Thermoplastic Composites Market Overview
Composites Market size is expected to be valued at $22.4 billion by the end of
the year 2026 and is set to grow at a
CAGR of 7.2% during the forecast period from 2021-2026. Thermoplastic composites
are seeing a surge in the demand from the automobile sector, since various types
of thermoplastic composites such as polyamide and polybutylene
terephthalate are used in automotive components. Thermoplastic composites are extensively used
in the door, walls & ceiling panels of cars and trucks, in other plastic
components of the car such as armrest components, setback assemblies,
dashboard, and luggage racks on top and display housings in the front interior
of a car. The increase in investments from the aerospace and defense industry
is also highly driving the thermoplastic components market.
Covid-19 pandemic, the thermoplastic composites market incurred major losses
due to various restrictions laid in light of the pandemic. The covid-19
pandemic has led to the forceful shutdown of various industries like the automotive
industry, wind turbine manufacturing, aircraft manufacturing, and other such
related industries which drastically reduced the demand for thermoplastic
composites across the world. The covid-19 pandemic has affected the
thermoplastic composites market in various aspects such as demand, production
and any other trends that were starting to impact the thermoplastic composites
market. The thermoplastic composites market is however set to improve towards
the end of the year 2021.
report: “Thermoplastic Composites Market
– Forecast (2021-2026)”, by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the
following segments of the Thermoplastic Composites Industry.
- Asia-Pacific market held the largest share in the thermoplastic composites market owing to the growth of key-use industries such as automobile industry and electronic industry in countries like China, India and Japan.
- The development and innovation in electronics industry is driving the thermoplastic composites demand.
- The increase in investment from the defense and aerospace industry is also contributing to the growth of the thermoplastic components market.
- During the Covid-19 pandemic, the thermoplastic composites market took a serious hit owing to the many economic restrictions, which lead to the downfall of the market. It is however set to improve by the year ending 2021.
FIGURE: Thermoplastic Composites Market Revenue, 2020-2026 (US$ Billion)
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Thermoplastic Composites Market Segment Analysis – By Fiber Type
The glass segment
held the largest share of 39% in the thermoplastic composites market in the
year 2020. Thermoplastic composites have extensive applications in various
products like plastics such as polyamide,
polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and others. Glass fibers
have the ability to be processed with any resin, which is one of the huge
factors driving the glass segment in the thermoplastic composites market. Glass
fibers are used in various key-use industries such as consumer goods,
electronics, wind-energy, construction and transportation. Glass fibers are
extensively used in the production of wind turbines. The worldwide wind
capacity reached 744 gigawatts in the year 2020, an increase of 93 gigawatts in
a single year from the year 2019. This is hugely driving the glass fiber
segment in the thermoplastic composites market.
Thermoplastic Composites Market Segment Analysis – By Resin
Polypropylene segment held the largest share of 36% in the thermoplastic composites market in the year 2020. Polypropylene witnesses an extensive range of application in various industries and equipment such as packaging industry, consumer products, electronic devices, automobile industry and also in textile industry. The growth of such key-use industries is contributing to the growth and increase in demand of polypropylene. For instance, the demand for packaging in the United States was valued at US$ 20.7 billion in the year 2019 according to Clearlam Engineered Packaging Solutions, which is eventually driving the polypropylene resin in the thermoplastic composites market.
Thermoplastic Composites Market Segment Analysis – By Product Type
segment held the largest share of 40% in the thermoplastic composites market in
the year 2020. Short fiber thermoplastic
is extensively used in consumer good, electronic devices and automobiles majorly
for the fact that it is affordable and economical. It has high demand from
end-use industries such as aerospace & defense. It has various advantages such
as stiffness, increased strength, durability, light weight, heat resistance,
low temperature performance and fatigue endurance, which is highly driving the
long fiber segment in the thermoplastic composites market.
Thermoplastic Composites Market Segment Analysis – By End-Use
The defense industry held the largest share of 35% in the thermoplastic composites market
in the year 2020. The increase in
investments and other research activities by the defense industry is driving
the thermoplastic composites market. According to The World Bank, the global
military expenditure as a percentage of GDP was valued at 2.206% in the year
2019, as compared to the percentage of 2.172% in the year 2018. This increase
in military expenditure is driving the demand for the thermoplastic composites
market. Furthermore, the increase in research and development activities in the
defense industry in various countries is also fuelling the growth of the thermoplastic composites market. For instance, the South Korean government is
planning to spend US $ 3.9 billion on defense research and development in the
year 2021, as announced by South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense in
the year 2020. This is hugely driving the thermoplastic composites market since
it is extensively used in various prototypes and model equipment & tools
and for various other research purposes.
Thermoplastic Composites Market Segment Analysis – By Geography
Asia-Pacific region held the largest share of 42% in the thermoplastic composites market in the year 2020. The increase in the investments from the defense industries from countries like India, China and South Korea is hugely driving the thermoplastic composites market. For instance, the total GDP spent by Indian government on the defense industry is 2.3% of the nation’s GDP. During the 2020 Union budget, the Indian government reserved a budget of US $ 64.4 billion for defense activities and also witnessed an export of US $ 780 million from the defense industry during the time period of March 2020 to December 2020. This is highly driving the demand for the thermoplastic composites materials market in the region.
Thermoplastic Composites Market Drivers
Increasing investment from the defence industry
Thermoplastic composites are widely used in the defense industry for various applications and equipment such as safety equipment, aircraft structures, solider hats, boots etc. Composite materials helps in facilitating the overall weight reduction of the aircraft which makes the thermoplastic composite materials a huge sought after raw material in the production of raw materials. The increase in the investments from defence industries is one of the huge factors driving the thermoplastic composites market. For instance, the US defence department spent US $ 107 billion in new technology research of which it also includes research on composite materials. This is hugely driving the thermoplastic composites market.
Rising demand from automobile industry
composites are widely used in the automobile industry due to the various
advantages and properties provided by the thermoplastic composites. It provides
superior structural properties for performance vehicles, lightweight vehicles,
enabling next generation electric vehicles etc. For instance the global sales
of electric vehicles stood at 324 million in the year 2020 which is a 43.3%
increase from the previous year of 226 million. This is further driving the
thermoplastic composites market, as it is extensively used in the production of
electric vehicles in interior and exterior parts of the vehicle.
Thermoplastic Composites Market Challenges
High initial cost for raw materials and set up
The initial cost for a set of raw material for thermoplastic composites is more expensive than its close substitute thermosets, which makes it a costlier product that is not preferred first. The cost of setting up tools is also higher as it requires metal tooling for thermoplastic parts. Whereas aluminum tools do not involve high costs and therefore it helps in reducing lead time and save cost, which makes it a close and preferred substitute for thermoplastic components. This is one of the biggest challenges faced by the thermoplastic composites market.
Thermoplastic Composites Market Industry Landscape
Expansions, new product launches, collaborations, investments, acquisitions and mergers are some of the key strategies adopted by players in the Thermoplastic Composites Market. Major players in the Thermoplastic Composites Market include:
- Toray Industries Inc.
- BASF SE
- Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials
- Polyone Corporation
- SGL Group
- Celenase Corporation
- SABIC among others.
In March 2021, Composites one acquired Solvay process materials, and rebranded it as Aerovac which will be the primary supply and manufacture of composite business.
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