Plasan Carbon Composites
- Quantum Composites
- Reichhold Chemical
- Royal Tencate Corporate Emea
- RTP Company
- Sabic Innovative Plastics Llc
- Saertex Gmbh & Company
- Scott Bader Company Ltd.
- SGL Carbon Group
- Spencer Composites Corp.
- Teijin Ltd.
- The Composites Group
- Toho Tenax Company Ltd.
- Toray Industries Inc.
- Ube Industries Ltd.
- Unitika Ltd.
- Zoltek Companies Inc.
- Zyvex Technologies Inc.