Global Carbon Fiber (CF) Production to Reach 80,000 Tons in 2016; US and Japan to Remain Largest Carbon Fiber Supply Regions
The report “Carbon Fiber Market by Types, Applications, Trends & Global Forecasts (2011 – 2016)”, as the name suggests, defines and segments the global carbon fiber market with detailed analysis and forecasts of market size based on various sub-markets by CF types, its applications, and geography. It also identifies driving and restraining factors for the market with analysis of trends, opportunities, and challenges. The market is segmented and forecasted on the basis of major geographies such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (ROW).
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Superior properties of carbon fiber such as high strength, high stiffness, low density, non-corrosiveness; electrical conductivity, and chemical inertness make it an ideal material in the plethora of applications such as aerospace, military, automotive, wind energy, sporting goods, and industrial applications. The factors leading to increased interest in the carbon fiber market include demand for more fuel efficient vehicles, structural & performance advantages, continuous emergence of novel applications, and increased demand from emerging economies. However, the market’s potential is somewhat hindered by high price of the carbon fiber, insufficient production capacity, processing difficulties, and lack of automation. In spite of this, there is a huge opportunity for existing & new carbon fiber producers.
Currently, almost 90% of the carbon fiber that is used is PAN-based, whereas pitch-based carbon fiber is used only in specialty applications. The global carbon fiber market is expected to grow from $1,701.9 million in 2010 to $2,515.4 million by 2016 at a CAGR of 5.9%. Asia-Pacific accounted for the highest share in the carbon fiber market and is expected to reach $938.9 million in 2016 at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2011 to 2016. North America is the second largest market and expected to grow with CAGR of 5.9% to reach $857 million in 2016. The market shares of various geographies for the period are Asia-Pacific (36.2%), North America (34%), Europe (25.8%), and ROW (3.88%).
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In 2010, most of the carbon fiber production (47%) was used by the aerospace sector. Falling in the second place was the other industrial applications sector with a 29.5% market share. The remaining three sectors; namely sporting goods, wind energy and automotive, which utilized 11.8%, 8.8% and 2.6% respectively. The report also includes the breakdown of these applications into various geographies and even further into different regions in these geographies.
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