+353-1-416-8900REST OF WORLD
+44-20-3973-8888REST OF WORLD
1-917-300-0470EAST COAST U.S
1-800-526-8630U.S. (TOLL FREE)

Unidirectional Tape - Market Share Analysis, Industry Trends & Statistics, Growth Forecasts 2019 - 2029

  • PDF Icon


  • 150 Pages
  • February 2024
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5025780
The Unidirectional Tape Market size is estimated at USD 386.83 million in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 637.57 million by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 10.51% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The market was negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. Presently the market has now reached pre-pandemic levels.

Key Highlights

  • Over the medium term, one of the main factors driving the market is the growing demand from the aerospace and rising usage of unidirectional tape in the wind and automotive industries.
  • On the flipside, high manufacturing and high processing costs of unidirectional tapes are expected to hinder the market's growth.
  • Increasing Investment by major companies worldwide in R&D activities to develop new unidirectional tape products is likely to act as an opportunity for the market studied in the coming years.
  • Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market with increasing manufacturing from aerospace industry.

Unidirectional Tapes Market Trends

Growing Demand from the Aerospace and Defense Industry

  • Unidirectional tapes are manufactured from glass or carbon fiber embedded in a thermoplastic matrix and are specifically customized based on their different applications.
  • Thermoset UD tapes are generally utilized across different industries, as they are less expensive, exceptionally receptive, and have ease of impregnation. High utilization of carbon fiber/epoxy composites in the aerospace Industry inferable from their lightweight, high quality and modulus, and superb fatigue performance.
  • The global aerospace materials market is estimated to witness healthy growth over the forecast period due to increasing composites' usage in aircraft manufacturing and increasing government spending on military and defense in the major countries like the United States, China, India, the United Kingdom, and so on.
  • According to data by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI), US and China accounted for the largest military expenditure in 2021 which was valued at around USD 801.0 billion and USD 293.0 billion respectively followed by India and UK at USD 76.6 billion and USD 68.4 billionrespectively.
  • The global military aircraft and aerospace manufacturing market for aerospace and defense in 2021 were valued at approximately USD 255.8 billion which includes dominant players such as Boeing, Lockheed, and Northrop Grumma. The increasing investments in the research and development (R&D) of advanced composite materials by several aerospace incumbents, like The Boeing Company, and Airbus SE, among others, is also supporting the growth of the unidirectional tapes market.
  • Hence, owing to the above-mentioned factors, the application of unidirectional tape from aerospace industry is likely to dominate during the forecast period.

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. The rising demand for unidirectional tape from the defense industry in countries like China and India is expected to drive the demand for unidirectional tape in this region.
  • Unidirectional tapes are used to design lightweight, high-impact, strong materials for high-performance automotive applications. The Chinese automotive manufacturing industry is the largest in the world, with a production share of just over 32.5% in 2021. The industry is supported by multinational players operating large manufacturing facilities in the country.
  • The growing civil aircraft fleet steadily boosts the demand for unidirectional tape in China. Moreover, in the next 20 years, the Chinese airline companies plan to purchase about 7,690 new aircraft, which are valued at about USD 1.2 trillion.
  • Automotive production in India witnessed a 30% growth in 2021. The significant growth was supported by government reforms to enhance industrial production and high demand for automobiles from the end consumers in the country. As per the reports by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, SIAM, the country produced a total of 22,933,230 vehicles, including passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, three-wheelers, two-wheelers, and quadricycles, between April 2021 to March 2022. Moreover, the government's reforms, such as "Aatma Nirbhar Bharat" and "Make in India" programs, are likely to boost the automotive industry.
  • According to IATA (International Air Transport Association) report, India is poised to become the third-largest aviation market in the world by the end of the forecast period. In the aerospace sector, according to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the country's aviation industry is expected to witness INR 35,000 crore (~USD 4.99 billion) investment in the next four years.
  • Furthermore, according to the Global Wind Report, 2022, by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the Indian wind market outlook for 2022 and 2023 is projected at 3.2 GW and 4.1 GW of onshore wind installations respectively.
  • Asia-Pacific holds a significant share in the sports and leisure equipment market, and it is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period.
  • Owing to the above-mentioned factors, the market for unidirectional tape in the Asia-Pacific region is projected to grow significantly during the study period.

Unidirectional Tapes Industry Overview

The unidirectional tape market is consolidated in nature, with the top five players accounting for a significant share in the global market. Some of the major companies (not in any particular order) are TEIJIN LIMITED, Hexcel Corporation, Celanese Corporation, TORAY INDUSTRIES INC., and Mitsui Chemicals Inc., among others.

Additional Benefits:

  • The market estimate (ME) sheet in Excel format
  • 3 months of analyst support

This product will be delivered within 2 business days.

Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Growing Demand from the Aerospace and Defense Industry
4.1.2 Rising Usage of Unidirectional Tape in the Wind and Automotive Industries
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 High Manufacturing and Processing Costs
4.2.2 Other Restraints
4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.4.5 Degree of Competition

5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Value)
5.1 Reinforcement Type
5.1.1 Glass Fiber
5.1.2 Carbon Fiber
5.1.3 Other Reinforcement Types
5.2 Backing Material
5.2.1 Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK)
5.2.2 Polyamide (PA)
5.2.3 Polypropylene (PP)
5.2.4 Polycarbonate (PC)
5.2.5 Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS)
5.2.6 Other Backing Materials
5.3 Adhesive Type
5.3.1 Epoxy
5.3.2 Polyurethane
5.3.3 Other Adhesive Types
5.4 End-user Industry
5.4.1 Aerospace and Defense
5.4.2 Automotive
5.4.3 Sports and Leisure
5.4.4 Industrial
5.4.5 Wind Energy
5.4.6 Other End-user Industries
5.5 Geography
5.5.1 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.5.2 North America United States Canada Mexico
5.5.3 Europe Germany United Kingdom France Italy Rest of Europe
5.5.4 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
5.5.5 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 Ranking Analysis
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 BUFA Thermoplastic Composites GmbH & Co. KG
6.4.2 Celanese Corporation
6.4.3 Evonik Industries AG
6.4.4 Hexcel Corporation
6.4.5 Mitsui Chemicals Inc.
6.4.6 Oxeon AB (TeXtreme)
6.4.7 Plastic Reinforcement Fabrics Ltd
6.4.8 SABIC
6.4.9 SGL Carbon
6.4.10 Solvay
6.4.11 TCR Composites Inc.
6.4.13 TOPOLO New Materials
6.4.15 Victrex plc

7.1 Increasing Investment in R&D of Major Companies Across the Globe to Develop New UD Tape Products

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

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

  • BUFA Thermoplastic Composites GmbH & Co. KG
  • Celanese Corporation
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Hexcel Corporation
  • Mitsui Chemicals Inc.
  • Oxeon AB (TeXtreme)
  • Plastic Reinforcement Fabrics Ltd
  • SGL Carbon
  • Solvay
  • TCR Composites Inc.
  • TOPOLO New Materials
  • Victrex plc