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Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

  • ID: 4515627
  • Report
  • May 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 135 Pages
  • Mordor Intelligence


  • ALLRed & Associates Inc.
  • Formosa M Co., Ltd
  • Hexcel Corporation
  • Nikkiso Co., Ltd.
  • Röchling
The Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) Market is projected to register a CAGR of  8% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The market is negatively impacted due to COVID-19. CFRP is used in the manufacturing of the Aerospace industry as they reduce the fuel economy and weight by 30%. The Aerospace industry is also negatively impacted due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The aircrafts delivered in 2020 stood around 723 units with a decline of 42% compared to 2019. According to International Air Transport Association, the global revenue of air transport has fallen by more than 50% and stood with revenue of less than USD 450 billion. However, with the recovering of aerospace firms, the investments are expected to grow and thus drive the demand for CFRP in the coming years.
  • Over the long term, growing demand from the aerospace industry and a rising preference for fuel-efficient and light-weight vehicles are expected to drive the market growth.
  • However, the high cost of the CFRP and inadequate production capacity are expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.
  • Shifting focus on the development of low-cost products and technologies is likely to act as an opportunity in the future.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market across the world, with the largest consumption from China and India.

Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from Aerospace Industry
  • CFRP is a composite material consisting of two parts, namely, matrix and reinforcement. The matrix is a polymer resin and reinforcement is a carbon fiber, which provides high strength to the material.
  • With the focus on performance improvement in the aerospace industry, CFRP material is being used as a replacement for metals and alloys, as it possesses a high strength-to-weight ratio and rigidity.
  • Initially, CFRP was used in Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350, primarily driven by the weight savings of CFRP parts. The latest models in civil aviation, such as the Boeing Dreamliner and Airbus A350, are made of up to 52% CFRP.
  • The global aircraft fleet volume stands around 27,800 aircraft in 2020, compared to 25,900 in the year 2019, with an increase of 7% in the fleet volume. The world aircraft's fleet is expected to reach 48,000 aircraft by the year 2039. The growing aircraft fleet will have a significant impact on the CFRP market during the forecast period.
  • According to Boeing forecasts, 32,270 units of single-aisle aircraft (narrow-body aircraft) will be delivered in the next 20 years globally.
  • With the increasing defense budgets around the globe, there are technological changes, resulting in the increasing demand for CFRPs, thereby driving the market.
  • Owing to all the abovementioned factors, the market is expected to grow post recovery during the forecast period.

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market
  • Asia-Pacific accounted for the largest share in the global CFRP market, owing to widespread adoption in industrial, aviation, and automotive sectors in countries, like India, Japan, and China.
  • China has been a key contributor to global air traffic growth, for the past few years. The average passenger growth rate has been over 10% per year. This growth is primarily driven by rising passenger traffic, due to higher spending power and better air connectivity. Thus, increasing passenger traffic is expected to boost the demand for aircraft.
  • As of Boeing estimates 2019, the airplane market value will be USD 1,300 billion in the next 20 years, thus in turn is expected to drive the demand for CFRP in the coming years.
  • Chinese automotive manufacturing industry is the largest in the world. The industry witnessed a slowdown in 2018, wherein production and sales declined. A similar trend continued, with production witnessing a 7.5% decline in 2019. Additionally, the production volume has reached 25.23 million vehicles in 2020, registering a decline rate of about 2% compared to 2019.
  • As the pandemic spread, many auto companies across the country shut down their manufacturing activities due to the nationwide shutdown. In addition to the auto companies based in Hubei, Tesla’s new factory in Shanghai was shut down, and postponed the production date of its Model 3. Moreover, Volkswagen postponed the production at all of its Chinese plants that it run in partnership with SAIC.
  • All the abovementioned factors, in turn, are projected to show significant impact on the market in the coming years.

Competitive Landscape

The Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) market is partly fragmented and is highly competitive among the major players. Some of these major players include Solvay, Formosa M Co., Ltd, Nikkiso Co. Ltd, ALLRed & Associates Inc., and Röchling Group, amongst others.

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  • ALLRed & Associates Inc.
  • Formosa M Co., Ltd
  • Hexcel Corporation
  • Nikkiso Co., Ltd.
  • Röchling

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Growing Demand from Aerospace Industry
4.1.2 Rising Demand for Fuel Efficient and Light-weight Vehicles
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 High Cost of the CRFP
4.2.2 Unfavorable Conditions Arising due to the Impact of COVID-19
4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.4.5 Degree of Competition
5.1 Resin Type
5.1.1 Thermosetting CFRP
5.1.2 Thermoplastic CFRP
5.2 End-user Industry
5.2.1 Aerospace
5.2.2 Automotive
5.2.3 Sports and Leisure
5.2.4 Building and Construction
5.2.5 Wind Power Industry
5.2.6 Other End-user Industries
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.3.2 North America United States Canada Mexico
5.3.3 Europe Germany United Kingdom Italy France Rest of Europe
5.3.4 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest of Middle-East and Africa
6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Market Share Analysis**/ Ranking Analysis
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 Solvay
6.4.2 Hexcel Corporation
6.4.3 Formosa M Co., Ltd
6.4.4 Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
6.4.5 Nippon Graphite Fiber Co., Ltd.
6.4.6 SABIC
6.4.9 ALLRed & Associates Inc.
6.4.10 Röchling
6.4.11 Nikkiso Co., Ltd.
7.1 Shifting Focus Toward the Development of Low Cost Products and Technologies
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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Solvay
  • Hexcel Corporation
  • Formosa M Co., Ltd
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • Nippon Graphite Fiber Co., Ltd.
  • ALLRed & Associates Inc.
  • Röchling
  • Nikkiso Co., Ltd.
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