Aerospace & Defense Thermoplastic Composites Market Report
Aerospace & Defense Thermoplastic Composites Market is Segmented by Aircraft Type (Commercial Aircraft, General Aviation, Military Aircraft, and Others), by Resin Type (PPS Composites, PEEK Composites, PEI Composites, and Other Composites), by Application Type (Interior, Airframe, and Others), by Fiber Type (Carbon Fiber Composites and Glass Fiber Composites), by Process Type (Compression Molding, Injection Molding, AFP/ATL, and Others), and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World)
Aerospace & Defense Thermoplastic Composites Market is Segmented by Aircraft Type (Commercial Aircraft, General Aviation, Military Aircraft, and Others), by Resin Type (PPS Composites, PEEK Composites, PEI Composites, and Other Composites), by Application Type...
Covid-19 has impacted the market dynamics, competition, and global supply chain. The revenues have gone down in 2020 and may resume an uptrend gradually from 2021. Companies optimizing their operation and strategy will sustain and beat the competition.
Note: The summary below might not have included insights on covid impact since we have large number of reports.
Thermoplastic composite materials are considered excellent materials for current and future aircraft components. Years of R&D and continuous efforts assisted the industry stakeholders to replace not only various metallic parts but also thermoset composite parts.
Some of the growth drivers for thermoplastic composites in the aerospace industry are-
The A&D thermoplastic composites market is highly dependent on the organic growth of aircraft industries. In 2020, the market witnessed a severe decline in the wake of the pandemic. The market is expected to witness a further decline in 2021, and then bounce back in 2022, followed by a sequential growth till 2026 and reaching an estimated US$ 465.4 million in 2026. The aerospace industry is among the worst-hit industries by the pandemic; however, its strong fundamentals, such as huge order backlogs, to rejuvenate the industry’s growth avenues in the coming years.
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Major players have been working hard for advancements in the existing thermoplastic materials. There has also been a development of a unidirectional carbon prepreg, which further allows weight savings through high fiber content and can be fabricated with an automated production process for high-volume production.
“Commercial aircraft to be the largest segment”
Stratview Research has firstly segmented the A&D thermoplastic composites market based on the aircraft type as commercial aircraft, general aviation, military aircraft, and others. Commercial aircraft is expected to remain the largest segment of the market over the next five years and is also expected to experience the fastest recovery during the same period. The key driving factor is expected recovery in commercial aircraft deliveries coupled with the increasing thermoplastic composites content per aircraft. Among different commercial aircraft types, short-haul aircraft are to experience the fastest recovery with recouping in the domestic air traffic across the globe.
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“PPS to remain dominant resin”
Based on the resin type, the A&D thermoplastic composites market is segmented as PPS, PEEK, PEI, and others. PPS is estimated to maintain its huge dominance in the market. The key driving factor includes the high penetration of PPS composites in mass-volume airframe applications. Some notable advantages offered by PPS are good dimensional stability, excellent resistance to a wide variety of aggressive chemicals, and can be used to mold complex parts with very tight tolerances.
“Carbon fiber composite to remain dominant fiber”
Based on the fiber type, the market is segmented as carbon fiber composites and glass fiber composites. Carbon fiber composite is estimated to maintain its huge dominance in the market in the foreseen future. Excellent weight reduction, high strength-to-weight ratio, high tensile and compressive strength, low coefficient of thermal expansion, and high fatigue resistance are some key advantages that drive the segments’ market. On the other hand, glass fiber composite holds a niche market with good prevalence in interior applications where it meets desired performance.
“Airframe have the major share of the market”
Based on the application type, the market is segmented as interior, airframe, and others. Airframe holds a giant share of the market with a good level of thermoplastic composite penetration in the application segment. Key application areas in airframe application are clips, cleats, leading edges, panels for the fuselage, shear webs, stringers, ribs, rudders, and elevators. There is also growing interest in thermoplastic composites in interiors with floor panels, brackets, profiles, and seat backs being key applications.
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"Compression molding to remain dominant process”
Based on the process type, the market is segmented as compression molding, injection molding, AFP/ATL, and others. Compression molding is expected to remain the dominant process type in the market during the forecast period. Compression molding offers faster part cycle time, reduced part wastage, and reduced defects which overall lead to lower cost, and by monitoring the temperature during the molding process, quality and process consistency also get improved.
“Europe to be the largest market”
In terms of regions, Europe is expected to remain the largest market over the next five years. Germany, France, the UK are the leading markets in the region. Airbus is the major consumer of thermoplastic composites. Major tier players have set up manufacturing plants with high proximity to the Airbus’ assembly plants to fulfill their emerging requirements for its next-generation aircraft programs. North America also holds a reasonable share in the A&D thermoplastic composites market. Boeing and Gulfstream Aerospace are the key OEMs, which are creating a healthy demand for thermoplastic composite parts in the region.
Trend & Forecast Period
Size in 2026
US$ 465.4 million
North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Rest of the World
The USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, The UK, China, Japan, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Others
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The A&D thermoplastic composites market is segmented into the following categories.
The supply chain of this market comprises raw material suppliers, thermoplastic composite suppliers, tier players, aircraft OEMs, and airlines.
The key thermoplastic composite material suppliers are-
The key A&D thermoplastic composite component suppliers are-
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This strategic assessment report, from Stratview Research, provides a comprehensive analysis that reflects today’s A&D thermoplastic composites market realities and future market possibilities for the forecast period of 2021 to 2026. This is one of our best-selling reports from the shelf of aerospace composites reports which also includes the aerospace thermoplastics market, aerospace prepreg market, aerospace high-performance thermoplastics market, and aircraft cabin interior composites market.
The report estimates the short- as well as long-term repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on the demand for A&D thermoplastic composites market at the global, regional, as well as country level. Also, the report provides the possible loss that the industry will register by comparing pre-COVID and post-COVID scenarios. The vital data/information provided in the report can play a crucial role for the market participants as well as investors in the identification of low-hanging fruits available in the market as well as formulate growth strategies.
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Driven by a number of factors like increasing demand for advanced composites in the structural applications of aircraft, the A&D thermoplastic composites market is projected to reach an estimated value of US$ 465.4 million in 2026.
ATC, AVANCO Group (Xperion Performance Polymer Composites), Daher-Socata, Dutch Thermoplastic Components B.V., GKN Aerospace (Fokker Aerostructures), and Premium AEROTEC GmbH are some of the key players in the market.
Europe is expected to remain the largest A&D thermoplastic composites market during the forecast period of 2021-2026.
New technological advancements, production rates of aircraft, FAA regulations are among the factors impacting the aerospace & defence thermoplastic composites market.
Germany, France, the UK are the leading countries in the European aerospace & defence thermoplastic composites market.
Compression molding is expected to remain the dominant process type in the aerospace & defence thermoplastic composites market in the coming five years.
Airframe holds a giant share of the aerospace & defence thermoplastic composites market with a good level of thermoplastic composite penetration in the application segment.
Commercial aircraft is expected to remain the largest segment of the aerospace & defence thermoplastic composites market in the coming years.
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