Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Market: Information by Resin (Thermosetting Resin, Thermoplastic resin), End-User, and Region — Forecast till 2029

Apr 16, 2020   Market Overview Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer is an extremely strong and light fiber-reinforced plastic containing carbon fibers, also called as CFRP. Carbon fibers are primarily used for the application where strength-to-weight ratio and stiffness are required, such as automotive, aerospace, sports equipment superstructure of ships, civil engineering, among others. In Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer, the binding polymer is often a thermoset resin such as epoxy. However, other thermosets or t...
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Market Overview

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer is an extremely strong and light fiber-reinforced plastic containing carbon fibers, also called as CFRP. Carbon fibers are primarily used for the application where strength-to-weight ratio and stiffness are required, such as automotive, aerospace, sports equipment superstructure of ships, civil engineering, among others. In Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer, the binding polymer is often a thermoset resin such as epoxy. However, other thermosets or thermoplastic polymers, such as polyester, vinyl ester, or nylon, are seldom used. The composite material may contain aramid, aluminum, ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), glass fibers in addition to carbon fibers. The properties of the final CFRP product, however, differ in accordance with the additives introduced to the binding matrix (resin); the most common additive is silica. But other additives such as rubber and carbon nanotubes can also be used.

Advantages of CFRP Composites

Composite materials reinforced with carbon are different from other fiber-reinforced polymers composites using traditional materials such as fiberglass or aramid fiber. The properties of CFRP composites that are advantageous include:

Lightweight: A traditional fiberglass reinforced composite has a higher density compared to carbon fiber reinforced composite. Carbon fiber reinforced composites have a density of 0.055 pounds per cubic inch, whereas conventional fiber-reinforced composites such as glass fiber or aramid commonly have a density of 0.065 pounds per cubic inch. This reduced density makes them much lighter than conventional fiber-reinforced composites.

Increased Strength: Not only CPRFs are lighter in weight, but they are much more robust and stiffer per unit of weight.

Properties of CFRP Composites:

  • CFRP is alkali resistant
  • It is corrosion-resistant too, and for the same reason, it is preferably used for corrosion control and rehabilitation of reinforced concrete structures
  • Carbon fiber reinforced polymers have low thermal conductivity.
  • It has a high strength to weight ratio, and hence it eliminates requirements of heavy construction equipment and supporting structures
  • CFRP needs a short curing time, which reduces the project duration and down-time of the structure to a great extent
  • It posses high ultimate strain
  • It has high fatigue resistance, and hence it does not degrade
  • It is a bad conductor of electricity and is non-magnetic

Lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers’ Applications in the Automobile Sector

Automobile manufacturers are after alternatives for the conventionally used products such as iron and aluminum in the automotive parts manufacturing. The carbon fiber reinforced polymer market revenue generated from the automotive industry was around USD 5 billion in 2018 globally. In the automotive sector, the carbon fiber reinforced polymers are well known in the racing yacht and superyacht sectors for its lightweight carbon fiber rigging.

The Aerospace Industry's Replacement of Aluminium with CFRP

The global demand for carbon fiber reinforced polymer is expected to grow at a high pace, owing to its widespread adoption in the aerospace industry. The aerospace industry is now witnessing the replacement of aluminum with carbon fiber reinforced polymers. It is extensively used in the manufacturing of tail of radio controlled helicopters, manufacturing of airbus livery, and other structural materials such as paneling interiors, among others. According to Statista, the global demand for CFRP was around 128,500 metric tons in 2018.

Volatile Costs and Raw Material Availability to Restraint Market Growth

Carbon fiber reinforced polymers are expensive as compare to other fiber-reinforced polymers such as glass fiber and aramid. In addition, the price of CFRP is almost 10 times higher than that of steel and aluminum used in the automobile sector. This factor can become a hampering factor in the growth of carbon fiber reinforced polymer in the global market. As of now, aerospace, defense, and high-end car manufacturing companies are primarily using carbon fiber reinforced polymers. For instance, expensive car manufacturer Lamborghini uses CFRP in their supercars. Besides, the long production cycle of carbon fiber reinforced polymer leads to less production of goods in a specific time interval, which limits its use in the application where a higher number of CFRP is required in a short time interval.

North America — Home for Gaint Automotive, Defense, and Aerospace Sectors

North America accounts for the largest share in the carbon fiber reinforced polymer market, followed by Europe, owing to the giant automotive, aerospace, and defense industry presence. In the year 2018, the carbon fiber production capacity in the U.S. was 45,300 metric tons.  Europe accounts for the second-largest share in the carbon fiber reinforced polymer market due to the burgeoning building and construction industry as well as the automotive sector. In the European region, Italy generated around USD 586.3 million in 2017. The trend is expected to remain the same during the forecast period.

Growing Demand for Lightweight and Fuel-Efficient Aircrafts

Aerospace is the leading end-user segment followed by the automotive segment, owing to the increasing demand for lightweight and fuel-efficient aircraft. CFRPs are used in military planes and helicopters, attributed to their ability to reduce the weight of an object. Reduction in weight results in enhanced fuel-efficiency and overall performance of these flying objects. The aerospace segment accounted for almost 30% of the total market share in 2019.

Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced-Polymer-Market-Share

Key Players

Some of the prominent players operating in the global carbon fiber reinforced polymer market include Hexcel Corporation (the U.S.), Formosa Plastics Corporation (the U.S.), DowAksa Advanced Composites Holdings B.V. (Turkey), Cytec Industries Inc. (the U.S.), Zhongfu Shenying Carbon Fiber Co., Ltd. (China), Toray Industries, Inc. (Japan), Teijin Limited. (Japan), SGL Carbon SE (Germany), Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd (Japan), and Jiangsu Hengshen Fibre Material Co., Ltd. (China).

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Market Segmentation

By Resin

  • Thermosetting Resin
  • Thermoplastic Resin

By End-User

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Sports Equipments
  • Building and Construction
  • Wind power industry
  • Others

By Region

North America

  • S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico

Europe

  • Germany
  • France
  • K.
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Russia
  • The Rest of Europe

Asia-Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam
  • The Rest of Europe

Central and South America and the Caribbean

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • Rest of Central, South America, and the Caribbean

The Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Oman
  • Bahrain
  • The Rest of the Middle East

Africa

  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Ghana
  • Tanzania
  • The Rest of Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Aerospace End User Segment is expected to be the leading segment in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Market during the forecast period.
North America is expected to hold the highest market share in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Market.
Hexcel Corporation, Formosa Plastics Corporation, DowAksa Advanced Composites Holdings B.V., Cytec Industries Inc., Zhongfu Shenying Carbon Fiber Co., Ltd., Toray Industries, Inc., Teijin Limited., SGL Carbon SE are the top players in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Market.
Increasing widespread adoption in the aerospace industry, growing building, and construction industry, as well as the automotive sector, are the key factors expected to drive Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Market during the forecast period.
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Market Overview

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer is an extremely strong and light fiber-reinforced plastic containing carbon fibers, also called as CFRP. Carbon fibers are primarily used for the application where strength-to-weight ratio and stiffness are required, such as automotive, aerospace, sports equipment superstructure of ships, civil engineering, among others. In Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer, the binding polymer is often a thermoset resin such as epoxy. However, other thermosets or thermoplastic polymers, such as polyester, vinyl ester, or nylon, are seldom used. The composite material may contain aramid, aluminum, ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), glass fibers in addition to carbon fibers. The properties of the final CFRP product, however, differ in accordance with the additives introduced to the binding matrix (resin); the most common additive is silica. But other additives such as rubber and carbon nanotubes can also be used.

Advantages of CFRP Composites

Composite materials reinforced with carbon are different from other fiber-reinforced polymers composites using traditional materials such as fiberglass or aramid fiber. The properties of CFRP composites that are advantageous include:

Lightweight: A traditional fiberglass reinforced composite has a higher density compared to carbon fiber reinforced composite. Carbon fiber reinforced composites have a density of 0.055 pounds per cubic inch, whereas conventional fiber-reinforced composites such as glass fiber or aramid commonly have a density of 0.065 pounds per cubic inch. This reduced density makes them much lighter than conventional fiber-reinforced composites.

Increased Strength: Not only CPRFs are lighter in weight, but they are much more robust and stiffer per unit of weight.

Properties of CFRP Composites:

  • CFRP is alkali resistant
  • It is corrosion-resistant too, and for the same reason, it is preferably used for corrosion control and rehabilitation of reinforced concrete structures
  • Carbon fiber reinforced polymers have low thermal conductivity.
  • It has a high strength to weight ratio, and hence it eliminates requirements of heavy construction equipment and supporting structures
  • CFRP needs a short curing time, which reduces the project duration and down-time of the structure to a great extent
  • It posses high ultimate strain
  • It has high fatigue resistance, and hence it does not degrade
  • It is a bad conductor of electricity and is non-magnetic

Lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers’ Applications in the Automobile Sector

Automobile manufacturers are after alternatives for the conventionally used products such as iron and aluminum in the automotive parts manufacturing. The carbon fiber reinforced polymer market revenue generated from the automotive industry was around USD 5 billion in 2018 globally. In the automotive sector, the carbon fiber reinforced polymers are well known in the racing yacht and superyacht sectors for its lightweight carbon fiber rigging.

The Aerospace Industry's Replacement of Aluminium with CFRP

The global demand for carbon fiber reinforced polymer is expected to grow at a high pace, owing to its widespread adoption in the aerospace industry. The aerospace industry is now witnessing the replacement of aluminum with carbon fiber reinforced polymers. It is extensively used in the manufacturing of tail of radio controlled helicopters, manufacturing of airbus livery, and other structural materials such as paneling interiors, among others. According to Statista, the global demand for CFRP was around 128,500 metric tons in 2018.

Volatile Costs and Raw Material Availability to Restraint Market Growth

Carbon fiber reinforced polymers are expensive as compare to other fiber-reinforced polymers such as glass fiber and aramid. In addition, the price of CFRP is almost 10 times higher than that of steel and aluminum used in the automobile sector. This factor can become a hampering factor in the growth of carbon fiber reinforced polymer in the global market. As of now, aerospace, defense, and high-end car manufacturing companies are primarily using carbon fiber reinforced polymers. For instance, expensive car manufacturer Lamborghini uses CFRP in their supercars. Besides, the long production cycle of carbon fiber reinforced polymer leads to less production of goods in a specific time interval, which limits its use in the application where a higher number of CFRP is required in a short time interval.

North America — Home for Gaint Automotive, Defense, and Aerospace Sectors

North America accounts for the largest share in the carbon fiber reinforced polymer market, followed by Europe, owing to the giant automotive, aerospace, and defense industry presence. In the year 2018, the carbon fiber production capacity in the U.S. was 45,300 metric tons.  Europe accounts for the second-largest share in the carbon fiber reinforced polymer market due to the burgeoning building and construction industry as well as the automotive sector. In the European region, Italy generated around USD 586.3 million in 2017. The trend is expected to remain the same during the forecast period.

Growing Demand for Lightweight and Fuel-Efficient Aircrafts

Aerospace is the leading end-user segment followed by the automotive segment, owing to the increasing demand for lightweight and fuel-efficient aircraft. CFRPs are used in military planes and helicopters, attributed to their ability to reduce the weight of an object. Reduction in weight results in enhanced fuel-efficiency and overall performance of these flying objects. The aerospace segment accounted for almost 30% of the total market share in 2019.

Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced-Polymer-Market-Share

Key Players

Some of the prominent players operating in the global carbon fiber reinforced polymer market include Hexcel Corporation (the U.S.), Formosa Plastics Corporation (the U.S.), DowAksa Advanced Composites Holdings B.V. (Turkey), Cytec Industries Inc. (the U.S.), Zhongfu Shenying Carbon Fiber Co., Ltd. (China), Toray Industries, Inc. (Japan), Teijin Limited. (Japan), SGL Carbon SE (Germany), Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd (Japan), and Jiangsu Hengshen Fibre Material Co., Ltd. (China).

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Market Segmentation

By Resin

  • Thermosetting Resin
  • Thermoplastic Resin

By End-User

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Sports Equipments
  • Building and Construction
  • Wind power industry
  • Others

By Region

North America

  • S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico

Europe

  • Germany
  • France
  • K.
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Russia
  • The Rest of Europe

Asia-Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam
  • The Rest of Europe

Central and South America and the Caribbean

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • Rest of Central, South America, and the Caribbean

The Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Oman
  • Bahrain
  • The Rest of the Middle East

Africa

  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Ghana
  • Tanzania
  • The Rest of Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Aerospace End User Segment is expected to be the leading segment in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Market during the forecast period.
North America is expected to hold the highest market share in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Market.
Hexcel Corporation, Formosa Plastics Corporation, DowAksa Advanced Composites Holdings B.V., Cytec Industries Inc., Zhongfu Shenying Carbon Fiber Co., Ltd., Toray Industries, Inc., Teijin Limited., SGL Carbon SE are the top players in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Market.
Increasing widespread adoption in the aerospace industry, growing building, and construction industry, as well as the automotive sector, are the key factors expected to drive Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Market during the forecast period.
Basically choose Pay by Purchase Order when you are checking out. We will connect with you via email to set up your order.
We will send you an email with login credentials to access the report. You will also be able to download the pdf.
Call us, email us, or chat with us! We encourage your questions and feedback. We have a research concierge team available at all times and included in every purchase.