High Temperature Prepreg Market
This report, from Stratview Research, studies the global high-temperature prepreg market over the trend period from 2013 to 2018 and forecast period from 2019 to 2024. The report provides detailed insights into the market dynamics to enable informed business decision making and growth strategy formulation based on the opportunities present in the market.
The global high-temperature prepreg market is projected to grow at an impressive rate over the next five years to reach US$ 538.0 million in 2024. High-temperature prepreg currently occupies less than 1% of the total prepreg market in terms of both value and volume but is expected to witness a higher growth as compared to the overall prepreg market in the foreseen future. Major prepreg manufacturers are increasingly focusing on high-temperature prepreg in order to gain the leading position in the segment.
High-temperature prepregs are majorly used in the aerospace & defense and transportation industries. In aerospace & defense, high-temperature prepregs are mainly used in primary and secondary structures so that they can operate at temperatures reaching 350°C or above. Increasing penetration of composites in the aerospace & defense and automotive industries is chiefly driving the demand for high-temperature prepregs. Furthermore, increasing use of high-temperature-resistant composites for the construction of structural applications coupled with increasing production rates of the next-generation fighter aircraft such as F-35, substantiates the growth of the market. Additionally, rising demand for fast-curing prepregs for mass-produced vehicles and longer wind blades, and superior performance benefits of high-temperature prepregs assure higher growth of high-temperature prepregs than the overall prepregs market in the coming five years.
The aircraft industry is witnessing a gradual change towards the usage of a hotter aircraft engine in order to increase its propulsion rate and performance. This is creating a dire need for high-temperature prepregs in various aero engine applications. Hot air engine duct is one such example, where high-temperature prepregs are gaining a considerable share in order to fulfill the industry demand. A similar trend has been noticed in the automotive industry as well. Engines are getting hotter and the under-the-hood space is getting squeezed in order to make the vehicle more compact. High-temperature prepregs are expected to play a vital role in the automotive industry as well to meet the increasing requirement from various automotive OEMs and tier players.
Based on resin type, the market is segmented as BMI prepreg, cyanate ester prepreg, polyimide prepreg, thermoplastic prepregs, and other prepregs. BMI and polyimide prepreg will act as the growth engines of the market in the foreseen future. BMI resins are extensively used in tooling prepreg applications. Furthermore, it is also gaining traction in military aircraft and commercial aircraft in applications, such as engine, airframe, nacelle, thrust reverser, and duct applications.
Polyimide resin is expected to maintain its leading position during the forecast period. Composite parts fabricated using polyimide prepreg can withstand continuous use up to 315°C (600°F) and intermittent use up to 480°C (900°F) and exhibit extremely high dimensional stability at elevated temperatures.
Based on the end-use industry type, aerospace & defense is likely to remain the most dominant segment during the forecast period. Increasing production rates of high-temperature composite rich fighter aircraft such as F-35, is likely to give impetus to the demand for high-temperature prepregs in the industry. Lockheed Martin’s F-35 is the best-selling 5th generation fighter aircraft, which incorporates high-temperature composite prepregs substantially. About 35% of the F-35 aircraft’s structural weight is composites and about 50% of which is made up of high-temperature prepregs.
Based on the curing type, autoclave curing is projected to maintain its dominance in the market over the next five years. Aircraft primary structures, such as wings, fuselages, and empennage components, are mostly fabricated by using composite materials and cured through an autoclave process. High pressure of autoclave ensures good mechanical properties and helps reduce void contents. The out-of-autoclave and other segments are also likely to witness healthy growth rates in the market during the forecast period.
In terms of region, North America is projected to remain the largest market during the forecast period, driven by the presence of leading aircraft OEMs, aeroengine manufacturers, tier players, prepreg manufacturers, and raw material suppliers. The USA is the growth engine of the region’s market. Lockheed Martin has opened a new manufacturing facility to produce its high-temperature composite rich F-35 aircraft in Pinellas Park, Florida, the USA, to raise the existing production rate. There is a total un-filled order of more than 2,691 F-35 aircraft from 12 countries out of which the USA’s inventory objective is 2,456 F-35 aircraft.
Europe is projected to remain the second largest market for high-temperature prepregs during the forecast period. Dassault Aviation, BAE Systems, and Airbus Group are some of the key OEMs in the region, which are driving the demand for high-temperature prepregs in the European market.
The supply chain of this market comprises fiber manufacturers, resin manufacturers, prepreg machine suppliers, high-temperature prepreg manufacturers, tier players, OEMs, and airlines. The key high-temperature prepreg manufacturers include Solvay S.A., Koninklijke TenCate nv, Hexcel Corporation, Gurit Holding AG, Park Electrochemical Corporation, and Renegade Material Corporation. Development of low-cost high-temperature prepregs with ease of manufacturing process, improvement in performance, and forming strategic alliances are the key strategies adopted by the major players to gain a competitive edge in the market.
This report offers high-quality insights and is 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. More than 1,000 authenticated secondary sources, such as company annual reports, fact book, press release, journals, investor presentation, white papers, patents, and articles have been leveraged to gather the data. We have conducted 10 detailed primary interviews with the market players across the value chain in all four regions and industry experts to obtain both qualitative and quantitative insights.
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The global high-temperature prepreg market is segmented into the following categories:
High-Temperature Prepreg Market, By Resin Type
High-Temperature Prepreg Market, By End-Use Industry Type
High-Temperature Prepreg Market, By Reinforcement Type
High-Temperature Prepreg Market, By Curing Type
High-Temperature Prepreg Market, By Region
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