Demand for Bio-based Composites in Automotive Industry
Natural fiber reinforced polymer composites have gained a significant importance in different automotive applications by many automotive companies, such as German auto companies (BMW, Audi Group, Ford, Opel, Volkswagen, Daimler Chrysler, and Mercedes), Proton company (Malaysian national carmaker), and Cambridge industry (an auto industry in the United States). Many automotive components are manufactured using natural composites, mainly based on polyester or polypropylene, and fibers like hemp, flax, jute, or sisal. The global demand for natural fiber reinforced composites in the automotive industry is projected to increase substantially during the forecast period owing to features such as weight reduction, economical cost, and marketing rather than technical demands.
In 2017, the automotive end-user industry dominated the global market.
Non-Wood Fiber Segment to Dominate the Market
Non-wood fiber segment accounted for the largest market in global natural fiber reinforced composites market. Non-wood fibers include grass fibers, leaf fibers, bast fibers, fruit fibers, and straw fibers. The market dominance of the non-wood fiber segment is due to the widespread applications of the bast fibers. For instance, jute thermoplastic board have been found to be an effective material in the construction industry in order to produce sheets or boards, doors, window frames, furniture, fence, corrugated sheets, and chequered boards, etc. Bast fiber-based composites may be considered as a focused area of development, as it holds the prospect of an entirely new application area leading to future developments and an increased market share for non-wood fiber segment.
North America to Dominate the Market
North America dominated the global natural fiber reinforced composites market in 2017. Along with the existing capacities, several natural fiber composites manufacturers are expanding their production capacities. The United States government has set new standards requiring light vehicles to achieve a Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) standard of 54.5 mpg by 2025. The demand for natural fiber reinforced composites in North America is projected to continuously increase in the coming years, owing to the superior performance of natural fiber composites in automotive and construction applications, coupled with the regulatory standards laid down by the government recommending the use of lightweight and recyclable materials.
Major players are FlexForm Technologies, Fiberon LLC, UPM Biocomposites, Tecnaro GmbH, and Polyvlies Franz Beyer-GmbH & Co. Kg, amongst others.
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1.1 Research Phases
1.2 Study Deliverables
1.3 Scope of the Report
2. Executive Summary
3. Market Insights
3.1 Industry Value-Chain Analysis
3.2 Industry Attractiveness – Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
3.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
3.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
3.2.5 Degree of Competition
3.3 Raw Material Analysis
4. Market Dynamics
4.1.1 Mounting Demand for Bio-based Composites in Automotive Industry
4.1.2 Growing Demand for New Ecofriendly Composites in Electronics Industry
4.1.3 Rising Prices of Petroleum-based Products and Favorable Government Policies
4.2.1 Moisture Adsorption, Restricted Processing Temperature, and Incompatability with most of the Polymer Matrices
4.2.2 Lower Impact Resistivity Compared to Glass Fiber Reinforced Composites
4.3.1 Flame Retardancy of the Natural Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites
4.3.2 Emerging Applications in Marine Industry
5. Market Segmentation and Analysis (Market Size, Forecast, and CAGR)
5.1 By Fiber Type
5.1.1 Wood Fiber Composites
5.1.2 Non-wood Fiber Composites
5.2 By Polymer
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5.3 By End-user Industry
5.3.3 Buildings & Construction
5.3.4 Electrical & Electronics
6. Regional Analysis (Market Size, Forecast, and CAGR)
6.1.4 South Korea
6.1.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific
6.2 North America
6.2.1 United States
6.2.4 Rest of North America
6.3.2 United Kingdom
6.3.6 Rest of Europe
6.4 South America
6.4.3 Rest of South America
6.5 Middle East & Africa
6.5.1 Saudi Arabia
6.5.2 South Africa
6.5.3 Rest of Middle East & Africa
7. Competitive Landscape
7.1 Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
7.2 Market Share Analysis**
7.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
8. Company Profiles (Overview, Financials**, Products & Services, and Recent Developments)
8.1 Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. (AERT)
8.3 FlexForm Technologies
8.4 GreenCore Composites Inc.
8.5 GreenGran BV
8.6 Jelu-Werk Josef Ehrler GmbH & Co. Kg
8.7 Meshlin Composites Zrt.
8.8 Polyvlies Franz Beyer GmbH & Co. Kg
8.9 Procotex SA Corporation NV
8.11 Tecnaro GmbH
8.12 Trex Company Inc.
8.13 TTS (Tekle Technical Services Inc.)
8.14 UPM Biocomposites
8.15 Weyerhaeuser Company
*List not Exhaustive
9. Future of the Market
**Subject to Availability in Public Domain
- Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. (AERT)
- Flexform Technologies
- Greencore Composites Inc.
- Greengran BV
- Jelu-Werk Josef Ehrler GmbH & Co. Kg
- Meshlin Composites Zrt.
- Polyvlies Franz Beyer GmbH & Co. Kg
- Procotex SA Corporation NV
- Tecnaro GmbH
- Trex Company Inc.
- TTS (Tekle Technical Services Inc.)
- UPM Biocomposites
- Weyerhaeuser Company.