Out of Autoclave Prepregs Market: Overview
Out of autoclave prepregs are used in the production of aerospace composites and the fabrication process does not employ autoclaves. Out of autoclave prepreg materials and methods are gaining acceptance in various end-user industries due to their ability to produce autoclave-quality components under vacuum (Vacuum-bag-only (VBO) cure).These prepregs are used to manufacture the structural parts of general aviation and defense aircraft. Surface characteristics and mechanical properties of prepregs have significant impact on the out of autoclave processing. Hot melt systems prefer prepregs, as they minimize the presence of volatiles and outgassing in the system that is curing. Aerostructures are fabricated by laying the out of autoclave prepregs on top of an open mold. Presently, carbon fiber prepregs are extensively used due to rising demand for these prepregs from aerospace, automobile, and wind turbine industries owing to their properties such as high strength, light weight, and chemical resistance.
Out of Autoclave Prepregs Market: Drivers & Restraints
The out of autoclave prepregs market is primarily driven by the increasing demand for fuel efficient vehicles. Demand for out of autoclave prepregs from various applications such as aerospace and defense is rising. Lightweight and superior strength of out of fiber prepregs attract manufacturers, retailers, and consumers. This, in turn, is driving the out of autoclave prepregs market. However, high processing and manufacturing costs of out of autoclave prepregs and issues related to their recyclability are major factors restraining the out of autoclave prepregs market.
Out of Autoclave Prepregs Market: Key Segments
Based on resin type, the out of autoclave prepregs market can be classified into epoxy, cyanate esters, and other polymers. In terms of application, the out of autoclave prepregs market can be divided into aerospace & defense, automotive, marine and wind. Based on product type, the global out of autoclave prepregs market can be categorized into carbon, woven fabric, glass, and mesh. Out of autoclave prepregs are primarily used in applications such as aerospace quality sandwich panels and monolithic laminates.
Out of Autoclave Prepregs Market: Regional Outlook
In terms of region, the global out of autoclave prepregs market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America accounts for a significant share of the global out of autoclave prepregs market due to the availability of raw material processing and technological advancements in the region. The aerospace & defense industry in North America extensively use out of autoclave prepregs. Fleet expansion activities in the region is anticipated to drive the out of autoclave prepregs market in North America. Demand for highly fuel efficient vehicles and strong protective coatings is increasing in the region. The out of autoclave prepregs market in Europe is expanding due to the rising demand for out of autoclave prepreg from Germany and France. Additionally, rise in demand for these prepregs from the aerospace & defense industry fuels the market in Europe. Asia Pacific is a key region for the out of autoclave prepregs market due to high demand from China and India. Changes in lifestyles and the nature of emerging economy and overseas studies are key factors propelling the out of autoclave prepregs market in Asia Pacific. Demand for out of autoclave prepregs in Latin America is primarily from Brazil due to the recent technological progress made in the country. The out of autoclave prepregs market in Middle East & Africa is anticipated to expand considerably during the forecast period.
Out of Autoclave Prepregs Market: Key Players
Key players operating in the global out of autoclave prepregs market include Hexcel Corporation, Cytec Solvay Group, Koninklijke Ten Cate bv, and Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd.
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