Emerging Materials and Devices Report

Composites 2017-2027: Innovations, Opportunities, Market Forecasts

Complete supply chain analysis and emerging market applications of both synthetic and natural fibre reinforced composite material (FRP, CMC, MMC)

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The market for synthetic fibres used in composite parts will exceed $9bn by 2027
A composite part consists of fibres embedded in a matrix to give superior properties in comparison to their individual elements. This report provides the most comprehensive global view of this market with detailed sections,10-year forecasts, and application trends segmented for each synthetic and natural fibre in a polymer, metal, or ceramic matrix.
The industry may appear well-established, but beneath the surface there are many significant innovations at every stage of the supply chain; this extends from the fibres and their precursors through to the manufacturing processes and their associated industries. These innovations are not only providing opportunities for a wide-range of companies at each step of the part production, but are also developing both improved and nascent materials which are taking this market into expanding and emerging applications.
These technical innovations are found in multi-billion dollar companies through to university research. This report contains detailed primary-information and company profiles on over 60 of the most significant companies and research institutes based on IDTechEx's interview-based research.
Report breakdown for Composites 2017-2027: Innovations, Opportunities, Market Forecasts. The supply chain for carbon fibre is highlighted as an example. (Source: IDTechEx)
The usual headline-grabbing property is the improved strength-to-weight ratio of these lightweight composite parts, and this will continue their ever-increasing relevance for the automotive and aerospace industry, as lower emissions (ICE) and improved mileage (electric) are required. However, important additional properties also play a crucial role in their successful uptake, be it their superior stiffness, corrosion resistance, or temperature stability.
IDTechEx forecast that the market for all synthetic fibres used in composite parts will exceed $9bn by 2027. The report details the current and status of each individual continuous and short/chopped fibre as well as the main players, challenges faced and trends in applications. The fastest growth rate will come from continuous ceramic fibres in the next 10-year period, but the market will also still see significant growth for some of the more established materials. This report also looks further into the future of pre-commercial composite materials, a prime example being boron fibres synthesised by advanced manufacturing procedures.
5 and 10-year volume growth rates for continuous synthetic fibres that are consumed within composite parts. Composites 2017-2027: Innovations, Opportunities, Market Forecasts (Source: IDTechEx)
A detailed analysis into natural fibres, and in particular the emerging role of bast fibres, is also included. Through legislation and a beneficial combination of properties and price, these bast fibres are finding an increasing market, which in some cases cannot be (both literally and economically) grown fast enough to meet the demand.
Owing to the often higher costs and occasional limitations in both physical and chemical properties, it has been increasingly important to use composite materials as hybrid parts. This involves composites being used in combination with dissimilar materials in a variety of ways. This report probes the methodologies facilitating this trend and highlights the applications where these have been and will be used.
There are additional downsides to composite materials which many advocates of the field shy away from, and this is the ability to repair parts and their end-of-life opportunities. IDTechEx do not view these as insurmountable negatives, but instead assess the range of emerging and innovative necessary solutions to these hurdles.
Finally, this report looks at the role of composite parts beyond purely "dumb" materials into what will be their next frontier. Multifunctional composites are where the structural part can also provide additional functionality which typically acts as a weight and space-saving mechanism. This includes: energy storage, energy harvesting, embedded sensors and structural health monitoring, adaptive responses, and thermal/electrical conductivity.
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Table of Contents
1.1.Introduction to composites
1.2.Report layout and hyperlinks
1.3.Innovations at each step to manufacture an FRP part
1.4.Fibre by type, form and maturity
1.5.Global forecast - volume
1.6.Global forecast - revenue
1.7.Global forecast - applications by fibre
1.8.Application hype curve of CFRP
1.9.CMC and MMC applications
1.10.Natural fibres forecast
1.11.Hybrid parts
1.12.Core sandwich materials
1.13.Multifunctional composite materials
1.14.Lightweight material drivers
1.15.Companies spoken to by IDTechEx analyst for this report
2.1.Introduction to composite materials
2.2.Comparison of relative fibre properties
2.3.Cost adjusted fibre properties
2.4.Supply chain for composite manufacturers
3.1.1.FRP/PMC introduction
3.1.2.Resins - overview and property comparison
3.1.3.Timeline for resin materials as the polymer matrix
3.1.4.Thermosetting resins - general properties
3.1.5.Thermosetting resins - key resins
3.1.6.Thermosetting innovations - fast curing epoxy resins
3.1.7.Thermosetting hardeners
3.1.8.Thermosetting innovations - polyurethanes (1)
3.1.9.Thermosetting innovations - polyurethanes (2)
3.1.10.FST retardant resins - phenolic replacements (1)
3.1.11.FST retardant resins - phenolic replacements (2)
3.1.12.Thermoplastics for composites - overview
3.1.13.Thermoplastics resins for composites - main players and trends (1)
3.1.14.Thermoplastics resins for composites - main players and trends (2)
3.1.15.Thermoplastic epoxy resins
3.1.16.Reversible crosslinkers
3.1.17.Biobased resins - sustainability and safety
3.1.18.Biobased resins - biodegradable
3.2.1.CMC introduction
3.2.2.CMC matrix comparison
3.2.3.Interfacial coating
3.3.1.MMC introduction
3.3.2.MMC matrix comparison
4.1.Carbon fibre - including analysis of general composite manufacturing and supply chain
4.2.Carbon fibre in FRP
4.2.1.Introduction to CFRP
4.2.2.CF Synthesis - overview
4.2.3.PAN-based Fibre - synthesis introduction
4.2.4.PAN-based Fibre - main players
4.2.5.PAN-based fibre - expansion plans for light tow
4.2.6.PAN-based fibre - expansion plans for heavy tow
4.2.7.PAN-based fibre - cost progression through manufacturing expansion
4.2.8.PAN-based fibre - cost progression through manufacturing innovation
4.2.9.PAN-based fibre - cost progression through alternate feedstocks
4.2.10.PAN-based fibre - sizings and surface treatments
4.2.11.Pitch-based fibre - overview, trends, and players
4.2.12.Pitch-based fibre - innovation and cost progression
4.2.13.Forecast for carbon fibre cost progression
4.2.14.Fabric - overview
4.2.15.Fabric - main players and key innovations
4.2.16.Fabrics - braided material
4.2.17.Fabrics - main players for braided fabric
4.2.18.Fabrics - associated industries
4.2.19.Prepreg - overview
4.2.20.Prepreg - next generation products
4.2.21.Prepreg - innovations from main players
4.2.22.Prepreg - towpreg innovations
4.2.23.Prepreg - innovation from nascent companies
4.2.24.Impregnating with thermoplastic resins
4.2.25.Unidirectional tapes and sheets - manufacturing processes
4.2.26.Thin Ply - spreading fibres
4.2.27.Thin ply - main players
4.2.28.Pre-cured pultruded profiles
4.2.29.Associated industries for prepreg materials - industry 4.0
4.2.30.Manufacturing processes - introduction
4.2.31.Manufacturing processes - typical procedure
4.2.32.Manufacturing processes - comparison chart
4.2.33.Manufacturing processes - resin infusion under flexible tooling
4.2.34.Reusable vacuum bags - silicone and natural rubbers
4.2.35.Manufacturing processes - RTM overview
4.2.36.RTM innovations - compression RTM
4.2.37.RTM innovations - Ultra-RTM
4.2.38.Compression moulding innovations - LIT
4.2.39.Compression moulding innovations - ALCM
4.2.40.Compression moulding innovations - PCM, InPreg and DFCM
4.2.41.Short strand manufacturing processes - CF-SMC
4.2.42.Manufacturing processes - PulPress
4.2.43.Manufacturing processes - ATL and AFL
4.2.44.Manufacturing processes - robotic arm advancements
4.2.45.Associated manufacturing industries - permanent instruments and vacuum bags
4.2.46.Associated manufacturing industries - tooling innovations
4.2.47.Associated manufacturing industries - release agents Printing - overview for the composite industry Printing - composite progression Printing - additive manufacturing of short fibre composites Printing - alternatives to extrusion manufacturing for short fibre composites Printing - fibre alignment for short composites Printing - additive manufacturing of continuous fibre composites with thermoplastic Printing - additive manufacturing of continuous fibre composites with thermosets Printing - new composite manufacturing processes Printing - sacrificial tooling
4.2.57.Recycling composites - pyrolysis and solvolysis
4.2.58.Recycling composites - main players
4.2.59.Recycling composites - projects and applications
4.2.60.Recycling composites - thermoplastics
4.2.61.Repairing composite parts
4.2.62.Application hype curve of CFRP
4.2.63.CFRP applications - aerospace: overview
4.2.64.CFRP applications - aerospace: Boeing 777X and Airbus A350 XWB
4.2.65.CFRP applications - aerospace: exterior
4.2.66.CFRP applications - aerospace: interior
4.2.67.CFRP applications - aerospace: engines
4.2.68.CFRP applications - UAVs
4.2.69.CFRP applications - rockets and satellites
4.2.70.CFRP applications - helicopters
4.2.71.CFRP applications - automotive: road map
4.2.72.CFRP applications - automotive: monocoque
4.2.73.CFRP applications - automotive: spaceframe
4.2.74.CFRP applications - automotive: wheels
4.2.75.CFRP applications - automotive: electric
4.2.76.CFRP applications - automotive: hydrogen fuel cell
4.2.77.Links between CF and automotive companies
4.2.78.CFRP applications - wind turbines
4.2.79.CFRP applications - rail industry
4.2.80.CFRP applications - sports and leisure
4.2.81.CFRP applications - medical
4.2.82.CFRP applications - electronics
4.2.83.CFRP applications - marine
4.2.84.CFRP applications - pressurised vessels
4.2.85.CFRP applications - industrial
4.2.86.CFRP applications - building and construction
4.3.Carbon fibre and CMC
4.3.1.CMC manufacturing - introduction
4.3.2.CMC manufacturing - liquid preform infiltration
4.3.3.CMC manufacturing - polymer infiltration and pyrolysis
4.3.4.CMC manufacturing - gaseous preform infiltration
4.3.5.CF CMC applications - automotive
4.3.6.CF CMC applications - space
4.3.7.CF CMC applications - pumps
4.3.8.Carbon fibre forecast
4.3.9.Global forecast of CF
4.3.10.Value chain of CFRP
4.3.11.Forecast of CFRP by application
4.4.Glass fibres
4.4.1.Glass Fibres - introduction and market forecast
4.4.2.High performance glass fibres
4.4.3.Biodegradeable glass fibres
4.4.4.GFRP applications - building and construction
4.4.5.GFRP applications - oil and gas
4.4.6.GFRP applications - transportation interiors
4.4.7.GFRP applications - general automotive
4.4.8.GFRP applications - EV specific
4.5.Natural fibres: bast and mineral
4.5.1.Bast fibres overview
4.5.2.Processing challenges of natural fibres
4.5.3.Continuous flax fibres
4.5.4.Chopped flax fibres
4.5.5.Additional bast fibres
4.5.6.Bast fibres - automotive
4.5.7.Global forecast of bast fibres
4.5.8.Mineral fibre overview
4.5.9.Basalt fibres - introduction
4.5.10.Basalt fibres - key companies and timelines
4.6.Aramid fibres
4.6.1.Aramid fibres - overview and main players
4.6.2.Applications in novel ultralightweight designs
4.6.3.Global forecast of aramid fibres
4.7.Ceramic fibres
4.7.1.Ceramic fibre introduction
4.7.2.Manufacturing continuous SiC fibres
4.7.3.Manufacturing continuous alumina fibres
4.7.4.Ceramic fibre monofilaments
4.7.5.Coating ceramic fibres printing ceramic microfibres
4.7.7.Ceramic fibres in CMC
4.7.8.CMC - main players
4.7.9.CMC applications - introduction
4.7.10.SiC/SiC CMC applications - aerospace and defence
4.7.11.SiC/SiC CMC applications - industrial
4.7.12.Ox/Ox CMC applications - aerospace and defence
4.7.13.Ox/Ox CMC applications - industrial
4.8.Ceramic fibres in MMC
4.8.1.MMC manufacturing - introduction
4.8.2.MMC manufacturing - liquid infiltration
4.8.3.MMC manufacturing - advanced processes
4.8.4.MMC Applications - introduction
4.8.5.Ceramic fibre MMC applications - aerospace and defence
4.8.6.Ceramic fibre MMC applications - space
4.8.7.Ceramic fibre MMC applications - automotive
4.9.Ceramic fibres forecast
4.9.1.Global forecast of continuous SiC Fibres
4.9.2.Global forecast of continuous ceramic fibre
4.10.Polymer fibres
4.10.1.Introduction to polymer fibres
4.10.2.Polymer fibres - UHMwPE
4.10.3.Self reinforced polymers - introduction
4.10.4.Self reinforced polymers - main players
4.10.5.Global forecast of polymer fibres
4.11.Boron Fibre
4.11.1.Boron fibres - introduction
4.11.2.Boron fibres - laser chemical vapour deposition
5.1.Hybrid parts - introduction
5.2.Fibre combination - introduction
5.3.Fibre combination - natural and carbon
5.4.Hybrid parts - fibre metal laminates
5.5.Core materials - overview and market forecast
5.6.Core materials - honeycomb: main players and SWOT analysis
5.7.Core materials - honeycomb: key innovations
5.8.Core materials - honeycomb: capacity expansions
5.9.Core materials - foams: main players and SWOT analysis
5.10.Core materials - foam: key innovations
5.11.Core materials - foam: ROHACELL
5.12.Core materials - resin infused
5.13.Core materials - hybrid materials and folded cores
5.14.Hybrid multi-material part - polymer overmolding
5.15.Hybrid multi-material part - metal overmolding
5.16.Hybrid multi-material part - manufacturing process
5.17.Composite - metal hybrid part: introduction
5.18.Composite surfaces - barrier and skin coat analysis
5.19.Composite surfaces - innovation for surface modifications
5.20.Composite adhesives - overview and new directions
5.21.Adhesion-free joining: laser technology
5.22.Adhesion-free joining: chemical processing
5.23.Composite - ceramic hybrid part
6.2.Structural health monitoring
6.3.Embedded sensors
6.4.Electrical conductivity
6.5.Energy harvesting and storage
6.6.Self healing polymer
6.7.Self healing ceramic
7.1.Global forecast
7.2.Global application forecast
7.3.Carbon Fibre forecast
7.4.Glass fibre forecast
7.5.Polymer fibre forecast
7.6.Aramid fibre forecast
7.7.SiC fibre forecast
7.8.Ceramic fibre forecast
7.9.Natural fibre forecast
8.1.Acellent Technologies
8.2.Advanced Carbon Products
8.3.Alan Harper Composites
8.6.COI Ceramics Inc.
8.7.Composite Braiding
8.8.Composites Horizons
8.9.ELG Carbon Fibre
8.11.Free Form Fibers
8.13.MEC Company
8.15.Oxford Advanced Surfaces
8.16.SHD Composites
8.17.Specialty Materials
8.18.TISICS Ltd

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