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Global Carbon Fibers (CF) and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) Market – Industry Trends and Forecast to 2031

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Global Carbon Fibers (CF) and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) Market – Industry Trends and Forecast to 2031

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  • May 2024
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Global Carbon Fibers (CF) and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) Market – Industry Trends and Forecast to 2031

Market Size in USD Billion

CAGR :  % Diagram

Diagram Forecast Period 2023–2031
Diagram Market Size (Base Year) USD 2.10 USD Billion
Diagram Market Size (Forecast Year) USD 5.09 USD Billion
Diagram CAGR %

Major Markets Players

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Global Carbon Fibers (CF) and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) Market, By Source (Virgin CF, and Recycled CF), Carbon Fiber Materials (Polyacrylonitrile Carbon Fibers, Pitch-Based Carbon Fiber, Rayon-Based Carbon Fiber, and Others), Resin Type (Thermosetting CFRP, and Thermoplastic CFRP), Manufacturing Process (Lay-Up, Resin Transfer Molding, Compression Molding, Injection Molding, Filament Winding, and Pultrusion), Application (Floor beams, Ailerons, Vertical stabilizers, Elevators, Wings, Engine nacelles, and Wind Turbines), End-use (Aerospace and Defence, Automotive, Wind Energy, Sporting Goods, Medical, Electronics, and Marine) - Industry Trends and Forecast to 2031.

Carbon Fibers (CF) And Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) Market

Carbon Fibers (CF) And Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) Market Analysis and Size

The carbon fibers (CF) and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) market is experiencing exponential growth, fueled by the latest technological advancements. With increased demand across aerospace, automotive, and sports industries, innovations such as automated manufacturing processes and enhanced resin systems are driving efficiency and performance. This surge in adoption underscores the pivotal role of CF and CFRP in shaping future lightweight, high-strength applications.

The global carbon fibers (CF) and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) market size was valued at USD 2.10 billion in 2023, is projected to reach USD 5.09 billion by 2031, with a CAGR of 11.70% during the forecast period 2024 to 2031. In addition to the insights on market scenarios such as market value, growth rate, segmentation, geographical coverage, and major players, the market reports curated by the Data Bridge Market Research also include in-depth expert analysis, geographically represented company-wise production and capacity, network layouts of distributors and partners, detailed and updated price trend analysis and deficit analysis of supply chain and demand.

Report Scope and Market Segmentation

Report Metric

Details

Forecast Period

2024 to 2031

Base Year

2023

Historic Years

2022 (Customizable to 2016-2021)

Quantitative Units

Revenue in USD Billion, Volumes in Units, Pricing in USD

Segments Covered

Source (Virgin CF, and Recycled CF), Carbon Fiber Materials (Polyacrylonitrile Carbon Fibers, Pitch-Based Carbon Fiber, Rayon-Based Carbon Fiber, and Others), Resin Type (Thermosetting CFRP, and Thermoplastic CFRP), Manufacturing Process (Lay-Up, Resin Transfer Molding, Compression Molding, Injection Molding, Filament Winding, and Pultrusion), Application (Floor beams, Ailerons, Vertical stabilizers, Elevators, Wings, Engine nacelles, and Wind Turbines), End-use (Aerospace and Defence, Automotive, Wind Energy, Sporting Goods, Medical, Electronics, and Marine)

Countries Covered

U.S., Canada and Mexico in North America, Germany, France, U.K., Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Rest of Europe in Europe, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Rest of Asia-Pacific (APAC) in the Asia-Pacific (APAC), Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Rest of Middle East and Africa (MEA) as a part of Middle East and Africa (MEA), Brazil, Argentina and Rest of South America as part of South America.

Market Players Covered

Solvay (Belgium), Hexcel Corporation (U.S.), Gurit Services AG (Switzerland), TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC. (Japan), TEIJIN LIMITED (Japan), SGL Carbon (Germany), Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corporation. (Japan), Formosa Plastics Corporation (Taiwan), HYOSUNG CHEMICAL. (South Korea), Aeron Composite Pvt. Ltd (India), Sigmatex (U.K.), Nippon Graphite Fiber Co., Ltd. (Japan), Crosby Composites (U.K.), and DowAksa ( Turkey)

Market Opportunities

  • Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies
  • Expanding Wind Energy Sector

Market Definition

Carbon fibers (CF) are thin, strong strands primarily composed of carbon atoms. They possess exceptional strength-to-weight ratio and high stiffness, making them ideal for various applications. Carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) combine these fibers with a polymer matrix, enhancing structural integrity and reducing weight in aerospace, automotive, and sporting goods industries. CFRP offers superior performance, durability, and versatility in diverse engineering fields.

Carbon Fibers (CF) and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) Market Dynamics

Drivers

  • Increasing Demand for Light Weight  Materials

The demand for lightweight materials in industries such as aerospace, automotive, and sports equipment is on the rise to improve fuel efficiency and performance. Carbon fibers (CF) and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) are preferred due to their high strength-to-weight ratios. For instance, in automotive, CFRP components including body panels and chassis parts reduce overall vehicle weight, enhancing fuel efficiency and agility, thereby driving the market for CF and CFRP.

  • Rising Demand in Sporting Goods

The sporting goods industry is witnessing a surge in demand for carbon fibers (CF) and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) as athletes and consumers prioritize lighter and stronger equipment. From bicycles to tennis rackets and golf clubs, these materials offer superior performance. For instance, high-end tennis racket manufacturers utilize CFRP to enhance racket stiffness, enabling players to generate more power and control. This rising consumer preference for advanced sporting equipment is driving growth in the CF and CFRP market.

Opportunities

  • Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies

Advancements in manufacturing technologies, such as automated layup and resin infusion methods, are revolutionizing the production of CF and CFRP, lowering costs and enhancing scalability. This opens doors for broader industry adoption. For instance, the automotive sector can now efficiently integrate carbon fiber components into mass-produced vehicles, improving fuel efficiency and performance without exorbitant costs. Similarly, the construction industry can leverage these innovations to incorporate lightweight, durable CFRP structures in infrastructure projects, ensuring longevity and sustainability.

  • Expanding Wind Energy Sector

The expanding wind energy sector presents a significant opportunity for the carbon fiber (CF) and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) market. With increasing global demand for renewable energy, the need for lightweight, durable materials in wind turbine blades grows. This creates substantial opportunities for CF and CFRP manufacturers to cater to the growing wind energy industry, driving growth and innovation in composite materials while supporting the sustainable energy transition.

 Restraints/Challenges

  • Limited Raw Material Availability

Limited availability of raw materials such as polyacrylonitrile (PAN) or petroleum-based precursors poses a significant challenge for the carbon fibers (CF) and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) market. Dependence on petroleum products makes the industry vulnerable to supply chain constraints and price fluctuations, hindering market stability and growth.

  • High Production Costs

High production costs of carbon fibers hinder the CFRP market. Energy-intensive processes and specialized equipment contribute to the expense, raising overall CFRP product costs. This financial barrier limits market growth and adoption across industries, impeding the widespread use of CFRP materials despite their advantageous properties.

This market report provides details of new recent developments, trade regulations, import-export analysis, production analysis, value chain optimization, market share, impact of domestic and localized market players, analyses opportunities in terms of emerging revenue pockets, changes in market regulations, strategic market growth analysis, market size, category market growths, application niches and dominance, product approvals, product launches, geographic expansions, technological innovations in the market. To gain more info on the market contact Data Bridge Market Research for an Analyst Brief, our team will help you take an informed market decision to achieve market growth.

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Recent Development

  • In September 2022, Solvay introduced 'LTM 350', a carbon fiber epoxy prepreg tooling material, aiming to slash costs for industrial, automotive, aerospace, and race car sectors with reinforced carbon fiber
  • In June 2022, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation acquired c-m-p GmbH, enhancing its position in the carbon fiber composite market, offering innovative solutions leveraging group expertise
  • In May 2021, Braskem S.A. partnered with Vartega Inc. to launch CF-PP filament for 3D printing, promoting a recycling program for lightweight, robust parts in aerospace, automotive, and sports equipment
  • In December 2020, Mitsubishi Chemicals Corp. inaugurated the CFRTP Pilot Facility in Fukui Prefecture, facilitating highly efficient CFRTP production with minimal void content
  • In May 2020, Toray Industries, Inc. developed high tensile modulus carbon fiber and thermoplastic pellets for injection molding, promising rapid, environmentally friendly production of intricate, lightweight parts, potentially enhancing cost performance

Carbon Fibers (CF) and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) Market Scope

The market is segmented on the basis of source, carbon fiber materials, resin type, manufacturing process, application, and end-use. The growth amongst these segments will help you analyse meagre growth segments in the industries and provide the users with a valuable market overview and market insights to help them make strategic decisions for identifying core market applications.

Source

  • Virgin CF
  • Recycled CF

 Carbon Fiber Materials

  • Polyacrylonitrile Carbon Fibers
  • Pitch-Based Carbon Fiber
  • Rayon-Based Carbon Fiber
  • Others

Resin Type

  • Thermosetting CFRP
  • Thermoplastic CFRP

 Manufacturing Process

  • Lay-Up
  • Resin Transfer Molding
  • Compression Molding
  • Injection Molding
  • Filament Winding
  • Pultrusion

 Application

  • Floor beams
  • Ailerons
  • Vertical stabilizers
  • Elevators
  • Wings
  • Engine Nacelles
  • Wind Turbines

 End-use

  • Aerospace and Defence
  • Automotive
  • Wind Energy
  • Sporting Goods
  • Medical
  • Electronics
  • Marine

Carbon Fibers (CF) and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) Market Regional Analysis/Insights

The market is analysed and market size insights and trends are provided by source, carbon fiber materials, resin type, manufacturing process, application, and end-use as referenced above.

The countries covered in the market report are U.S., Canada and Mexico in North America, Germany, France, U.K., Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Rest of Europe in Europe, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Rest of Asia-Pacific (APAC) in the Asia-Pacific (APAC), Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Rest of Middle East and Africa (MEA) as a part of Middle East and Africa (MEA), Brazil, Argentina and Rest of South America as part of South America.

North America is expected to dominate the carbon fibers (CF) and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) market is anticipated, fueled by increased foreign direct investment driving economic growth. Moreover, advancements in the aerospace and defense sector will amplify market expansion in the region throughout the forecast period.

Europe is expected for substantial growth in the carbon fibers (CF) and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) market, driven by demand surges in aerospace, defense, wind energy, and automotive sectors. The region's concentration of major industry players will further accelerate market expansion in the foreseeable future.

The country section of the report also provides individual market impacting factors and changes in regulation in the market domestically that impacts the current and future trends of the market. Data points such as down-stream and upstream value chain analysis, technical trends and porter's five forces analysis, case studies are some of the pointers used to forecast the market scenario for individual countries. Also, the presence and availability of global brands and their challenges faced due to large or scarce competition from local and domestic brands, impact of domestic tariffs and trade routes are considered while providing forecast analysis of the country data.   

Competitive Landscape and Carbon Fibers (CF) and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) Market Share Analysis

The market competitive landscape provides details by competitor. Details included are company overview, company financials, revenue generated, market potential, investment in research and development, new market initiatives, global presence, production sites and facilities, production capacities, company strengths and weaknesses, product launch, product width and breadth, application dominance. The above data points provided are only related to the companies' focus related to market.

Some of the major players operating in the market are:

  • Solvay (Belgium)
  •  Hexcel Corporation (U.S.)
  •  Gurit Services AG (Switzerland)
  •  TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC. (Japan)
  •  TEIJIN LIMITED (Japan)
  •  SGL Carbon (Germany)
  •  Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corporation (Japan)
  •  Formosa Plastics Corporation (Taiwan)
  •  HYOSUNG CHEMICAL. (South Korea)
  •  Aeron Composite Pvt. Ltd (India)
  •  Sigmatex (U.K.)
  • Nippon Graphite Fiber Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  •  Crosby Composites (U.K.)
  •  DowAksa ( Turkey)


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Rising Demand in Sporting Goods and Increasing Demand for Light Weight Materials are the growth drivers of the carbon fibers (CF) and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) market.
The major companies in the carbon fibers (CF) and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) market are Solvay (Belgium), Hexcel Corporation (U.S.), Gurit Services AG (Switzerland), TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC. (Japan), TEIJIN LIMITED (Japan), SGL Carbon (Germany), Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corporation. (Japan), Formosa Plastics Corporation (Taiwan), HYOSUNG CHEMICAL. (South Korea), Aeron Composite Pvt. Ltd (India), Sigmatex (U.K.), Nippon Graphite Fiber Co., Ltd. (Japan), Crosby Composites (U.K.), and DowAksa ( Turkey).
The source, carbon fiber materials, resin type, manufacturing process, application, and end-use are the factors on which the carbon fibers (CF) and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) market research is based.
The carbon fibers (CF) and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) market size will be worth USD 5.09 billion by 2031.
The carbon fibers (CF) and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) market growth rate will be 11.70% by 2031.
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