Aerospace High-Performance Thermoplastics Market | Analysis 2020-2025
This strategic assessment report, from Stratview Research, provides a comprehensive analysis that reflects today’s aerospace high-performance thermoplastics market realities as well as future possibilities for the forecast period of 2020 to 2025. After conducting a detailed study on the high-performance thermoplastic composites market, we have tried to narrow down our research scope to aerospace high-performance thermoplastics market in order to provide the most crystal-clear picture of the market. The report segments and analyzes the market in the most detailed manner to provide a panoramic view of the market. The vital data/information provided in the report can play a crucial role for market participants as well as investors in the identification of low-hanging fruits available as well as formulate growth strategies.
The Aerospace High-Performance Thermoplastics Market: Highlights
High-performance thermoplastics (HPTPs) represent a diminutive subset of overall thermoplastics market and are preferably used in specialized applications where there is a greater demand for extraordinary properties including high-heat temperature tolerance, ability to withstand harsh environments, and excellent mechanical performance. PPS, PAEK family, PASU family, HPPA, and PEI are the major HPTPs, accounting for more than 90% share.
The role of HPTPs in the aerospace industry is more pivotal than other end-use industries as aerospace engineers keep on seeking materials that give them an edge to better address the market’s emerging requirements. The role of HPTPs further increases as these materials offer opportunities to the engineers to shed off the weight of aircraft by replacing traditional materials including steel. Over the past couple of eons, there has been a remarkable growth in the usage of HPTPs in the aerospace industry.
In comparison to standard and engineering thermoplastics, HPTPs deliver better temperature stability, excellent chemical resistance, and higher mechanical properties. When reinforced with fibers/fillers, the properties of these materials can be further enhanced to meet the diverse requirements of the aerospace industry.
The euphoria of the leading players in the aerospace high-performance thermoplastics market continues as the market is subjected to grow at a lucrative CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period 2020-2025. Several factors mushrooming the growth of aerospace HPTP market are increasing production rates of B787, F35, and A350XWB programs, increasing commercial and regional aircraft deliveries, rising demand for lightweight and corrosion-resistant parts, increasing penetration of composites in newer generation aircraft, and low processing cost of thermoplastic vs thermoset composites.
The market for aerospace HPTP is gradually consolidating as major companies are performing mergers & acquisitions to quickly gain the leading position in this briskly expanding market. For instance; Solvay S.A., a leading global supplier of advanced materials for a wide array of applications, acquired the Cytec Industries Inc. at a total purchase price of approximately US$ 5.5 Billion. After the acquisition of Cytec Industries Inc.; Solvay S.A. has become one of the major players in the high-performance thermoplastics market.
Analogously, in 2018, Toray, the world’s largest carbon fiber manufacturer acquired TenCate Advanced Composites Holding B.V. (TCAC), a fully owned subsidiary of Koninklijke Ten Cate B.V. at an agreed purchase price of 930 million Euro. TCAC is one of the leading suppliers of carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic tapes and high-heat-resistant thermoset prepregs to the aerospace industry. The M&As continue in 2019 as well with Saudi Aramco acquired a 70% stake in SABIC, one of the biggest deals in the chemicals industry.
To better understand the low-hanging fruits available as well as future growth directions, the report segments the market in many ways in which one of the market segments is by platform type (commercial aircraft, regional aircraft, general aviation, military aircraft, spacecraft, and others). All the aircraft types are generating sizeable demand for HPTPs; however, commercial aircraft are always maintaining their vanguard in driving the demand for HPTPs. The aircraft type is expected to remain the largest and fastest-growing segment of the market during the forecast period.
Several factors are driving the demand for HPTPs in commercial aircraft in which some of the most noticeable ones are increasing penetration of composite materials in the latest aircraft programs including B787 and A350XWB, increasing production rates of the key programs, introduction of fuel-efficient variants of the best-selling aircraft (A320neo and B777x), and upcoming aircraft programs (Irkut MC-21 and COMAC C919).
Like aircraft types, the report comprehensively segments the market in terms of thermoplastic/resin type as polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), aromatic ketones (PAEK family), polyarylsulfone (PASU family), high-performance polyamide (HPPA), polyetherimide (PEI), and others. PPS is expected to remain the largest segment of the market during the forecast period. PPS resins offer various advantages, such as high-temperature performance, dimensional stability, and excellent electrical insulation properties, which make them the preferred material for a wide array of applications in the aerospace industry, such as clips, cleats, doors, refuelling and fuel systems, pipe holders, electrical components, and cable ducts where engineering thermoplastics prove to be unsuitable.
In terms of regions, North America is expected to remain the largest market for aerospace HPTPs during the forecast period. The USA is the growth engine of the region’s market with the presence of major aircraft OEMs, tier players, raw material suppliers, and part fabricators. Most of the major HPTP manufacturers have their presence in the region to address the emergent needs of the OEMs in order to be the partner for their upcoming aircraft programs or upcoming fuel-efficient variants of existing aircraft programs.
Asia-Pacific is likely to witness the highest growth during the same period, driven by a host of factors including increasing demand for commercial aircraft to support rising passenger traffic; the opening of assembly plants of Boeing and Airbus in China for B737, A320 and A330 aircraft programs; upcoming indigenous commercial and regional aircraft (COMAC C919 and Mitsubishi MRJ); rising aircraft fleet size; and increasing military spending by countries such as China and India.
The supply chain of this market comprises several nodes including raw material suppliers, aerospace HPTP manufacturers, compounders, prepreggers, tier players, OEMs, airlines, and MRO companies. The key players in the market are Solvay S.A.; Victrex plc; BASF SE; China Lumena New Materials Corporation; DIC Corporation; SABIC; Toray Industries, Inc.; Evonik Industries AG; and Arkema S.A. All the major high-performance thermoplastic providers or compounders have different growth strategies based on their synergies, product portfolio, market reach, geographical presence, and market positioning. However, some of the most common strategies adopted by most of them are higher focus towards the development of new products addressing unmet needs, adopting more customer-centric approach rather than product-centric approach (custom-designed and application-specific products), execution of M&As to quickly gain market share, and develop vast product portfolio covering a good blend of all the three ladders of thermoplastics’ pyramid.
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 conducted more than 15 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.
This report provides market intelligence in the most comprehensive way. The report structure has been kept such that it offers maximum business value. It provides critical insights into the market dynamics and will enable strategic decision making for the existing market players as well as those willing to enter the market. The following are the key features of the report:
The market is segmented into the following categories:
Aerospace High-Performance Thermoplastics Market, by Platform Type
Aerospace High-Performance Thermoplastics Market, by Resin Type
Aerospace High-Performance Thermoplastics Market, by Form Type
Aerospace High-Performance Thermoplastics Market, by Application Type
Aerospace High-Performance Thermoplastics Market, by Region
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