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Aerospace Composites Market Size - By Fiber (Glass, Carbon/Graphite, Ceramic, Aramid), By Resin (Thermosetting [Epoxy, Phenolics, Polyester, Polyimides], Thermoplastic [Polyether Ether Ketone, Polysulfone, Polyetherimide]), Aircraft, Application & Forecast, 2021 - 2027

  • Report ID: GMI1358
  • Published Date: Sep 2021
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Aerospace Composites Market Size

Aerospace Composites Market size exceeded USD 10 billion in 2020 and is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of over 7.3% from 2021 to 2027. Rising growth of aerospace composites applications in commercial and military aircraft, to meet lightweight and sturdy component requirements will boost the overall market growth. Factors including weight reduction and high impact resistance will support the aerospace composites market expansion. In addition, the extensive usage of interior and exterior applications will further enhance the overall product penetration. The expansion of commercial and defense industries is expected to witness strong growth during the forecast time frame. Moreover, increasing defense spending will influence the market progression in the coming years.

Aerospace Composites Market Overview

Advancements in manufacturing techniques along with easy machinability will foster composite material demand. Composites can be manufactured in various complex shapes that offer reduced material wastage and corrosion resistance, in turn, further propelling product penetration. The high quality of the composites in outside airframe structures, such as undercarriage, fuel components, and wings, will stimulate the product demand. Strong product penetration in airframe structures will accelerate the industry growth. Aerospace composites market players are focusing on recycling composites for re-usage in the MRO industry, which will spur the product penetration.

The COVID-19 pandemic and grounding of Boeing 737 MAX have adversely impacted the aviation sector in 2020. Complete restrictions on international traveling in several economies across Europe and APAC during the first H1 of FY2020 have a severe impact on the aerospace composites market. Several airlines have dropped their plans to purchase new aircraft and some have postponed their plans. Furthermore, industry leaders have reported an adverse impact on revenue generation during FY 2020.

Aerospace Composites Market Analysis

The carbon segment in the aerospace composites market will dominate 60% of revenue share by 2027. Carbon is widely used to create high-quality precision components used in the manufacturing and treating of high-quality components such as machine plates, nuts, bolts, and posts. Superior strength, hardness, and flexibility are the key factors driving the industry expansion of graphite in aerospace applications. In addition to this, the material is widely used in engine parts, such as impellers and rotors, providing safety against sparks. Lightness, resistance to extreme temperatures, and enhanced strength are the key properties supporting the industry progression. Additionally, graphite possesses self-lubrication properties, providing a stable behavior and reduced maintenance.

The thermosetting aerospace composites market is slated to generate a demand of more than 45 kilo tons by 2027. Thermosetting resins are among the most widely used synthetic materials. Easy applicability owing to a change in shape and compatibility with other materials are some of the key properties positively impelling product penetration. These resins are widely used as adhesives and bonding agents. Processing, fabrication, and composite material properties are among the key factors affecting the chemical & physical properties of the resins.

Epoxy is widely used in high-performance materials with a high demand for advanced materials, delivering enhanced performance in aircraft design and assembly along with the repair of interior & exterior aircraft components. Aerospace composites are in high demand as flame, smoke, and toxicity-resistant materials. Growing applications as structural components in aircraft due to their properties, such as enhanced performance in high temperature/high humidity environments, will further support the industry demand. The epoxy material is highly used in interior applications such as insert potting, reinforcement, panel joining, and panel structures.

Aerospace Composites Market Size

The commercial aerospace composites market accounted for USD 6 billion in 2020. Growing affordability of flights has increased the number of air passengers traveling in past few years. The growth in the overall passengers will further increase the market revenue. Composites account for more than 50% of the overall market share. Increasing advantages of product usage, such as weight reduction and an increase in the overall efficiency of the aircraft, will fuel the industry size. Moreover, the advantage over other counterparts during manufacturing and molding will support the overall market value.

The exterior application segment will showcase around 7.5% growth rate through 2027. Exterior aerospace applications require composites, which have higher operating temperatures and better curing properties. They offer sturdy aerospace frames, which will further foster the industry revenue. Continuous R&D in enhancing the performance of commercial and military applications has resulted in increased usage of composite materials owing to their exceptional strength, higher stiffness-to-density ratio, and superior physical properties. Furthermore, aerospace composites reduce production time, have higher damage tolerance during production, and enable 20% weight reduction.

Global Aerospace Composites Market

North America aerospace composites market will hold over 35% revenue share by 2027. The region dominates the overall aerospace industry with the highest number of commercial and defense aircraft in the world. Increasing exports along with rising demand from the aerospace sector will augment product demand during the forecast timeframe. The U.S. has majorly influenced the market credited to a vast expansion in the aerospace industry along with high demand from the rest of the region will positively impact the overall industry value.

Aerospace Composites Market Share

Key companies functioning in the aerospace composites market are :

  • Hexcel
  • E.I. DuPont de Nemours
  • LMI Aerospace
  • Solvay Group

Companies induce forward, backward, or full integration strategies between raw material manufacturers, composites manufacturers, and distributors. Aerospace market players mostly adopt forward integrated, involving the manufacturing and distribution of the product.

The aerospace composites market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Tons and revenue in USD Million from 2017 to 2027 for the following segments:

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Market, By Fiber

  • Glass
  • Carbon/Graphite
  • Ceramic
  • Aramid
  • Others

Market, By Resin

  • Thermosetting 
    • Epoxy
    • Phenolic
    • Polyester
    • Polyimides
    • Others
  • Thermoplastic 
    • Polyether ether ketone (PEEK)
    • Polysulfone (PSU)
    • Polyetherimide (PEI)
    • Others

Market, By Aircraft

  • Commercial aircraft
  • General aviation 
    • Business jets
    • Piston airplanes
      1. Single-engine piston
      2. Multi-engine piston 
    • Piston turboprops
      1. Single-engine turboprops
      2. Multi-engine turboprops
    • Helicopters
      1. Turbine helicopters
      2. Piston helicopters  
  • Military aircraft
  • Space
  • Others

Market, By Application

  • Interior
  • Exterior

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Poland
    • Russia
    • Netherlands
    • Sweden
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Singapore
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Qatar
    • UAE
    • Bahrain
    • Oman
    • South Africa


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Akshay Prakash

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Market size of aerospace composites had surpassed USD 10 billion in 2020 and will witness a CAGR of over 7.3% through 2027.

Composites are used in aerospace industry to fulfill the lightweight and sturdy component requirements.

Carbon segment will capture a revenue share of 60% by 2027 owing to high product demand to create high-quality precision components in the manufacturing and treating of high-quality components.

Commercial aerospace composites market size was valued at USD 6 billion in 2020 on account of rising affordability of flights leading to increased air travel.

North America market will capture over 35% revenue share by 2027 owing to the availability of highest number of commercial and defense aircraft in the region.

Aerospace Composites Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 20
  • Tables & Figures: 828
  • Countries covered: 26
  • Pages: 550
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