Global fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) rebars market has witnessed significant growth on account of increasing hard infrastructure construction in emerging markets of Asia Pacific and Latin America. FRP rebars are comprised of reinforcement fibers and polymer resin matrix mix. Glass, as a component, serves to boost tensile strength whereas surrounding fibers provide increased durability, resistance to buckling and corrosion. These advantages are expected to boost application of FRP rebars in electrical isolation and water treatment plants, leading to global market growth. Increasing raw material and metal processing costs are expected to further boost global FRP rebar demand as a substitute to steel rebar for application in construction of roads, bridges and other buildings.
Greater productivity, efficiency and selective application in construction are major factors driving global FRP rebars market growth. FRP rebars also offer higher tensile strength and are lightweight in nature thereby increasing global market demand. Non-magnetic properties and great fatigue endurance are also expected to contribute to the development of FRP rebars market. Increased global construction spending and rising acceptance of FRP rebars for reinforcement purposes are also anticipated to drive the global market growth. FRP rebars also bond easily with concrete irrespective of pH, moisture and other external factors. Advanced thermal compatibility also offers zero stress while responding to temperature changes, which is expected to have a positive influence on global FRP rebars market over the forecast period. Additional advantages of FRP rebars include excellent quality control with reduced transportation costs which is slated to favor its demand.
FRP rebars market can be segmented on the basis of application into water treatment plants, roads, bridges & tunnels, marine structure & water fronts, MRI rooms, electrical isolation and others (aerospace, bulletproof vests, wind mill blades). Roads, bridges and tunnels segment witnessed the highest growth and is expected to dominate the construction market over the forecast period. On the basis of product type, FRP rebars can be classified into GFRP (Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic) and BFRP (Basalt Fiber Reinforced Plastic) rebars. GFRP rebars segment is significantly larger than BFRP, with high demand on account of greater raw material availability. BRFP is comparatively a recently developed material and has remained dormant on account of research and raw material non-availability. However, BRFP segment offers maximum opportunities for growth in global market on account of rising applications in various industries.
Few constraints such as higher initial capital requirements, limited professional experience with raw materials and inadequate data regarding long-term field performance are expected to hamper global FRP rebars market growth. Unlike conventional materials, FRP rebars do not yet possess standard codes or specifications regarding their application, which is also likely to impede global market growth.
Major geographical regions dominating the FRP rebars market include North America with highest application in roads, bridges and tunnels along with electrical isolation. U.S. and Canada generate moderate to high demand for FRP rebars in marine and water front structural applications. Middle East is expected to be the fastest growing FRP rebars market on account of increasing construction and infrastructure projects in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE. European countries such as UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Italy also generate moderate demand in construction applications particularly public infrastructure. Increasing acceptance and corresponding demand from Asia Pacific countries such as India and China are further expected to boost the global FRP rebars market demand.
Major market players are actively involved in strategic initiatives like M&A and project development to encourage global FRP rebars market. Key industrial participants include FireP International AG, BP Composites Ltd., Pultrall Inc., Schoeck, Pultron Composites, Armastek, Dextra Group, Hughes Brothers and Kodiak Fiberglass Rebar LLC.
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