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

  • ID: 4534502
  • Report
  • May 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 100 pages
  • Mordor Intelligence


  • A&P Technology Inc
  • DowAksa USA LLC
  • Hexcel Corporation
  • SGL Carbon SE
  • Solvay
  • Teijin Ltd.
The automotive carbon fiber market that was valued at USD 20 billion in 2020 is expected to grow up to USD 33 billion with a CAGR of 11%, during the forecast period, 2021-2026.

Covid-19 pandemic had a severe impact on the market owing to the complete standstill of the world transport, imports and exports. Due to the social distancing norms and lockdown restrictions worldwide, the research and production that goes into the carbon fiber market was hindered. With the majority of the world's carbon fiber production industries located in Japan, the supply chain for the automotive industry was disrupted. However, with the new and increasingly stringent emission norms and rising fuel prices, carbon fiber which is a great alternative to conventional metals can be used to reduce the weight of the vehicle. This can improve the fuel efficiency and performance of the engine while the fiber's physical strength limits are almost twice as high as those of conventional metals.

Carbon fiber is a lightweight material and has high-strength characteristics that can be designed for enhanced performance in automotive applications. They offer improvement in structural, functional, or cosmetic properties. To make vehicles lighter, cleaner, safer, and more cost-effective, the leading carbon fiber suppliers are responding to the needs and expectations of the vehicle OEMs, system suppliers, and customers. Many car companies, such as BMW, Audi, GM, Honda, and Polestar have established agreements with carbon fiber material producers for mass production, and are investing in their processes to support low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing.

Europe is expected to be the market leader due to the presence of many car manufacturers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Koenigsegg, Pagani, etc. who use a lot of carbon fiber in manufacturing their cars. Europe is closely followed by North America and Asia Pacific with growing demand for performance vehicles. Within the Asia Pacific, China and Japan are poised to be the two largest markets.

Key Market Trends

Increasing Adoption of Carbon Fiber in Automobiles

Although automobiles have been around for more than a century, the material they are made of has mostly remained the same. It is only in the past few decades that advanced materials ranging from aluminum and magnesium alloys to carbon fiber have made their way into mass-produced cars. Advanced materials such as carbon fiber are essential for boosting the fuel economy of modern cars all the while maintaining performance and safety. Since it takes lesser energy to accelerate a lighter object than a heavier one, lightweight materials offer great potential for increasing vehicle efficiency and fuel economy. A 10% reduction in the vehicle’s weight can transpire to a 6% to 8% increase in fuel economy.

BMW’s use of carbon fiber in its i3 model has considerably reduced the car’s weight. The company sells around 31,000 units of the i3 model in a year. BMW and its carbon fiber producing partner the SGL Group, have spent close to USD 1 billion in establishing the supply chain for the CFRP used in the i3 and i8. Audi is also using carbon fiber to produce the rear wall of the space frame for its A8 sedan. Even from the supply side, carbon fiber manufacturers have been ramping up their production capacities, which will further help in the adoption of carbon fiber in automobiles.

About 10% of the global carbon fiber consumption is done by the automotive industry for various parts along with around 12% consumed by the sports goods industry, which makes it a total of 22% of total carbon fiber being produced. It is used to build some important structures like a survival cell of a Formula 1 car where the carbon fiber structure can withstand high force impact and stay intact.

Healthy Growth Rate Anticipated for The European Market

With the enactment of stringent emission norms and fuel economy standards in the European region, automobile manufacturers in Germany, Italy, and France such as BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, etc. have started using carbon fiber composites in the manufacturing of their vehicles.

Companies are trying to invent new parts made of carbon fiber that can reduce the total weight of the vehicle to a great extent. The application of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) has been widely adopted for the production of automotive bodies, particularly in hyper-car manufacturers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche.

Europe is the largest market for carbon fiber manufacturers owing to the fact that it is home to sports, super and hypercar manufacturers like Porsche, Mercedes Benz, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini.

The demand for carbon fiber is expected to increase during the forecast period, as companies are forming new partnerships and launching new carbon fiber technologies for the manufacturing of automotive components, in turn aiding in driving the growth of automotive carbon fiber in the European market. Faurecia, one of the world’s largest automotive part manufacturers, announced that it was joining the leading cluster MAI Carbon of the Incorporated Society of Carbon Composites, based at the Augsburg Innovation Park, Germany, to develop manufacturing processes capable of reaching automotive cycle times for the mass production of carbon fiber and composite parts.

Competitive Landscape

The automotive carbon fiber market is a consolidated market. The top 10 players account for most of the market share. Major companies in the carbon fiber market include Hexcel Corporation, Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites Inc., SGL Carbon SE, Teijin Limited, and Toray Industries Inc. Toray is expected to be the market leader since its acquisition of Zoltek in 2014 and has achieved that position according to the 2020 statistics available.

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  • A&P Technology Inc
  • DowAksa USA LLC
  • Hexcel Corporation
  • SGL Carbon SE
  • Solvay
  • Teijin Ltd.
1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Market Drivers
4.2 Market Restraints
4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis
4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.3.5 Threat of Substitute Products

5.1 Application
5.1.1 Structural Assembly
5.1.2 Powertrain Components
5.1.3 Interiors
5.1.4 Exteriors
5.2 Geography
5.2.1 North America United States Canada Rest of North America
5.2.2 Europe Germany United Kingdom France Rest of Europe
5.2.3 Asia-Pacific China Japan South Korea India Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.2.4 South America Brazil Rest of South America
5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa United Arab Emirates South Africa Rest of Middle-East and Africa

6.1 Vendor Market Share
6.2 Company Profiles*
6.2.1 Toray Industries
6.2.2 Hexcel Corporation
6.2.3 Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites Inc.
6.2.4 SGL Carbon SE
6.2.5 Solvay
6.2.6 Teijin Ltd.
6.2.7 DowAksa USA LLC
6.2.8 A&P Technology Inc

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  • Toray Industries
  • Hexcel Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites Inc.
  • SGL Carbon SE
  • Solvay
  • Teijin Ltd.
  • DowAksa USA LLC
  • A&P Technology Inc
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