Global Lightweight Construction Materials Market: Snapshot

The advent lightweight construction materials have opened a new, lucrative avenue for engineers and construction in the building and construction industry over the past few years. Around the world, the array of such materials is expanding, with new hopes pinned on leveraging the potential of new engineering technologies. A case in point is the growing potential of 3D manufacturing. In addition, new manufacturing techniques based on nanotechnologies are helping market players attract industry players. Strides in the lightweight construction materials market are advancing the scope of innovations in the construction industry by opening new designs and sturdier buildings. To fulfil the objectives, a range of biomaterials have been tested over recent years, and engineers are engaging in studies by modifying them to suit the end-use industry ends. These biomaterials are markedly lightweight yet have promising strength-to-weight ratio. In this regard, engineered wood has risen in popularity.

However, the safety and performance of lightweight construction materials have been under constant scanner. This is due to the fact that buildings made with these materials have been found to have high risk to fire hazards. Moreover, there still is dearth of lightweight construction materials of good stability similar to those of high-performance steel or aluminum. Growing use of 3D technologies such as laser lithography in numerous studies over the past five years has expanded the advent of novel materials in the market. Further, several of such studies have shown microstructured materials inspired by nature to have high scope in the lightweight construction materials market. The focus of making buildings more energy efficient by governments to reduce the carbon footprint of these constructions is also filliping the demands for lightweight construction materials. Growing numbers of lightweight construction projects in developed nations is a key factor boosting the market. 

Lightweight Construction Materials Market: Introduction

  • Lightweight construction materials have lower density than water; however, their strength-to-weight ratio is higher than that of aluminum or steel
  • Modern materials including composite materials used for lightweight construction are used across all industrial sectors in order to reduce production costs, improve product quality and functionality, and increase resilience. Additionally, the use of lightweight construction materials helps in optimizing the production processes and the use of materials in order to achieve maximum efficiency. 

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Key Drivers of Lightweight Construction Materials Market

  • Rise in the adoption of lightweight materials and increase in the production of aircraft in developing countries are expected to augment the demand for advanced composites during the forecast period. This is anticipated to drive the global lightweight construction materials market in the near future.
  • Growth of the aerospace & defense sector in countries such as India and China is likely to fuel the demand for lightweight materials such as aluminum for its use in the manufacturing of various parts of aircrafts. Properties of lightweight construction materials, such as enhanced dynamics and comfort, are likely to make aluminum the most significant lightweight construction material in the aerospace & defense sector.
  • In addition, with rise in the competition in raw materials for production of various parts of automotive, car manufacturers and aluminum distributors are working closely with each other to decrease the overall weight of the vehicle structure. Aluminum offers a better cost-benefit ratio than any of its substitute materials, which makes it a material of choice for production of various automotive parts.
  • Moreover, rise in investments in application-oriented research and development is likely to improve properties of materials in the near future. Optimization of the process for production of lightweight construction materials is expected to drive the global lightweight construction materials market during the forecast period. 

Building & Construction Segment to Witness Attractive Opportunities

  • Developments in the nanotechnology and nanomaterials are likely to offer lucrative opportunities to the global construction industry in the near future. Additionally, nano cement particles help in filling pores more effectively, thereby enhancing the overall strength and durability of cement. This, in turn, is boosting the demand for lightweight construction materials across the globe.
  • Rising use of cement-based construction materials, such as ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) and photo-catalytically active concrete products and coatings, is likely to drive the demand for lightweight construction materials, especially in the building & construction sector, in the next few years.
  • Rising research activities and foreign direct investment (FDI) in the building & construction sector, typically in Europe and North America, are likely to provide immense opportunities to manufacturers of lightweight construction materials in these regions in the near future
  • Increase of pressure to reduce CO2 emissions during the production of cement is likely to drive the demand for nanomaterials such as graphene in the near future. Graphene’s high tensile strength, optical transparency and excellent electrical conductivity, makes it an ideal material for its use in construction industry.

High Production Costs and Lack of Awareness among Consumers to Hamper Market

  • Factors such as rapid fluctuations in raw material prices and high costs of carbon fibers is likely to restrict its use in the manufacturing of automotive components. This is expected to hinder the market during the forecast period.
  • Lightweight construction materials are made by using sophisticated technologies those are not commercial on the large scale in the market. This, in turn, is expected to hamper the global market during the forecast period.
  • Economic slowdown coupled with slowdown of the automotive sector in developing regions, such as Asia Pacific is expected to hamper sales of lightweight construction materials in the near future 

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Europe to Hold a Major Share of Global Lightweight Construction Materials Market

  • Geographically, the global market for lightweight construction materials can be segmented into five regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa
  • Europe is anticipated to be the leading consumer of lightweight construction materials across the globe in the near future. In terms of research & development and production capacities, Germany is becoming the leading player in the market for lightweight construction materials in Europe.
  • Across North America, manufacturers of lightweight construction materials are primarily engaged in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and new product launches in order to gain higher market share
  • Growth of aerospace & defense and building & construction sectors in Asia Pacific, especially in countries such as China, Japan, and South Korea, is expected to generate high demand for lightweight construction materials during the forecast period
  • Rising FDIs in aerospace & defense and building & construction industries in developing economies of Asia Pacific are likely to fuel the market in the region during the forecast period
  • Rising imports of lightweight construction materials in the construction industry in Latin America and Middle East & Africa are likely to boost the market in these regions during the forecast period

Key Players Operating in Global Lightweight Construction Materials Market

The global lightweight construction materials market is highly consolidated concentrated, with top manufacturers accounting for a major share of the market. A few of the key players operating in the global market are:

  • Henkel Corporation
  • KGF Industrial Plants GmbH
  • ThyssenKrupp AG
  • Henkel Corporation
  • Owens Corning Corporation
  • LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
  • Hexcel Corporation
  • Zoltek Companies Inc.
  • UC Rusal
  • Aluminium Corporation of China 

Global Lightweight Construction Materials Market: Research Scope 

Global Lightweight Construction Materials Market, by Type

  • High-performance Steel
  • Carbon Composites
  • Aluminum
  • Ceramic Materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Others (Including Wood and Technical Textiles)

Global Lightweight Construction Materials Market, by End-use Industry

  • Building & Construction
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Others (Including Machinery and Equipment)

Global Lightweight Construction Materials Market, by Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia & CIS
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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