Structural Core Materials Market Size, Share, Trend, and Forecast Analysis (2019-2024)
Structural Core Materials Market (Foam and Balsa) is Segmented by End-Use Industry (Wind Energy, Marine, Ground Transportation, Aerospace & Defense and Others), by Core Material Type (PVC, PET, SAN, PMI, Balsa and Others), and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World).
Structural core materials market is projected to grow at a healthy rate over the next five years to reach US$ 749 million in 2024.
The market is driven by a number of factors, some of which are:
Composites have been witnessing an impressive growth in most of the end-use industries such as aerospace, transportation, and marine. Even, the penetration of composites has been the highest among all the materials in some of the major applications such as wind turbine blades and boat hulls. The impact of this trend is visible in the demand for core materials, as these materials have proven to be a game changer in developing composite applications that are lighter in weight with good strength.
Broadly, the composite industry stakeholders bifurcate the structural core materials into the three distinct materials: honeycomb, foam and balsa. All these materials compete with each other in some of the applications; however, they do not compete in most of the applications. Honeycomb is not part of our study as the material dynamics as well as competitive landscapes are entirely different than foam and balsa core providers.
Structural core materials are employed where parts must exhibit high bending strength and stiffness but at the same time need to be light in weight. The core must withstand shear stress and compression as it supports and stabilizes the skin sheets so that they stay fixed in place relative to one another and do not deform.
The market is segmented based on the core material type as PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate), SAN (Styrene Acrylonitrile), PMI (Polymethacrylimide), Balsa, and Others. PVC foam core is likely to maintain its dominance in the market over the next five years, owing to its numerous benefits, such as cost-effectiveness with excellent durability, long-life expectancy, good electrical and insulation properties. Moreover, the material is self-extinguishing and will not rot and also, it is resistant to many solvents, including styrene and most fuels.
PET is another most commonly used foam material in the composites industry. It will continue to replace PVC, SAN, and balsa in almost all the major applications, owing to its advantages such as recyclability and reduction in the resin uptake, which significantly results in the reduction of total weight and cost of the infused core materials. PET is likely to witness the highest growth in the market over the next five years.
Based on end-use industry, the structural core materials market is segmented into Wind Energy, Marine, Ground Transportation, Aerospace & Defense, and Others. Wind energy is projected to remain the largest market for structural core materials in the coming five years. Past five years for new wind turbine installations were vigorous as the total wind turbine installations reached at 51.3 GW in 2018 from 36.0 GW in 2013. However, the installation of wind turbines were ebb and flow whose impact can easily be recorded in the sales of core materials used to manufacture key composite applications, especially the rotor blades. Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) anticipates that over 300 GW (317.4 GW) of new wind energy capacity will be added during 2019 to 2023 out of which approximately 40 GW capacity will be offshore and rest will be onshore.
Aerospace & defense is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the next five years, driven by an incessant replacement of traditional metals with the advanced composites. All the latest aircraft programs (B787 and A350XWB) contain composite materials making up to almost 50% of their total airframe weight. This leads to a greater demand for materials including structural core materials. Honeycomb is the most preferred core material in the industry, which is not considered in the scope of the study.
Based on regions, Asia-Pacific is expected to remain the largest market for structural core materials during the forecast period, driven by China. China is the largest wind turbine market in the world, alone accounting for 86.0% and 44.8% share in the regional and the global new wind turbine capacity addition in 2018, respectively. GWEC anticipates that approximately 122 GW of new wind turbines are likely to be installed in the country during 2019-2023. Asia-Pacific is also estimated to depict the highest growth during the same period, driven by China, India, and Japan. All these three countries would remain the growth engines of the region’s market for structural core material over the next five years.
The structural core materials market has been flourishing for the last three decades and is expected to maintain its growth momentum in the coming years too. It is of paramount importance for the major players to align themselves with the changing market needs and competitive landscapes.
Some of the key structural core material manufacturing companies are
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