The use of composite materials in commercial transport aircraft is lucrative as the reduced airframe weight enables better fuel economy and therefore lowers operating costs. Reduced maintenance and longer design life, fewer parts, and reduced tooling and assembly costs are some of the reasons driving the market for carbon fiber in the aerospace industry. Initially, composite materials were used only in secondary structures, however, with the improvement in understanding and development of the materials, their use in primary structure, such as, wings and fuselages has increased. Thus, there is an increase in the market penetration of carbon fiber in commercial aircraft (B787 and A380), wind turbine blades, and other aerospace applications. However, the strict performance requirements of carbon fiber in aerospace applications lead to certification barriers and tighter manufacturing tolerances, than those associated with other carbon fiber applications. This, in turn, leads to the higher pricing for aerospace parts. The other restraints identified in the market, include difficulty in test detection and need for specialized repair techniques.
North America Forecasted to be the Market Leader
North America is expected to remain the largest market, due to the augmentation in the end-use industries and an increasing demand for lightweight materials in the aerospace industry. The growth is mainly driven by the increasing consumption of aerospace composites in exterior and interior parts, in commercial and military aircraft. The US is the largest consumer of aerospace composites globally, in terms of value and volume, and is expected to strengthen its position further during the forecast period. The growth of the US aerospace composites market is attributed to the presence of giant players, such as Boeing and GE, along with the establishment of several new carbon fiber production plants in the country.
Key Developments in the Market
- February 2018: Toho Tenax launched a high-tensile, highly shock-resistant hybrid prepreg, combining carbon fiber with CNT technology.
- January 2018: Toray to expand production facilities for Ultrasuede®.
- November 2017: ADEKA Corporation and GH Craft develop the world's first fiber-to-composite direct molding process.
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1.1. Research Methodology
1.2. General Study Assumptions
2. Research Methodology
2.2. Analysis Methodology
2.3. Study Assumptions
2.4. Econometric Forecast Model
3. Executive Summary
4. Market Overview And Technology Trends
4.1. Current Market Scenario
4.2. Technology Trends
4.3. Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power Of The Suppliers
4.3.2. Bargaining Power Of The Consumers
4.3.3. Threat Of New Entrants
4.3.4. Threat Of Substitute Products And Services
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry Within The Industry
5. Market Dynamics
5.1.1. Demand for Fuel Efficient Aircraft
5.2.1. Sophisticated Repair Techniques
5.2.2. High Cost of Carbon Fiber Composites
5.3.1. Penetration in Different Components Of Aircraft
6. Global Aerospace Carbon Fiber Market, Segmented By Application
7. Global Aerospace Carbon Fiber Market, Segmented By Geography
7.1. North America
7.1.1. The US
7.4. Rest Of The World
7.4.2. South Africa
8. Competitive Landscape
8.2. Market Share Analysis
9. Company Profiles
9.1. Bally Ribbon Mills
9.2. Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber And Composites
9.3. Toho Tenax
9.4. Toray Industries
9.5. SGL Carbon
9.7. Cytec C Solvay Group
10. Future Outlook