Key topics of the American composites industry

Key topics of the American composites industry

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This publication provides an overview of the US composite industry supplying the key aerospace, automotive and building & construction market sectors in the USA and globally. Key topics covered include: leading US players across the value chain; R & D centres and leading composites innovator; textile reinforcement products and innovations; the main domestic and global growth drivers for composite materials in the three key markets for the US composites industry.  

MARKET STUDY CONTENT

  • Overview of the US composites industry:
    •  The position of America as a key market for the global composites industry
    • Leading US companies across composites value chain
    • World-class R & D centres and innovators in the USA for composites
    • Top 3 markets and main growth drivers in: aerospace, automotive, building & construction
  • Aerospace segment:
    • Global leading US players for composites applications in aerospace
    • Increasing global demand for more commercial aircrafts, driven by growth from China and Asia
    • Increasing number of new aircraft being manufactured, with latest designs having a much higher percentage (by weight) of composite materials used in the airframe and aircraft interior.
    • US world-class R & D centres for aerospace composites technology and global suppliers
  • Automotive segment: 
    • Why automotive is a key market for the US composites industry across the value chain
    • US growth driven by materials and processing innovations to enable higher composites penetration in new vehicles ( vital due to tougher emissions legislation, such as lower CO2 level regulations)
    • Within America, the trend by US automotive manufacturing towards the Southern United States
    • Globally, growth for US companies driven by China as the main automotive market
    • Special focus: Thermoplastic resins in the automotive industry
  • Building & Construction segment:
    • Building & construction has become a key market for the US composites industry
    • Continued US growth being driven by infrastructure repair and a recovery of the housing market
    • Globally, growth for US companies is driven by urbanization, especially in China and Asia
  • Textile reinforcements for composites
    • The role of textile reinforcements, such as woven and non-woven fabrics manufactured from glass, carbon and aramid fibres, as growth enablers for composite materials in all key market sectors. 
    • Key innovation breakthroughs in new composite applications driven by technical textile products
    •  Major US companies at the leading edge of textile reinforcements for composites
    •  Growth opportunities for US companies producing textile reinforcements for composites applications