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Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) Market - Forecasts from 2021 to 2026

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  • 107 Pages
  • May 2021
  • Region: Global
  • Knowledge Sourcing Intelligence LLP
  • ID: 5351052
The carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) market is evaluated at US$20.553 billion for the year 2019 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.76% to reach the market size of US$34.690 billion by the year 2026.

Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) are high-strength composite materials that are light in weight and are majorly used in industries like aerospace and automobile. The demand for the use of CFRPs in the aerospace industry has been increasing over the years. The previously-used metals are being widely replaced by the new and innovative CFRPs, which is anticipated to propel the growth of CFRPs during the forecast period. Also, owing to the rise in climate change concerns around the world, various countries have set their carbon emission targets, which has prompted the need for automobile manufacturers to manufacture lightweight vehicles, and hence they have been increasingly shifting towards the use of CFRPs, which is anticipated to surge the growth of CFRP market during the forecast period.

The recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease harmed the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) market. Owing to the lockdowns implemented in various parts of the world, the factories were shut down and there was a shortage of workers even after the opening of the factories. The supply chain of the CFRP market was disrupted due to the trade restrictions applied to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Various end-use industries of CFRPs such as aerospace and automobile was severely impacted due to the pandemic. This led to a decline in the growth of the CFRP market. However, as the lockdowns have now been lifted, the restrictions have been eased and vaccinations have been started, the CFRP market is anticipated to recover by the year 2022 and continue at its normal pace.

Rising preference for lightweight and fuel-efficient vehicles.

One of the significant factors which are anticipated to propel the growth of the CFRP market during the forecast period is the growing preference of the automakers to manufacture lightweight and fuel-efficient vehicles, owing to the pressure to reduce vehicle emissions from the governments due to climate change and zero-emission targets of various countries. Lightweight vehicles take less energy to move and hence lightweight materials are increasingly being used in vehicle manufacturing to increase the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. According to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, around 6-8% of the fuel efficiency can be increased by reducing the weight of the vehicle by 10%. It also states that if lightweight components like CFRP and high-efficiency engines enabled by advanced materials are used in one-quarter of the U.S. fleet, it can reduce the fuel consumption by 5 billion gallons by 2030. Various countries around the world have set their targets to cut down carbon emissions. For instance, the government of the US has recently announced to commit to reaching net zero emissions by 2050, and in April 2021, the UK announced to cut down the country’s carbon emissions by 2035. Also, the European Union announced in 2021 to reduce their carbon emissions by 55% by 2030, to curb climate change. These targets have prompted the automobile manufacturers to manufacture lightweight vehicles, and are anticipated to elevate the growth of the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) market during the forecast period.

The rise in demand from the aerospace industry.

The CFRPs are increasingly being used in airplanes due to various advantages provided by them such as high-tensile strength and less weight, which is one of the major factors anticipated to bolster the growth of the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) market during the forecast period. It also has terrific fire protection capabilities due to which the popularity of CRPFs has been increasing in the aerospace industry in recent years. The CRPFs have been extensively used in the manufacturing of new generation of aircrafts such as the Airbus A350, the Boeing 787, among many others. In space applications, the metals were preferred over other materials due to the need for a combination of stiffness and strength, and thermal and electrical conductivity, but with time, the pressure for the reduction of weight increased, and the weight reduction in space applications came to the forefront, which prompted the manufacturers to build some satellites predominantly with CRPF. This trend is expected to continue and is anticipated to propel the growth of the CRPF market during the forecast period. With the continuous investments in research and development for innovations in CFRP, new kinds of CFRPs have been developed which have self-healing properties and can overcome the effects of damage in composite materials, which makes the role of CFRPs more prominent in the aircraft design and assembly, and is anticipated to propel the growth of CRPF market during the forecast period.

Europe to hold a significant market share.

Geographically, the European region is anticipated to hold a significant market share owing to the presence of a large aerospace industry and the high demand for CFRPs from them. The Asia Pacific region is anticipated to witness substantial growth due to the rise in the adoption of CFRPs in various end-use industries like aerospace. Also, the presence of leading automobile manufacturers in the region such as China and Japan, and their growth is further anticipated to propel the growth of the CFRP market in the region.

Competitive Insights

Prominent/major key market players in the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) market include Hexcel Corporation, SGL Group, Inc., Toray Industries, Inc., among others. The players in the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) market are implementing various growth strategies to gain a competitive advantage over its competitors in this market. Major market players in the market have been covered along with their relative competitive strategies and the report also mentions recent deals and investments of different market players over the last few years. The company profiles section details the business overview, financial performance (public companies) for the past few years, key products and services being offered along with the recent deals and investments of these important players in the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) market.


By Raw Material
  • Polyacrylonitrile (PAN)
  • Petroleum Pitch
  • Others

By Type
  • Thermosetting
  • Epoxy Resin
  • Polyester Resin
  • Vinyl Resin
  • Others
  • Thermoplastic
  • Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK)
  • Polyurethane (PU)
  • Polyethersulfone (PES)
  • Polyetherimide (PEI)
  • Others

By Application
  • Building & Construction
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Energy and Power
  • Sports
  • Others

By Geography
  • North America
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • South America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Others
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • France
  • UK
  • Others
  • the Middle East and Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Others
  • the Asia Pacific
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Others

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
1.1. Market Definition
1.2. Market Segmentation
2. Research Methodology
2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions
3. Executive Summary
3.1. Research Highlights
4. Market Dynamics
4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of End-Users
4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry
4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis
5. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) Market Analysis, by Raw Material
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Polyacrylonitrile (PAN)
5.3. Petroleum Pitch
5.4. Others
6. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) Market Analysis, by Type
6.1. Introduction
6.2. Thermosetting
6.2.1. Epoxy resin
6.2.2. Polyester resin
6.2.3. Vinyl resin
6.2.4. Others
6.3. Thermoplastic
6.3.1. Polyether ether ketone (PEEK)
6.3.2. Polyurethane (PU)
6.3.3. Polyethersulfone (PES)
6.3.4. Polyetherimide (PEI)
6.3.5. Others
7. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) Market Analysis, by Application
7.1. Introduction
7.2. Building & Construction
7.3. Automotive
7.4. Aerospace & Defense
7.5. Energy and Power
7.6. Sports
7.7. Others
8. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) Market Analysis, by Geography
8.1. Introduction
8.2. North America
8.2.1. USA
8.2.2. Canada
8.2.3. Mexico
8.3. South America
8.3.1. Brazil
8.3.2. Argentina
8.3.3. Others
8.4. Europe
8.4.1. Germany
8.4.2. France
8.4.3. UK
8.4.4. Others
8.5. Middle East and Africa
8.5.1. Saudi Arabia
8.5.2. UAE
8.5.3. Others
8.6. Asia Pacific
8.6.1. China
8.6.2. India
8.6.3. Japan
8.6.4. South Korea
8.6.5. Taiwan
8.6.6. Thailand
8.6.7. Indonesia
8.6.8. Others
9. Competitive Environment and Analysis
9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
9.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness
9.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations
9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix
10. Company Profiles
10.1. Hexcel Corporation
10.2. SGL Group, Inc.
10.3. Toray Industries, Inc.
10.4. Gurit Holdings
10.5. Kringlan Composites
10.6. Cytec Industries, Inc.
10.7. Magna International, Inc.
10.8. Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd.
10.9. Plasan Carbon Composites
10.10. Teijin Ltd.

Companies Mentioned

  • Hexcel Corporation
  • SGL Group, Inc.
  • Toray Industries, Inc.
  • Gurit Holdings
  • Kringlan Composites
  • Cytec Industries, Inc.
  • Magna International, Inc.
  • Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd.
  • Plasan Carbon Composites
  • Teijin Ltd.