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Hybrid Composites - Market Share Analysis, Industry Trends & Statistics, Growth Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

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  • 120 Pages
  • July 2024
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 4622693
The Hybrid Composites Market size is estimated at USD 2.13 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 3.51 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of greater than 10% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the hybrid composites market was mixed. While it presented immediate challenges, it also highlighted the potential of these materials and triggered trends that could contribute to long-term growth.

Lockdowns and travel restrictions disrupted the flow of raw materials and finished products, leading to production delays and material shortages. Industries heavily reliant on hybrid composites, such as aerospace, automotive, and wind energy, experienced significant downturns due to travel restrictions and economic slowdown, dampening demand for material. On the flip side, the pandemic highlighted the need for advanced materials in medical devices and equipment, creating opportunities for biocompatible hybrid composites in prosthetics, implants, and surgical instruments.

Key Highlights

  • The growing adoption of composite materials in the light vehicle sector and compared to traditional composites, better properties exhibited by hybrid composites in comparison to the traditional composites is a major driving factor for the market studied.
  • On the flip side, the processing and manufacturing of hybrid composites often involve complex and labor-intensive techniques, driving up costs and may act as a hindrance to the growth of the market studied.
  • Exploring automation, digitalization, and additive manufacturing techniques for composite production can streamline processes, reduce costs, and improve product consistency can provide lucrative opportunities in the global market.
  • Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period owing to the high demand from China.

Hybrid Composites Market Trends

Carbon/Glass to Dominate the Market

  • The most commonly used hybrid composites are glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites, followed by composites reinforced by aramid or natural fibers.
  • Hybrid carbon fiber/glass fiber material is a lightweight and high-strength alternative for traditional fiberglass and metal applications in the automotive & transportation, building & construction, and other industrial markets.
  • The hybrid material offers the performance benefits of carbon fiber at a cost similar to high-performance fiberglass.
  • Increased application of hybrid composites in automation and fast-paced manufacturing processes meet mass production requirements in automotive and other sectors.
  • According to the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA), in 2022, around 85.01 million vehicles were produced across the globe, witnessing a growth rate of 5.99% compared to 80.205 million vehicles in 2021, thereby indicating an increased demand for metal hoses from the automotive industry. In 2022, around 60 million passenger cars were manufactured worldwide, up nearly 7.35% compared to 2021.
  • Users can get up to 90% of carbon’s benefits at a cost much lower than what they would have to incur in case of using carbon fiber.
  • Parts made out of these hybrid composites provide a high strength-to-weight ratio and are devoid of corrosion. These have extended service life, requiring less maintenance. Their particular properties meet the needs of applications that lay utmost importance on safety and strength.
  • In building and construction, many composite products and applications are gaining more and more traction thanks to their unique properties (e.g., corrosion resistance, insulation, lightweight). From composite rebars for reinforcing concrete to pultruded profiles for window frames and composite roofing tiles, composite products not only enable more sustainable designs but also provide an effective solution to repair, upgrade, or strengthen existing buildings, bridges, etc.
  • As per JEC Composites, interest in recycling and reusing materials is high, and key players in the composites industry are involved in many initiatives. The application sectors are also setting ambitious goals in this area, e.g., Europe’s wind industry is committing to reusing, recycling, or recovering 100% of turbine blades by 2025.
  • Owing to the factors mentioned above, carbon/glass fiber type is likely to dominate the market during the forecast period.

Asia-Pacific to Witness the Highest Growth Rate

  • The infrastructure industry in Asia-Pacific has been growing at a healthy rate in recent times. Hence, it is estimated that the region will witness a tremendous growth rate in the cement board market over the assessment period.
  • The Asia-Pacific region is currently experiencing high investments in residential and commercial construction, especially in China, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea, and in developing economies such as India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
  • According to JEC Composites, In the future, long-term trends should resume, with economic growth driven by emerging Asia: China's growth is expected to exceed 5% CAGR per annum, higher than Europe and the US; India, Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia should grow at a comparable rate. In the mid-term (2021-2026), the composites market should resume growth in all regions, and there is still substantial potential for long-term growth, especially in Asia (energy, E&E, …).
  • In automotive, these unique materials, combining the strengths of various fibers and resins, offer a winning combination of lightweight, enhanced performance, and improved fuel efficiency, leading to increased consumption of hybrid composites in the Asia-Pacific market.
  • The Chinese automotive manufacturing industry is the largest in the world. The industry witnessed a slight growth in 2022, wherein production and sales increased. A similar trend continued in 2021, with production witnessing a 3% incline in 2022. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), automotive production is expected to grow in the future, with companies like BYD, SAIC Motors, and more increasing their automotive production sales in the fuel-run and electric vehicles segment.
  • According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, Chinese automakers are anticipated to report sales of approximately 9.4 million electric vehicles and hybrids in the previous year, up from 6.9 million in 2022. The association further projects a continued increase in sales for 2024, reaching 11.5 million units.
  • For Example, China's automotive giant BYD sold over 3 million battery-powered cars in 2023, of which both batteries and gasoline power 1.6 million fully electric vehicles and another 1.4 million hybrids. Together, that is a 62 percent increase over 2022. BYD is also making money, tripling its profit to USD 1.5 billion in the first half of last year, according to BYD.
  • According to India Today, 4,108,000 cars were sold in the domestic market in 2023. This was the first time during a calendar year that over 4 million units were sold in the country. In 2022, the industry witnessed sales of 3,792,000 units. In India, major automotive manufacturers, like Maruti, Hyundai, Tata, Honda, and Mahindra, have shut down their production owing to the unsold stock. This is expected to have a substantial negative impact on India's automotive production in the near future.
  • China has one of the largest healthcare sectors in the world. Under the 13th Five-Year Plan, the Government of China prioritized health and innovation, which is expected to increase investments in the medical device manufacturing sector during the forecast period. Additionally, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, investment in the healthcare sector has been gradually growing in the country.
  • Hybrid composites can achieve exceptional strength-to-weight ratios, exceeding even steel in some cases. This makes them ideal for load-bearing structures, bridges, and earthquake-resistant buildings.
  • China's growth is also fueled by rapid expansion in the residential and commercial building sectors and the country's expanding economy. China is encouraging and enduring a continuous urbanization process, with a projected rate of 70% by 2030. As a result, increased building activity in nations like China is projected to fuel the region's adhesive industry. All such factors tend to increase the demand for adhesives across the region.
  • According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the value of construction output accounted for CNY 31.2 trillion (USD 4.5 trillion) in 2022, up from CNY 29.31 trillion (USD 4.2 trillion) in 2021. Moreover, as per the forecast given by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China's construction sector is expected to maintain a 6% share of the country's GDP going into 2025.
  • As per Invest India, the construction industry in India is expected to reach USD 1.4 Trillion by 2025, and the construction industry in India works across 250 sub-sectors with linkages across sectors and over 54 global innovative construction technologies identified under a Technology Sub-Mission of PMAY-U to start a new era in Indian Construction Sectors.
  • Furthermore, South Korean builders' overseas building orders have surpassed 30 billion US dollars for the third consecutive year in 2022, owing to strong demand from Asia, North America, and the Pacific Ocean regions.
  • All of these factors will be supported by the ever-increasing population in the region, urbanization, ion, and their increasing purchasing power. Regulations related to VOC emissions are currently being implemented in many regions of Asia-Pacific, and this might also drive the usage of cement boards such as fiber cement board (FCB) and cement bonded particleboard (CBPB).
  • Hence, owing to the factors mentioned above, Asia-Pacific is likely to witness the highest growth during the forecast period.

Hybrid Composites Industry Overview

The hybrid composites market is moderately fragmented in nature. The major players (not in any order) include LANXESS, DSM, Avient Corporation, Hexcel Corporation, and SGL Carbon, among others.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Deliverables
1.2 Study Assumptions
1.3 Scope of the Study
4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Increasing Use of Composite Material in Light Vehicle Segment
4.1.2 Specific Hybrids offer Multi-threat Protection
4.1.3 Other Drivers
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 High Processing and Manufacturing Costs
4.2.2 Concerns about Sustainability and Environmental Impact
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 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size In Value)
5.1 Fiber Type
5.1.1 Carbon/Glass
5.1.2 Carbon/Aramid
5.1.3 HMPP/Carbon
5.1.4 Wood/Plastic
5.1.5 Other Fiber Types (Natural Fibers, Basalt Fibers, etc.)
5.2 Resin Type
5.2.1 Thermoset Resins
5.2.2 Thermoplastic Resins
5.2.3 Other Resin Types (PEEK(Polyether Ether Ketone), etc.)
5.3 End-user Industry
5.3.1 Automotive and Transportation
5.3.2 Construction and Infrastructure
5.3.3 Aerospace and Defense
5.3.4 Marine
5.3.5 Other End-user Industries (Sporting Goods, Medical, etc.)
5.4 Geography
5.4.1 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Malaysia Thailand Indonesia Vietnam Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.4.2 North America United States Canada Mexico
5.4.3 Europe Germany United Kingdom France Italy Spain NORDIC Turkey Russia Rest of Europe
5.4.4 South America Brazil Argentina Colombia Rest of South America
5.4.5 Middle-East & Africa Saudi Arabia South Africa Nigeria Qatar Egypt UAE Rest of Middle-East & Africa
6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Market Share (%)**/Ranking Analysis
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 Avient Corporation
6.4.2 DSM
6.4.3 Gurit Services AG
6.4.4 Hexcel Corporation
6.4.5 Huntsman International LLC
6.4.8 Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites, Inc.
6.4.9 RTP Company
6.4.10 Owens Corning
6.4.11 SABIC
6.4.12 SGL Carbon
6.4.13 Simcas Composites
6.4.14 Solvay
6.4.16 Textum OPCO, LLC
6.4.17 Toray Advanced Composites
7.1 Rising Adoption of Hybrid Composites into Various Markets
7.2 Exploring Automation, Digitalization, and Additive Manufacturing Techniques for Composite Production

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

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

  • Avient Corporation
  • DSM
  • Gurit Services AG
  • Hexcel Corporation
  • Huntsman International LLC
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites, Inc.
  • RTP Company
  • Owens Corning
  • SGL Carbon
  • Simcas Composites
  • Solvay
  • Textum OPCO, LLC
  • Toray Advanced Composites