Global Carbon Fiber Market: Snapshot
Owing to high strength and high modulus of fibers available, the global carbon fiber market is anticipated to generate great revenues in the coming years. The competitive landscape of the carbon fiber market is fairly consolidated due to the presence of very few well-established players. Carbon fiber is almost as half as light as steel and offers high tensile strength with temperature tolerance and sturdiness. It also has low thermal expansion and is corrosion, as well as high heat tolerant and resistant. Because of its distinct lightweight and strength, carbon fibers makes a very versatile and useful commercial product not just for one or two but a wide range of markets.
The carbon fiber market is gaining impetus because of a number of factors like rise in demand for fuel efficient vehicles, and launching new products consistently. Moreover, the government is laying emphasis to encourage wind energy industry and to increase the usage of materials that are used to manufacture composite parts of aircraft. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have started to substitute traditional materials used for automotive manufacturing with advanced engineered materials like glass fiber composites, engineered plastics and carbon fiber composites, thus boosting the demand for carbon fibers in the global market.
On the other hand, factors that may restrict the carbon fiber market from achieving greater lucrativeness are insufficient product capability and expensive rates of these fibers. Apart from that, once there a dint or a crack, it is not recyclable and cannot be fixed back like that of a steel structure. The material will not be as strong as before. In most cases, materials made out of carbon fiber if broken, or dinted, will either have to be replaced with a new one or thrown away.
The global carbon fiber market is estimated to be worth US$3.4bn by 2026 with a CAGR of 6.8%. The key factors to give new approaches for expansion of the market are the new scopes boosting the aerospace as well as the automotive industries.
Automotive Contributing More Revenue Generation Owing To Specific Application Utilization
The global carbon fiber market is segmented on the basis of applications, where key classifications are automotive, wind energy, construction, marine and oil and gas, aerospace and aviation, and sports and leisure. Out of these, the automotive segment is further classified into exterior and interior. Carbon fibers are used in interior and exterior parts such as gas caps, vents and door pillars. The International Building Code (IBC) has defined fiber-reinforced polymer materials as a category of both exterior and interior building materials for specific application utilization. Thus, composites can be used as architectural and construction materials apart from specific exterior and interior applications.
On the basis of technology, the carbon fiber market is categorized into prepreg layup process, filament winding, injection molding, and pultrusion process. Based on product, the market for carbon fibers is segmented into pitch-based and pan-based.
Asia Pacific to Remain Most Lucrative Region due to Industrialization in Developing Economies
The global carbon fiber market is studied on the basis of key geographies North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World.
Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and the Rest of the World. Owing to a thriving construction and automotive industry, Asia Pacific is anticipated to remain the most profit-making region because of the increase in urbanization and industrialization. However, the demand for carbon fiber for aerospace industries is mainly from North America.
Demand for carbon fibers is increasing in emerging economies. Apart from this, the increasing use of carbon in 3D printing is expected to create new opportunities in the global market. Some of the key players in the carbon fiber market are Kemrock Industries, Hexcel Corporation, Formosa Plastic Corporation, Kureha Corporation, and Mitsubishi.
Carbon Fiber Market - Overview
Carbon fibers are used in resin-based composites for the fabrication of parts in high performance aircraft, space vehicles, and sporting goods to reduce the overall weight of the fabricated component. These are a group of flexible, continuous/chopped filaments derived from pitch, polyacrylonitrile (PAN), or rayon through a series of high temperature heating stages. These fibers have extremely high modulus and high strength. Carbon fiber find applications in automotive, aerospace, and construction industries.
Rise in demand for lightweight vehicles for subsequent reduction in CO2 emissions is anticipated to boost demand for carbon fiber during the forecast period. Carbon fiber offers several structural and weight advantages over traditional steel and injection molded automotive parts. These offer high stiffness, tensile strength, temperature tolerance, less weight, and thermal expansion. Thus, carbon fiber is preferred for manufacturing automobiles. Carbon fiber is primarily used in racing vehicles, supercars, and mid-to-high end sports cars.
Aerospace is a leading application segment of the global carbon fiber market. The segment is anticipated to expand at a significant pace during the forecast period. Carbon fiber is used to manufacture various aircraft components such as brake wing components, tail and body of planes, and rotor blades of helicopters. In the last few years, glass fiber composites were extensively used in the aerospace industry. Use of carbon fiber is anticipated to increase significantly during the forecast period due to performance limitations of glass fiber and recent development of carbon fiber composites to cater to the growing demand for lightweight and high strength materials.
The PAN-based carbon fiber segment is projected to be highly attractive during the forecast period. PAN-based carbon fibers offer more carbon contents as compared to other product types and hence it is predicted to create enormous growth opportunities during the next few years. PITCH-based carbon fiber is increasingly being utilized in end-use industries such as aerospace and construction sports & leisure.
In terms of technology, the prepreg segment held significant share in global carbon fiber market in 2017. This technology produces consistent material and provides flexibility to fiber orientation. Pultrusion and other technologies such as centrifugal casting and automated tape lying are projected to constitute substantial share of the market by 2026. Injection molding is a high-volume, fast, and closed process. It is likely to be used in some end-use industries where previously the thermoplastic and metal casting processes were used especially in automotive and electrical components.
Aerospace & defense held significant share of the market in 2017 in terms of value. This segment was followed by the automotive & transportation segment. Carbon fiber composites are also used in sports and leisure products such as golf sticks, tennis rackets, knee pads, and bicycles. Expansion of the sports & leisure industry is ascribed to the rise in demand for sports goods in Asia Pacific, particularly in China. This is expected to boost the carbon fiber market during the forecast period.
This report analyzes and forecasts the carbon fiber market at the global and regional level. The market has been forecast based on revenue (US$ Mn) and volume (Tons) from 2017 to 2026, considering 2017 as the base year. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global carbon fiber market. It also covers the impact of these drivers and restraints on demand for carbon fiber market during the forecast period. The report includes the current carbon fiber market indicators. It also highlights opportunities in the carbon fiber market at global level.
The report includes detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global carbon fiber market. Porter’s Five Forces model for the carbon fiber market has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape. The study also provides market attractiveness analysis on the basis of fiber type, technology, and application which are benchmarked based on their growth rate, market size, and market share.
The study provides a decisive view of the global carbon fiber market by segmenting it in terms of fiber type, technology, and applications. Based on fiber type, the carbon fiber market has been classified into PAN- based, PITCH-based, and others. In terms of technology, the carbon fiber market has been divided into prepreg layup, pultrusion, winding, press & injection molding, and others. Based on application, the market has been segregated into automotive, construction, aerospace & defense, sports & leisure, marine and oil & gas, wind energy, and others. These segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes current and future demand for carbon fibers in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Each of these regions are further analyzed on country level for major countries in each region.
The report comprises profiles of major companies operating in the global carbon fiber market. Key players include Teijin Ltd., Hexcel Corporation, Toray Industries Inc., Kureha Corporation, SGL Group, Kemrock Industries and Exports Ltd., DowAksa, Cytec Industries Inc., and Formosa Plastics Corporation.
Carbon Fiber Market, by Product (Tons, US$ Mn)
Carbon Fiber Market, by Technology (Tons, US$ Mn)
- Prepreg Layup
- Filament Winding
- Press & Injection Molding
Carbon Fiber Market, by Application (Tons, US$ Mn)
- Automotive & Transportation
- Aerospace & Defense
- Sports & Leisure
- Marine and Oil & Gas
- Wind Energy
Carbon Fiber Market: Regional Analysis (Tons, US$ Mn)
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East & Africa (MEA)
- GCC Countries
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East & Africa