Composite Materials Aluminum Alloys Aerospace Market - Forecast(2024 - 2030)

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The Composite Materials Aluminum Alloys Aerospace market size is forecast to reach USD 53 billion by 2030, after growing at a CAGR of 11.34% during 2024-2030. Composite materials and aluminum alloys have long played critical roles in the aerospace industry, each with its own set of benefits. Aluminum alloys, known for their high strength-to-weight ratio, have long been used in aircraft manufacture. They offer structural integrity and longevity, making them an excellent choice for components such as airframes and wings. However, to improve fuel efficiency and minimize emissions, the aerospace industry is increasingly turning to composite materials.

Report Coverage

The report “Composite Materials Aluminum Alloys Aerospace Market– Forecast (2024-2030)”, by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments of the Composite Materials Aluminum Alloys Aerospace market.

By Product: Aramid Fiber Composite Materials, Carbon Fiber Composite Materials, Glass Fiber Composite Materials, Other Products

By Aircraft Type: Rotary Wing, Fixed Wing, Other Aircraft Types 

By Type: Steel Alloys, Titanium Alloys, Aluminum Alloys, Composites

By Application: Helicopters, Business and General Aviation, Commercial Aircraft, Military Aircraft, Other Applications.

By Geography:  North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa

Key Takeaways

Commercial helicopters are employed in a variety of applications, including tourism, medical and emergency rescue, transportation, law enforcement, and offshore helicopter services. Furthermore, due to its applications such as attack, enemy air defense suppression, airlift of soldiers and freight resupply, firefighting, reconnaissance and observing, surveillance, scouting, heavy-lift, and other special operations, military helicopters are in high demand.

During the projected period, Asia-Pacific is expected to have the largest growth in the helicopter blades market. The increased use of helicopters for different commercial and military purposes such as aerial firefighting, photography from above, search and rescue, crew transport, surveillance, and others is driving the expansion. According to Airbus, a prominent supplier of rotorcraft in the area, over 2,000 Airbus helicopters operate in the region. In this regard, the regional helicopter fleet was 4,193 units as of the end of 2022.

Ongoing advancements in aerospace technology drive the development of more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft. Composite materials, including those incorporating aluminum alloys, are integral to these technological innovations. For Instance, In November 2020, to enhance the 3D printing of aerospace composites, researchers at the Russian National University of Science and Technology (NUST) MISIS developed a nanocarbon additive for aluminum powder made from used oil.

By Product Type - Segment Analysis

Aramid Fiber Composite Materials dominated the Composite Materials Aluminum Alloys Aerospace market with a market share of 35% in 2023. Aramid fiber is also known as "super fiber" or "golden silk" due to its weighing just 20% of steel, it is over five times as durable and does not burn, even at 500°C. Aramid fiber is a crucial material used in various applications such as aerospace materials. Aramid fibers, such as carbon fiber, have a low weight-to-strength ratio, which adds to the composite materials' overall lightweight nature. In the aerospace industry, where weight reduction of aircraft components is critical for fuel efficiency and performance, this is very beneficial. For instance, in 2020, The Chinese Academy of Sciences and Yantai Tayho Advanced Materials Co., Ltd. partnered to develop novel, high-performance aramid fibers for the aerospace sector. The goal of the partnership was to make aramid fibers stronger and more resilient for use in high-strength, lightweight aircraft applications.

Aircraft Type - Segment Analysis

Aircraft type dominated the Composite Materials Aluminum Alloys Aerospace market with a market share of 40% in 2023. The changing nature of warfare, as well as the need for tactical mobility, has raised the demand for helicopters. The ongoing helicopter developments can be viewed as a positive step forward in the development of military helicopters. A military helicopter is a tactical vehicle that has improved significantly over time and has shown to be helpful on the battlefield.

In addition, the necessity to replace outdated helicopters has fueled demand for newer-generation helicopters. For example, Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, signed a five-year contract with the US Army Contracting Command in August 2021 to maintain and overhaul the main rotor blade of Black Hawk helicopters for the US Army. The contract was for USD$116.5 million. Increased orders will drive up demand for helicopter parts and components, such as main and tail rotor blades.

Material Type - Segment Analysis

Aluminum Alloys account for the largest with a market share of 40% in the Composite Materials Aluminum Alloys Aerospace market in 2023. Aluminum is now used in aircraft due to the combination of multiple alloy constituents. For example, when a high strength-to-weight ratio is required and the alloy must be tough yet workable, it is coupled with copper or zinc, which is the most frequent alloy used in aerospace today. Given the tension that these sections must withstand, these alloys are commonly found in the wingspans and fuselage. Aluminum alloys are traditional, whereas composite materials are a relative newcomer. Both have advantages, but aluminum, as the bigger brother, has a far more established edge. Aluminum alloys are less expensive due to the established production and pricing process, whereas composite material is susceptible to damage from ultraviolet rays, although aluminum alloys are not.

Geography - Segment Analysis

The North America Composite Materials Aluminum Alloys Aerospace market dominated the market with a market share of 35% in 2023. The availability of trained labor as well as the presence of well-established aircraft manufacturing businesses such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and United Technologies Corp. are driving up demand for aerospace composites in North America.  Composites have several advantages, including flexibility, lightweight, durability, and corrosion resistance. According to the American Composites Manufacturers Association, the composites industry provides $22.2 billion to the US economy each year, and the end-product market for composites is expected to reach $113 billion by 2022, hence assisting market growth.

Drivers – Composite Materials Aluminum Alloys Aerospace Market

Growing Demand for Lightweight Materials

Since aluminium alloys have special qualities including low density, high strength, resistance to corrosion, and excellent thermal conductivity, they are utilized extensively in many sectors, including the aircraft industry. In aerospace applications, aluminium alloys are essential because they assist in reducing the total weight of the aircraft, which enhances operational performance and fuel economy. Aluminium alloys weigh around one-third less than carbon and stainless steel. The market for aerospace composites is expected to rise rapidly during the forecast period 2024-2030 as demand for lightweight aircraft rises rapidly in developing economies. Lightweight, durable, and chemical and temperature-tolerant are the composites used in aircraft. Since aircraft weight has directly affected driving dynamics and fuel consumption, the aerospace industry has concentrated on aircraft weight for decades. Helicopter blades are manufactured from composite materials, which makes them much thinner. The market's growth is expected to be driven by the production of composite materials that reduce the aircraft's detection rate and weight.

Growing Demand from the Aeronautics and Space Industries 

The Aluminium Association states that for military aircraft as well as commercial aircraft, aluminium alloys are the material of choice. Furthermore, aluminium is necessary for space exploration in NASA spacecraft, space shuttles, and the International Space Station.

As the demand for air travel continues to grow globally, aircraft manufacturers experience increased demand for new airplanes. This, in turn, boosts the demand for advanced materials, including composite materials and aluminium alloys, which are crucial for constructing lightweight and fuel-efficient aircraft. For instance, On October 12, 2023, Novelis, a global leader in aluminum rolling and recycling and a top supplier of sustainable aluminum solutions, announced that it had extended its agreement with Airbus. This agreement strengthens Novelis's long-standing relationship with Airbus and highlights the company's leadership position in supplying cutting-edge aluminum products and services to the commercial aircraft sector.

On October 29, 2023, one of the world's strongest carbon fibers, TORAYCATM T1200, was developed by Toray Industries, Inc. and measures 1,160 kilopounds per square inch (Ksi). By making carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic products lighter, this innovative product will help to minimize environmental impact. Additionally, for strength-driven applications, this fiber brings a new performance horizon. Aerostructures, defense, alternative energy, and consumer goods are just a few of its potential applications.

Challenges – Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace Market

High Cost of Carbon Fiber Composite Materials

The cost constraints associated with composite materials and aluminum alloys in the aerospace market pose significant challenges to their widespread adoption. While these materials offer advanced properties such as lightweight characteristics, strength, and fuel efficiency, their production and implementation often come with higher costs compared to traditional materials. The initial investment in manufacturing facilities capable of handling composite materials, especially those integrated with aluminum alloys, can be substantial. The specialized equipment and expertise required for manufacturing further contribute to elevated production expenses. As a result, the overall cost of producing aircraft components using composite materials tends to be higher than that of conventional materials like aluminum.

For the manufacturing of carbon fiber, the PAN raw silk costs between $3 and $6 per kilogram. Nevertheless, aviation-grade carbon fiber can reach $113 per kilogram after pre-oxidation, low-temperature carbonization, high-temperature carbonization, surface treatment, and sizing. On the one hand, the energy-intensive process of converting PAN raw yarns into carbon fibers invariably involves high-temperature heat treatment, which is the primary cause of the substantial rise in carbon fiber costs.

Market Landscape

Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace market. In 2023, the Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace market share has been consolidated by the major players accounting for 64.66% of the share. Major players in the Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace market are Alcoa Corporation, Novelis Inc., Toray Industries Inc., Mitsubishi Chemical Group, and Teijin Limited among others.


Ø  In June 2023, In Lafayette, Indiana, Alcoa formally opened one of the biggest aluminum-lithium factories in the world. There, it will manufacture cutting-edge, third-generation aluminum-lithium alloys for the aerospace sector. These ingots are almost 50% bigger than those produced by their closest rival and are substantial enough to be used for any single-piece component found in modern aircraft.

Ø  In January 2023, with a focus on the TBM and Kodiak aircraft, Constellium signed a multi-year deal with Daher to supply a variety of flat-rolled aluminum components. Constellium now serves Daher as a critical supplier of aluminum and broadens its customer base to include business and regional jets.

Ø  In June 2022, Sikorsky has granted Hexcel Corporation a long-term contract to supply cutting-edge composite structures for the CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter. The aircraft's Hexcel composite content has been greatly expanded by this grant.

1. Global Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace Market- Market Overview
    1.1 Definitions and Scope
2. Global Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace Market- Executive Summary
3. Global Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace Market- Landscape
    3.1 Comparative analysis 
    3.1.1 Market Share Analysis- Top Companies
    3.1.2 Product Benchmarking- Top Companies
    3.1.3 Top 5 Financials Analysis
    3.1.4 Patent Analysis- Top Companies
    3.1.5 Pricing Analysis
4. Global Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace Market - Startup companies Scenario Premium Premium  
4.1 Top Startup Company Analysis by
4.1.1 Investment
4.1.2 Revenue
4.1.3 Market Shares
4.1.4 Market Size and Application Analysis
4.1.5 Venture Capital and Funding Scenario
5. Global Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace Market– Industry Market Entry Scenario Premium Premium  
5.1 Regulatory Framework Overview
5.2 New Business and Ease of Doing Business Index
5.3 Case studies of successful ventures
5.4 Customer Analysis - Top companies
6. Global Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace Market- Market Forces
6.1 Market Drivers
6.2 Market Constraints
6.3 Market Opportunities
6.4 Porters five force model
6.4.1. Bargaining power of suppliers
6.4.2. Bargaining powers of customers
6.4.3. Threat of new entrants
6.4.4. Rivalry among existing players
6.4.5. Threat of substitutes 
7. Global Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace Market-By Type
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Steel Alloys
7.3 Titanium Alloys
7.4 Aluminium Alloys
7.5 Composites
8. Global Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace Market-By Application
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Helicopters
8.3 Business And General Aviation
8.4 Commercial Aircraft
8.5 Military Aircraft
8.6 Other Applications
9. Global Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace Market-By Geography
9.1 Introduction
9.2 North America
9.2.1 US
9.2.2 Canada
9.2.3 Mexico
9.3 Europe
9.3.1 Germany
9.3.2 UK
9.3.3 Italy
9.3.4 France
9.3.5 Spain
9.3.6 Rest of Europe
9.4 Asia Pacific
9.4.1 Japan
9.4.2 China
9.4.3 India
9.4.4 Australia
9.4.5 New Zealand
9.4.6 South Korea
9.4.7 Rest of Asia Pacific
9.5 South America
9.5.1 Argentina
9.5.2 Brazil
9.5.3 Chile
9.5.4 Rest of South America
9.6 Middle East & Africa
9.6.1 Saudi Arabia
9.6.2 UAE
9.6.3 Qatar
9.6.4 South Africa
9.6.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa
10. Global Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace Market-Entropy
10.1. New Product Launches
10.2. M&A’s, Collaborations, JVs and Partnerships
11. Global Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace Market Premium
11.1. Market Share by Country- Top companies
11.2. Market Share by Region- Top companies
11.3. Market Share by type of Product / Product category- Top companies
11.4. Market Share at global level- Top companies
11.5. Best Practices for companies
12. Global Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace Market - List of Key Companies by Country Premium  
13. Global Composite Materials Aluminium Alloys Aerospace Market Company Analysis 
    13.1 Market Share, Company Revenue, Products, M&A, Developments
    13.2 AMG Advanced Metallurgical
13.4 Hexcel
13.5 Kobe Steel Ltd.
13.6 Materion
13.7 Mitsubishi Rayon
13.8 Novelis Inc.
13.9 Owens Corning
13.10 Renegade Materials
13.11 Royal Ten Cate
13.12 SGL Group
13.13 Solvay S.A.
13.14 Teijin Limited
13.15 Toray Industries Inc