04 June 2013
04 June 2013
Composite Insights says it has analysed opportunities for composites in the global marine-composites industry, where demand is set to grow 5.8% per year between 2013 and 2018.
Forecasts suggest the construction of larger boats will lead to an increase in the use of composite materials. However, smaller boats are expected to drive the demand for composite materials worldwide. Asia and the Rest of the World (ROW) expect to provide future growth opportunities for the global marine-composites industry, although the boat-building industry is well behind North America and Europe.
Composite Insights, a global-custom and syndicated-researchfirm, is presenting the results of its market analysis on the global marine-composites industry in “Global Marine Composites Industry 2013-2018: Trend and Forecast Analysis”.
Historically, chopped-strand mat and woven rovings have been the reinforcements of choice for building boat hulls, decks and other parts. Multiaxial fabrics, which create much better in-plane properties, are useful with sandwich constructions, and today almost all high-performance marine laminates use a sandwich construction. The closed-moulding process has attracted more interest, due to boat builders’desire to reduce emissions and streamline processing for more cost-effective production.
The intelligence report, which includes market-size estimates for glass fibre, advanced fibre, core materials and resins, highlights the composite-material consumption trend by region, by boat-type and by manufacturing process.
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Hexcel is promoting its range of composite materials for skis, snowboards and other high performance winter sports equipment at ISPO Munich 2018 on 28-31 January.
Solvay and deBotech have announced a partnership with USA Bobsled and Skeleton (USABS), the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the US.