06 March 2012
06 March 2012
The Carbon Fibre Industry Worldwide 2011-2020: An Evaluation of Current Markets and Future Supply and Demand, written by Tony Roberts, a leading expert on the carbon fibre industry, is a new market report on the rapidly growing carbon fibre industry and its global markets.
The 413-page report forecasts that global demand for carbon fibre will grow from 46,000 tonnes in 2011 to 140,000 tonnes by 2020. It suggests that plant capacity increases already announced by carbon fibre manufacturers will result in nameplate capacity being increased from 102,000 tonnes in 2011 to 129,000 tonnes in 2015, with the potential for further growth to 185,000 tonnes by 2020.
Supply and demand forecasts to 2020 are provided through comprehensive statistical data (the report contains over 270 tables) backed by analysis of likely trends for both carbon fibre and carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRPs).
The report states that the current global demand for carbon fibre by application is: aerospace 17%, industrial (including wind energy and automotive) 67%, and sports goods 16%. By 2020, the two major industrial applications – wind energy and automotive – will account for 46% of the world's total demand for carbon fibre. The wind energy market is set to increase from 10,440 tonnes of carbon fibre in 2011 to 54,270 tonnes by 2020. Carbon fibre demand (buy weight) in the aerospace/defence sector is forecast to grow from 7,694 tonnes in 2011 to 18,462 tonnes by 2020.
The report claims that by 2020, Japan will produce 25% of the world's carbon fibre, USA 28%, Europe 28%, China 9% and the Rest of the World 10%.All of the world's major carbon fibre manufacturers are featured in the report, along with new players entering the business, with information given on plant capacities, production outputs, future expansion plans, product ranges and full financial results. The author explains that he has spent several years studying the carbon fibre industry in China, and the role that China will play in the next decade is fully assessed in the report.
According to Roberts, highlights of the report include:
The report is available in both electronic and printed paper formats and is now available directly from http://www.netcomposites.com/OnlineShop.aspx/The_Carbon_Fibre_Industry_Worldwide_2011-2020.
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