Composites penetration growth in Automotive: towards mass production – 2010-2020 trends and forecasts

Composites penetration growth in Automotive: towards mass production – 2010-2020 trends and forecasts

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The automotive industry is of vital importance to the future growth and development of the composites industry, being one of the world’s largest market sectors; in 2010 it generated global revenues of nearly 900€ billion and sold around 55-60 million vehicles. 
This market report provides an overview of the structure and dynamics of the global automotive sector, along with the main dynamics and trends in the rapidly growing automotive composites sector, aimed at increasing the use of composites in passenger vehicles.  

The report highlights the importance of Asia, especially China, in the next growth phase of the automotive sector.  It reflects on the last 60 years of (slow) growth in the use of automotive composites and the more rapid penetration of composites materials in more recent years, replacing materials such as steel and aluminium in the interior, body and chassis of new vehicle designs. The significantly higher focus of car makers in alternative materials in more recent years, which continues to grow, is driven by a fundamental need to produce lighter cars which will meet existing and future environmental legislation targets.

The report also considers how key players across the supply chain must find solutions to enable composite materials to be cost effectively used in mass market vehicles, which also address End-of-Life recycling requirements.  
Included are examples of successful application stories from leading OEM car makers BMW and Tesla, as well as from Toray Industries, a leading producer of PAN-based carbon fibre composite materials. These success stories illustrate the increasing penetration and growth in the use of composites in the automotive industry globally, particularly for lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastics.  

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