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    Automotive Composites Market Report

    Automotive Composites Market Report
    Report code - SRTI130 Published On : Oct,2019 No. of Pages: 298
    Automotive Composites Market Size, Share, Trend, Forecast & Competitive  See more...

    Market Insights

    Automotive composites are made up of fibers, such as glass fiber and carbon fiber, which are impregnated with a resin system (thermoset or thermoplastic) using various manufacturing processes. Composites are preferably used in the form of the compounds in the automotive industry. Short fiber-reinforced thermoplastics (SFTs), long fiber-reinforced thermoplastics (LFRTs), glass mat thermoplastics (GMTs), sheet molding compounds (SMCs), and bulk molding compounds (BMCs) are the key compound types, used in the industry.

    The automotive industry is undergoing the most potentially disruptive decade where stringent regulations imposed by regulatory authorities on automakers are compelling them to increasingly incorporate advanced materials to make the vehicle lighter in order to increase the fuel efficiency or to reduce the carbon emissions. Composites offer significant weight savings as compared to metals including steel and aluminum. Amongst composite materials, carbon fiber offers the maximum weight saving advantage along with exceptional mechanical performance.

    Automotive composites market size is projected to reach an estimated value of US$ 15.6 billion in 2024. In the coming five years, the growth rate of composites in automotive is likely to outpace the growth rate of the automotive industry, catching the significant attention of the industry stakeholders.

    Some of the factors that are driving the demand for composite materials in the automotive industry are recovery of the automobile production in coming years; strict government regulations regarding carbon emission reductions and fuel efficiency enhancements such as CAFÉ Standards; an excellent weight reduction offered by composite materials, a shift towards all-composites parts, a significant reduction in number of parts & excellent chemical as well as corrosion resistance.

    Automotive Composites Market Witnessing Consolidation

    In recent years, the market for automotive composites has witnessed fair consolidation as the major players are acquiring other medium and small players with an aim to enhance their product portfolio and expand their geographical reach. 

    Some of the foremost mergers & acquisitions that took place in the market include

    • the announcement of an agreement on acquisition of Polyamide Business of Solvay by BASF and Domo Chemicals in which Domo Chemicals will acquire the European PA6.6 business of Solvay, whereas BASF will acquire the global polyamide business excluding European PA6.6 business. In 2019, the EU Commission approved the acquisition with deal expect to be closed by end of 2019.
    • Similarly, in 2018, LyondellBasell acquired Ohio-based A. Schulman for an agreed price of US$ 2.25 billion. The acquisition is a strategic move of the company to double its existing compounding business and to broaden its products in the high-margin markets.


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    Segment Analysis

    By Vehicle Type

    The automotive composites market is broadly segmented based on vehicle type as Passenger Car, LCV, and M&HCV. Passenger car is expected to remain the growth engine of the automotive composites market during the forecast period. The high production of cars coupled with good composites penetration is the prime factor behind the dominance of the passenger car segment in the automotive composites market.

    By Application Type

    Composites are used in all major application areas in the automotive industry, such as interiors, exteriors, and under the hood. Composites have the highest level of penetration in under-the-hood application areas, such as air intake manifold, radiator end tanks, engine oil pan, engine cover, aero ducts, and charge-air-cooler end caps. Temperature and heat resistance are the major requirements of the materials used in under-the-hood applications. Amongst resins, polyamide resin is the perennial choice as it can withstand temperature about 260°C and is lightweight, resistant to road salt and engine fluids, and offers excellent mechanical properties.

    Exterior applications of composites generally include large-sized components and are relying more on LFRT and SMC compounds, unlike the under-the-hood segment that predominantly uses SFRT compounds. Front-end module, fender, bumper, liftgate, door module, and hood are key applications of composites in exteriors. Apart from interior, exterior, and under the hood, composite materials are also gaining sheer interest in various other applications such as leaf springs, pressure vessels, underbody shield, and driveshaft.

    By Reinforcement Type

    The automotive composites market is segmented as glass fiber composites and carbon fiber composites. Glass fiber composite is expected to remain the dominant segment of the market during the forecast period, whereas carbon fiber composite is likely to grow at a faster rate during the same period. Glass fiber offers unmatched price-performance ratio and competes well with steel and aluminum in most of the automotive applications. The reinforcement type offers many advantages, such as low cost, moderate mechanical performance, and good chemical and corrosion resistance.

    By Resin Type

    The report also deeply studies the different resin types in the market. Polyester, polyamide (PA), polypropylene (PP), and epoxy are the major resin types considered in the report. Different resin materials are preferred choices for different applications and are used in different product forms. For instance, polyamide is the material of choice in under-the-hood components, such as air intake manifolds, radiator end tanks, engine covers, charge-air-cooler end caps, and engine oil pans.

    Polyamide composites are generally used in the form of SFTs and LFRTs, primarily through the injection molding process. On the other hand, polyester composites are predominantly used resin types for exterior composite applications such as fender, hood, bumper, and pick-up box. Polyester composites are primarily used in the form of SMCs and BMCs through either compression or injection molding process.

    Regional Insights                                            

    Europe and North America capture a large chunk of the global automotive composites market. The average composite content per vehicle is higher in Europe and North America as compared to the Asia-Pacific region, which led to a low share of Asia-Pacific despite being the largest vehicle producer across the globe. The USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, China, and Japan are some key countries across the globe, accounting for a significant share in the market.


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    Research Scope

    Trend & Forecast Period


    Size in 2024

    US$ 15.6 billion


    6.3% CAGR during 2019-2024

    Regions Covered

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

    Countries/Subregions Covered

    The USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, The UK, Italy, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Brazil, Argentina and Others

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    The market is segmented in the following ways:

    By Vehicle Type:

    • Passenger Car
    • Light Commercial Vehicle
    • Medium- & Heavy-Duty

    By Application Type:

    • Interior Composites
    • Exterior Composites
    • Under the Hood Composites
    • Other application-based Composites

    By Reinforcement Type:

    • Glass Fiber Composites
    • Carbon Fiber Composites

    By Resin Type:

    • Polyester Composites
    • Polyamide Composites
    • Polypropylene Composites
    • Epoxy Composites
    • Other resin-based Composites

    By Process Type:

    • Compression-Molded Composites
    • Injection-Molded Composites
    • Resin-Infused Composites
    • Filament-Wound Composites
    • Other Process-based Composites

    By Region:

    • North America (Country Analysis: The USA, Canada, and Mexico)
    • Europe (Country Analysis: Germany, France, The UK, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe)
    • Asia-Pacific (Country Analysis: China, Japan, South Korea, India, and Rest of Asia-Pacific)
    • Rest of the World (Country Analysis: Brazil, Argentina, and Others)

    Key Players

    The supply chain of this market is convoluted and comprises several nodes including raw material suppliers, composite material manufacturers, compounders, distributors, part fabricators, tier players, and OEMs.

    The key automotive composite manufacturers are

    • Ashland Global Holdings Inc.
    • AOC, LLC
    • BASF SE
    • Continental Structural Plastics Inc. (CSP)
    • Solvay S.A.
    • Koninklijke DSM N.V.
    • E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    • Hexion Inc.
    • Huntsman Corporation
    • Lanxess GmbH
    • SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation)
    • Toray Industries, Inc.
    • Owens Corning Corporation.

    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

    Stratview Research continues its voyage in developing comprehensive market reports on the attractive subjects in the Composites Industry Domain. After conducting a deep-dive study on automotive under-the-hood composites market and automotive exterior composites market, this time, we have come up with a full-fledged comprehensive report on Automotive Composites Market. The report is designed in such a way that it offers the maximum benefits to market stakeholders including raw material suppliers, composite material manufacturers, compounders, and investors, with regard to the identification of low-hanging fruits and formulation of growth strategies.

    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Automotive composite parts are made up of fibers, such as glass fiber and carbon fiber, which are impregnated with a resin system (thermoset or thermoplastic) using various manufacturing processes. Composites are preferably used in the form of the compounds in the automotive industry.

    Driven by a number of factors like a shift towards all-composites parts; a significant reduction in number of parts, the automotive composites market is projected to reach an estimated value of US$ 15.6 billion in 2024.

    Europe and North America are dominant regions in the market.

    Ashland Global Holdings Inc., AOC, LLC , BASF SE, Continental Structural Plastics Inc. (CSP), Solvay S.A., Koninklijke DSM N.V., E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Hexion Inc., Huntsman Corporation, Lanxess GmbH, SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) , Toray Industries, Inc., and Owens Corning Corporation. are among the key players in the market.

    Passenger car is expected to remain the growth engine in the market in the coming years.


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