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Europe Carbon Fiber Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

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  • 100 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Europe
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 4536267
The carbon fiber market in Europe is estimated to witness significant growth, at an estimated CAGR of over 12%, during the forecast period.

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the worldwide automobile and aerospace industries, considering a temporary halt in end-user operations owing to government-imposed lockdowns in many parts of the world. In the post-pandemic scenario, however, the industry recovered and is anticipated to grow significantly over the next few years.

Key Highlights

  • The major factors driving the market's growth are the increasing demand for fuel-efficient and lightweight vehicles and recent advancements in the aerospace and defense industry.
  • However, supply chain security for recycled carbon fiber and substitutes' availability was restraining the market studied.
  • The increasing popularity of recycled carbon fiber, the emphasis on using lignin as raw material for carbon fiber, and the increasing application in the wind energy sector are likely to act as opportunities for the market studied over the forecast period.
  • Germany accounted for the largest market share and is expected to remain dominant during the forecast period.

Europe Carbon Fiber Market Trends

Aerospace and Defense Industry to Dominate the Market

  • Carbon fiber is a fibrous carbon material with a micro graphite crystal structure made by fibrillation of acrylic resin or from oil/coal pitch and then given certain heat treatment. Carbon fiber is almost ten times stronger than steel and less than half its weight. It also exhibits high rigidity.
  • Carbon fiber's excellent physical and mechanical qualities, which include its light weight, durability, metal-hybrid compositions, resistance to corrosion and chemical deterioration, impact resistance, and temperature resistance, make it a reliable, fuel-efficient, and top choice in the aerospace and defense sectors. It is due to thanks to these exceptional qualities.
  • Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) is used in the different parts used in the aerospace industry. The CFRP provides lightweight components for the industry and is used in aircraft brakes as the filler for lightweight composite materials and high-performance insulation material.
  • After going through a tough COVID-19 period, the European aerospace and defense industry demonstrated its resilience by rebounding from the tough period with strong revenue generated in the market. According to the Aerospace, Security, and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), the organization plans to achieve the challenge of being the net zero emission of CO2 by 2050.
  • The report by ASD also stated that the total turnover for the year 2021 was estimated to be around EUR 238 billion (USD 282 billion), an increase of 10% compared to the previous year. The major contributor to overall turnover is civil aeronautics which holds a share of about 45% of the total turnover.
  • According to Boeing, Europe will have a share of 24% across the global services market value, accounting for USD 850 billion of the total market share for 2022-2041. The total number of fleets in the region is also expected to reach about 9,360 in 2041.
  • The German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) also provided key figures related to the Aerospace and Defense Industry in its annual report. The country saw a total sale of EUR 31.4 billion (~USD 37 billion) during the financial year 2021. The major share is civil aviation, which accounts for about EUR 22 billion (~USD 26 billion). The country's civil aviation market had never seen a major upgrade compared to last year due to the COVID-19 effect on the industry.
  • Moreover, Germany is the largest contributor to the European Space Agency (ESA), with a contribution of EUR 3.5 billion (~USD 4.14 billion) in the year 2022, followed by France, which had a contribution of EUR 3.25 billion (~USD 3.85 billion).
  • With the increasing market for the aerospace and defense industry, the demand for carbon fiber consumption is also expected to enhance and thus drive the market forward for the forecast period.

Germany to Dominate the Market

  • Germany, one of the leading manufacturing bases for the aircraft industry, is home to manufacturers from different segments, such as equipment manufacturers, material and component suppliers, engine producers, and whole system integrators.
  • The country hosts many production bases for interior aircraft components, MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul), and lightweight construction and materials, largely in Bavaria, Bremen, Baden-Württemberg, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
  • According to the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), the country saw total sales of EUR 31.4 billion (~USD 37 billion) during the financial year 2021. Civil aviation observed the highest market share of sales, around EUR 22 billion (~USD 26 billion). Every sixth commercial aircraft worldwide is assembled in and delivered from Germany.
  • The German Association of Automotive Industry stated in its report that there will be an investment of EUR 220 billion (~USD 260.3 billion) in the German automotive industry between 2022-2026.
  • OICA also published in its yearly report that there was a production of 3.3 million units of automobiles (cars and LCVs only) in the year 2021. Thus, with the increased production of aircraft and automobiles production, carbon fiber consumption will increase during the forecast period.
  • Overall, the growing demand from various end-user industries is projected to drive the market in the country during the forecast period.

Europe Carbon Fiber Industry Overview

The carbon fiber market in Europe is highly consolidated. The major companies include (not in particular order) Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites Inc., SGL Carbon, Solvay, TEIJIN LIMITED, and TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC., among others.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Increasing Demand for Fuel-efficient and Lightweight Vehicles
4.1.2 Recent Advancements in the Aerospace and Defense Sector
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 Supply Chain Security for Recycled Carbon Fiber
4.2.2 Availability of Substitutes
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 Consumers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.4.5 Degree of Competition

5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Value and Volume)
5.1 Raw Material
5.1.1 Polyacrtlonitrile (PAN)
5.1.2 Petroleum Pitch and Rayon
5.2 Type
5.2.1 Virgin Fiber (VCF)
5.2.2 Recycled Fiber (RCF)
5.3 Application
5.3.1 Composite Materials
5.3.2 Textiles
5.3.3 Microelectrodes
5.3.4 Catalysis
5.4 End-user Industry
5.4.1 Aerospace & Defense
5.4.2 Alternative Energy
5.4.3 Automotive
5.4.4 Construction & Infrastructure
5.4.5 Sporting Goods
5.4.6 Other End-user Industries
5.5 Geography
5.5.1 Germany
5.5.2 United Kingdom
5.5.3 Italy
5.5.4 France
5.5.5 Spain
5.5.6 Rest of Europe

6.1 Mergers & 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 Airborne International BV
6.4.2 Fairmat
6.4.3 Hexcel Corporation
6.4.5 Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites Inc.
6.4.6 Nippon Graphite Fiber Co., Ltd.
6.4.7 SGL Carbon
6.4.8 Solvay

7.1 Increasing Popularity of Recycled Carbon Fibre
7.2 Emphasis on Usage of Lignin as Raw Material for Carbon Fiber
7.3 Increasing Application in Wind Energy Sector

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Airborne International BV
  • Fairmat
  • Hexcel Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites Inc.
  • Nippon Graphite Fiber Co., Ltd.
  • SGL Carbon
  • Solvay