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    Unidirectional Tapes Market Report

    Unidirectional Tapes Market Report
    Report code - SRAM176 Published On : Sep,2020 No. of Pages: 235
    Unidirectional (UD) Tapes Market Size, Share, Trend, Forecast, & Competitive Analysis: See more...

    Market Insights

    Unidirectional (UD) tapes are composed of endless fibers that are orientated in one direction impregnated with a polymer resin matrix. The number of layers depends upon the rigidity and strength required for the component. Unidirectional tapes offer a significant reduction in weight and also help various industries (aerospace and automotive) to reduce carbon emissions. UD tape is made by impregnating carbon fiber, glass fiber, aramid fiber, or natural fiber stacked together in one direction, with a thermoset or thermoplastic resin.

    Over the decades, thermoset unidirectional tapes have been widely used across industries, as they are cheaper, highly reactive, and exhibit ease of impregnation. High usage of carbon fiber/epoxy composites in the aerospace industry owing to their lightweight, high strength and modulus, and excellent fatigue performance; is also one of the major factors behind the dominance of thermoset unidirectional tapes in the market. Thermoset UD tapes are widely used for making primary aerostructures, such as fuselage and wings of the next-generation aircraft programs, as they offer maximum strength and stiffness in one direction which is the desired property for large structures. In recent years, thermoplastic unidirectional tapes are gaining traction in a wide array of applications as they offer higher toughness, high chemical resistance, easier & quicker in consolidation, quick cycle time, recyclability, and unlimited shelf life.

    The rapid transmission of coronavirus across the globe has brought forth unprecedented challenges for several industries. The aerospace industry, which is the major demand generator of UD tapes, is one of the worst-hit industries. The overall supply chain disruption, halts in production, cancellation of orders from airlines, and strict travel restrictions have incurred major losses and stagnation for several players in the industry across the value chain.

    The unidirectional (UD) tape market is expected to move parallelly with the aerospace industry’s trajectory as the industry holds the lion’s share of the market. Our estimates suggest that the market is likely to take a nose-dive in 2020, followed by a steady path towards recovery in the next five years to reach an estimated value of US$ 3.1 billion in 2026.

    Unidirectional tapes’ inherent set of benefits over competing metals such as steel, aluminum, and composite materials (compounds, fabric prepregs, etc.) are one of the key factors contributing to the long-term growth of the market. The changing market dynamics of each industry with perpetual demand for lightweight, durable, and high-performing materials may further reinforce the demand for unidirectional tapes. Moreover, the expected rebound in commercial aircraft production backed by the huge order backlog of 12,724 (Airbus: 7,539 and Boeing: 5,185) as of July 2020 is expected to give a thrust to the unidirectional tape demand.


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    Segment Analysis

    By End-Use Industry Type

    Based on the end-use industry type, Stratview Research has segmented the market as aerospace & defense, wind energy, consumer goods, automotive, oil & gas, and others. Aerospace & defense is anticipated to be preponderant in the market in the years to come. Despite taking a huge plunge in 2020, the segment’s market is expected to redeem itself with the fastest recuperation during the forecast period. With the growing penetration of composite materials in the aerospace & defense industry, there has been a greater urge for automation in the manufacturing processes in order to address the increasing demand. AFP and ATL processes are such technologies that can lay prepreg materials at a much faster rate than laying prepreg materials manually and have been efficacious in gaining consequential shares in the aerospace prepreg market. Unidirectional tapes (slit and UD tape) are the materials of choice for such manufacturing processes.

    By Fiber Type

    Based on fiber type, the market is segmented into carbon fiber prepreg, glass fiber prepreg, and other prepregs. Carbon fiber unidirectional tape is likely to remain the growth engine of the market during the forecast period. Aerospace & defense, automotive, consumer goods, and wind energy are likely to remain the major markets for carbon fiber UD tapes in years to come; however, aerospace & defense to remain the biggest market. Both thermoset and thermoplastics are gaining momentum in carbon fiber UD tape.

    Regional Insights

    In terms of region, North America is projected to remain the largest market during the forecast period. North America is the largest manufacturing hub of the aerospace industry, backed up by Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. The USA is estimated to remain the biggest demand generator of UD tape, not only in North America but also in the world. The country is the largest market for unidirectinoal tapes in the aerospace & defense industry.

    After recording a huge decline in 2020, Asia-Pacific is anticipated to heal at the fastest rate during the forecast period. Upcoming commercial aircraft program (C919), the opening of assembly plants in China by Boeing and Airbus, and the opening of assembly plants of automotive OEMs are the demand boosters of UD tapes in the region. Furthermore, the region holds the leading position in the consumer goods UD tapes market with a continued shift of manufacturing base from the developed regions to the Asian region.



    Research Scope

    Trend & Forecast Period


    Regions Covered

    North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Rest of the World

    Size in 2026

    US$ 3.1 billion

    Countries/Subregions Covered

    The USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, the UK, Russia, China, Japan, India, Latin America, the Middle East and others

    Figures & Tables



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    The UD tapes market is segmented into the following categories.

    By End-Use Industry

    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Wind Energy
    • Consumer Goods
    • Automotive
    • Oil & Gas
    • Others

    By Resin Type

    • Thermoset UD Tapes
    • Thermoplastic UD Tapes

    By Fiber Type

    • Carbon Fiber UD Tapes
    • Glass Fiber UD Tapes
    • Other UD Tapes

    By Region

    • North America (Country Analysis: The USA, Canada, and Mexico)
    • Europe (Country Analysis: Germany, France, the UK, Russia, and Rest of Europe)
    • Asia-Pacific (Country Analysis: Japan, China, India, and Rest of Asia-Pacific)
    • Rest of the World (Sub-Region Analysis: Latin America, the Middle East, and Others)

    Key Players

    The supply chain of this market comprises raw material suppliers, UD tape manufacturers, tier players, and end-user OEMs.

    The key players in the unidirectional tapes market are-

    • BASF SE
    • Celanese Corporation
    • Evonik Industries AG
    • Hexcel Corporation
    • Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites, Inc.
    • SABIC
    • SGL Carbon SE
    • Solvay S.A.
    • Teijin Limited
    • Toray Industries, Inc.

    Advancements in the resin system, new product development, collaboration with tier players/OEMs, and execution of mergers and acquisitions are the key strategies adopted by the major players to gain a competitive edge in the market.

    Research Methodology

    For calculating the market size, our analysts follow either Top-Bottom or Bottom-Top approach or both, depending upon the complexity or availability of the data points. Our reports offer high-quality insights and are the outcome of detailed research methodology comprising extensive secondary research, rigorous primary interviews with industry stakeholders and validation and triangulation with Stratview Research’s internal database and statistical tools. We leverage multitude of authenticated secondary sources, such as company annual reports, government sources, trade associations, journals, investor presentation, white papers, and articles to gather the data. More than 10 detailed primary interviews with the market players across the value chain in all four regions and industry experts are usually executed to obtain both qualitative and quantitative insights.

    Report Features

    This strategic assessment report, from Stratview Research, provides a comprehensive analysis that reflects today’s Unidirectional (UD) Tape market realities and future market possibilities for the forecast period of 2021 to 2026. The report segments and analyzes the market in the most detailed manner in order to provide a panoramic view of the market. 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 the low-hanging fruits available in the market as well as to formulate the growth strategies in order to expedite their growth process. Also, the report provides the possible loss that the industry will register by comparing pre-COVID and post-COVID scenario.

     The following are the key features of the report:

    • Market structure: Overview, industry life cycle analysis, supply chain analysis.
    • Market environment analysis: Growth drivers and constraints, Porter’s five forces analysis, SWOT analysis.
    • Market trend and forecast analysis.
    • Market segment trend and forecast.
    • Competitive landscape and dynamics: Market share, product portfolio, product launches, etc.
    • Attractive market segments and associated growth opportunities.
    • Emerging trends.
    • Strategic growth opportunities for the existing and new players.
    • Key success factors.

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    • Benchmarking of key players on the following parameters: Product portfolio, geographical reach, regional presence, and strategic alliances

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    The unidirectional tapes market size is expected to witness an impressive CAGR to reach an estimated value of US$ 3.1 billion in 2026.

    BASF SE, CELANESE CORPORATION, Evonik Industries AG, Hexcel Corporation, Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites, Inc., SABIC, SGL Carbon SE, Solvay S.A., TEIJIN LIMITED, and Toray Industries, Inc. are among the key players in the unidirectional tapes market.

    North America is projected to remain the largest market for UD tapes during the forecast period of 2020-25.

    Aerospace & Defense is expected to remain the dominant end-use industry in the market in the coming five years.

    Carbon fiber UD tape is expected to remain the growth engine of the market during the next five years.

    The supply chain of market comprises raw material suppliers, UD tape manufacturers, tier players, and end-user OEMs.