Global reinforced plastics market has seen an overall steady growth in fiber demand since the global economic recession in 2009 and is expected to witness continuous growth over the next seven years. The demand forecast for carbon fiber is expected to dominate the fiber and composites market in automobile industry. Carbon fibers have been further categorized into thermosetting and thermoplastic CFRP. Aerospace & military was the major application segment of CFRP and is expected to witness a significant growth in the forecast period owing to light weight, high durability and improved resistance to temperature & chemicals. The product also finds application in sports & leisure wind turbine, and automotive. Surging automobiles demand and increasing disposable income is expected to drive reinforced plastics market growth over the forecast period. Rapid urbanization and improving infrastructure in emerging nations including India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Brazil are also expected to steer expansion of global production capacities. Reinforced plastics production has witnessed a significant growth in U.S. and Japan owing to the availability of superior technology and abundant availability of resources.
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Carbon composites as well as carbon fibers have witnessed a similar market growth in aerospace & defense and wind turbine segments owing to their versatility and high durability. Aerospace & military sectors involve high costs in manufacturing versatile range of products owing to the stringent material inspection and quality standards. Increasing global plastics demand is expected to outmatch the production capacities throughput currently. This provides an opportunity for R&D initiatives to develop cost effective technologies for the production of high performance polymers. Europe reinforced plastics market have witnessed an increased consumption in the automotive, aerospace and wind turbine segment owing to high durability and superior performance of finished products. North America is relatively mature market and is estimated to project stagnant demand over the forecast period owing to stringent regulatory scenario regarding plastics use and disposal. Increasing population and significant support from regional governments particularly in India, China, Thailand and Malaysia is anticipated to bolster industry expansion in Asia Pacific. Rapid expansion in automotive and construction sectors in Asia Pacific is expected to foster the reinforced plastics demand in the region.
Mergers and acquisitions by major industry players are expected to drive the monetization of future plastics development projects. Major companies operating in the industry include Toray International Inc., Future Pipe Industries Group, Hexcel, Zoltek Inc., Cytec, Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Future Pipe Industries, Toho Tenax and SGL Carbon SE.
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