Composites in Automotive Applications

 Published On: Oct, 2015 |    No of Pages: 176 |  Published By: BCC Research-JT Gabrielsen Consulting LLC Research | Format: PDF
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The global market for composites in automotive applications is forecast to increase from 8.1 million pounds in 2014 to 9.1 million pounds in 2015. This market is estimated to reach 13.2 million pounds in 2020 increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.7% during the next five years, from 2015-2020.

This report provides:

-An overview of the global markets for composites in automotive applications.
-Analyses of U.S. as well as international market trends, with data from 2014, 2015, and projections of CAGRs through 2020.
-Coverage of reinforced plastics using mostly carbon fibers for strength with a wide array of resins.
-A look at exterior steel structures such as body panels, roofs, exterior doors, wheels, fenders and other exterior parts.
-Analyses of the interest in replacing steel with composite resins; the need to reduce the weight of autos to meet the 2025 strict government standard of about 55 miles per gallon.
-Thermoplastics to be used including ABS, nylon, polyacetals, polypropylene, PVC, polycarbonates, and polyacrylates among others, as well as polyurethanes which are also expected to be used.
-Evaluation of the market's dynamics, specifically growth drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
-Profiles of major players in the industry.

INTRODUCTION

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY

The objective of this study is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the automotive carbon-fiber-composite market that has been recently developed in order to decrease the weight of automobiles to meet upcoming government standards for average miles per gallon.

The current premise is that, by reducing the weight of automobiles, miles per gallon will increase, but achieving this objective is beset with a wide array of technical issues and higher costs.

There have been a wide array of reports on this topic, but recent developments have begun to shed more light on the requisite technologies, costs, companies involved and the probable time span needed for these changes to take place.

This market study also analyzes, among other issues, the role and impact of carbon-fiber-producing companies that produce these materials for automotive composites, the automobile producing companies themselves, changing prices of raw materials, continual upgrading of technologies and shifting government regulations.

SCOPE OF THE STUDY

The focus of the study is to attempt to quantify consumption and projected growth of the major types of carbon-reinforced plastic composites being used and to delve into the reasons for use of specific types for a wide array of automotive parts.

METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES

Extensive searches were made of the literature regarding automotive composite plastics, including most of the leading trade journals, technical papers, company literature, related government publications and pertinent trade associations.

In addition, key personnel and trade publications were contacted to try and verify consumption, company products, key applications, market trends and so forth.

STUDY GOALS

The objective in providing this study on carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics is to provide readers with a current view of this small, but important rapidly growing market. Other goals were to explain why specific important carbon-fiber-composite resins are being used for specific automotive parts and an outlook of this scenario in five years.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

It seems clear that those companies in the carbon-fiber-composite plastics business would be interested in this new and rapidly growing market along with the entire automotive market. In addition, companies that supply the automotive market with a wide array of products will need to understand the probable implications of the probable decline in the use of steel in future automobiles. Finally, all of the major global automobile producers need to be kept updated with the wide array of new technologies and products being used along with the introduction of lightweight cars via expanding usage of metals such as aluminum and plastic composites.
Chapter- 1: INTRODUCTION - Complimentary 3 $0
REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
SCOPE OF THE STUDY
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
STUDY GOALS
INTENDED AUDIENCE
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
DISCLAIMER

Chapter- 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2 $250
Table Summary : GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE MARKET, THROUGH 2020
Figure Summary : GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE MARKET, 2014-2020

Chapter- 3: AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY 6 $307
OVERVIEW
CORPORATE AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY ISSUES
AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS, REGULATORS AND GREEN ADHERENTS SET FOR CARBON DIOXIDE BATTLE.
AUTOMAKERS PREFER METAL USAGE FOR COST SAVINGS RATHER THAN WEIGHT LOSS
STEEL INDUSTRY ACTIVITIES
MAKING PROGRESS
LOOKING BACK TO THE 2014 AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR
IMPORTANT INDUSTRY JOINT VENTURES

Chapter- 4: AUTOMOTIVE SEGMENTS 26 $1328
AUTOMOBILE EXTERIORS
AUTOMOTIVE INTERIORS
UNDER-THE-HOOD

Chapter- 5: AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTWEIGHTING 13 $664
INTRODUCTION
COMPARATIVE COSTS/STRENGTHS OF LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS FOR VEHICLE PRIMARY STRUCTURES
AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTION TO CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS
METALS AND ALLOYS
AUTOMOTIVE BODY STRUCTURES
PLASTICS USAGE
OVERALL CONSUMPTION IN AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION
LIGHTWEIGHTING IS THE TOP FUEL-EFFICIENCY GOAL
THE HUNT FOR EFFECTIVE AND REASONABLY PRICED LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS CONTINUES
PLASTICS ARE CLEARLY THE KEY TO AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTWEIGHTING
RECENT INDUSTRY POLL ON CHALLENGES TO FURTHER REDUCE VEHICLE WEIGHT
RECENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PLASTICS IN AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTWEIGHTING

Chapter- 6: PLASTIC COMPOSITES 6 $307
BACKGROUND
THERMOSETS

Chapter- 7: AUTOMOTIVE INTERFACING WITH CARBON FIBER COMPOSITES 11 $562
OVERVIEW
EXAMPLES REGARDING LOWERING THE WEIGHT OF AUTOMOBILES
THE CAR BODY OF THE FUTURE
QUESTION OF ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF CARBON FIBER COMPOSITES IN AUTOMOBILES
NEW GROUP TO FOSTER USE OF COMPOSITES IN AUTOMOBILES
NEW CONTINUOUS-FIBER LAMINATE OVERMOLDING COMPOUND FOR AUTOMOTIVE USES
PRODUCTION OF LIGHTWEIGHT CARBON FIBER
POTENTIAL RESULTS FROM CARBON-FIBER-REINFORCED FIBERS
DOW AUTOMOTIVE OPENS SEVERAL COMPOSITE CENTERS
GENERAL MOTORS TO INVEST $1 BILLION IN DETROIT-AREA TECH CENTER
COMPOSITE CAR FLOORS
RICE-HULL-REINFORCED PLASTICS IN TRUCKS
COMPOSITES REDUCE WHEEL WEIGHT
USE OF NATURAL FIBER COMPOSITES
REINFORCED POLYAMIDES USED FOR FRONT-END CARRIER
POLYAMIDES AND POLYESTERS REPLACE SMC IN MODULAR TRUCKS
QUESTIONS OF ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF CARBON FIBER COMPOSITES IN AUTOMOBILES
GROWTH OF REINFORCED EPOXIES IN AUTOMOBILES
ARE LARGE AUTOMAKERS BEING TOO CAUTIOUS TO MAKE THE 2025 DEADLINE OF 54.5 MILES PER GALLON?
CHINESE AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS AIMING FOR INCREASED PLASTIC USAGE
GLOBAL CURRENT AND FUTURE HISTORY OF AUTOMOTIVE MATERIAL USAGE
DRIVING THE CHANGE IN AUTOMOBILE PARTS
GENERAL MOTORS AND TEIJIN TECHNICAL CENTER
TORAY JOINS WITH DAIMLER
NEW ORGANIZATIONS BEING FORMED TO MEET CHALLENGES OF LOWERING MILES PER GALLON
NEW AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE PARTNERSHIPS
OTHER RECENT CORPORATE ACTIVITIES RELATED TO AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITES
ANOTHER INDUSTRY SURVEY
SUPPLYING PRODUCTS TO THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY IS A DIFFICULT TASK
ENGINE OIL PANS SEEM TO BE NEXT TO USE COMPOSITES
GENERAL MOTORS ADMITS THAT THERE ARE MANY TARGETS FOR LIGHTWEIGHTING

Chapter- 8: WHAT IS THE REALITY OF CARBON FIBER FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY TODAY? 5 $255
AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITES ALLIANCE
SELECTED AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE ADVANCES
CARBON FIBERS STILL NEED SEVERAL IMPROVEMENTS
ANOTHER IMPORTANT AUTOMOTIVE SURVEY ON COMPOSITES

Chapter- 9: CARBON FIBERS 30 $1533
INTRODUCTION
THE "LINE-UP" FROM RAW MATERIALS TO COMPOSITE PRODUCTS
COMPETITIVE COMPARISONS
CARBON FIBER SUPPLY CHAIN
AUTOMOTIVE USAGE
GLOBAL OUTLOOK

Chapter- 10: RECYCLING OF AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITES 6 $307
OVERVIEW
COMPOSITE STRUCTURE END-OF-LIFE ISSUES
DO REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITES REQUIRE A BETTER SOLUTION FOR THEIR END-OF-LIFE?
EFFORTS IN THERMOSET RECYCLING

Chapter- 11: CONFERENCES, MEETINGS AND TRADE SHOWS 3 $153
THE AMERICAN COMPOSITES MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATION (ACMA)

Chapter- 12: THE EUROPEAN UNION 4 $204
OVERVIEW
MOTOR VEHICLE FUEL TAXES
SAFETY STANDARDS
AUTOMOTIVE USE OF COMPOSITES

Chapter- 13: ASIAN ACTIVITIES IN AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTWEIGHTING 4 $204
JAPAN
CHINA
INDIA

Chapter- 14: OTHER COMPOSITE-RELATED AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ACTIVITIES 2 $102
FORD'S NEW EFFORTS TO INCREASE CARBON FIBER USAGE
ELECTRIC CAR IMPACT ON AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE MARKET

Chapter- 15: RESINS USED IN AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITES 24 $1226
THERMOSET VERSUS THERMOPLASTIC
RESIN CHOICES FOR USE IN AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITES
THERMOSET RESINS
THERMOPLASTICS

Chapter- 16: MARKET FORECASTS AND ESTIMATES 2 $102
U.S. MOTOR VEHICLE MONTHLY ASSEMBLIES
THE OVERALL GROWTH OF GLOBAL PLASTICS USAGE IN AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION IS ABOUT 8% PER YEAR.

Chapter- 17: AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS 7 $358
OVERVIEW

Chapter- 18: COMPANY PROFILES 20 $1022
ADVANCED CARBON TECHNOLOGIES INC.
ADVANCED COMPOSITES INC.
ALBANY ENGINEERED COMPOSITES
AOC LLC
ASBURY CARBONS
BULK MOLDING COMPOUNDS INC.
THE COMPOSITES GROUP
CONTINENTAL STRUCTURAL PLASTICS
COOK COMPOSITES AND POLYMERS (CPP)
CORE MOLDING TECHNOLOGIES
CYTEC CORP.
DSM ENGINEERING PLASTICS NORTH AMERICA
FERRO CORP.
GLASFORMS INC.
GURIT SERVICES AG
HANWHA AZDEL SPECIALTIES
HAYSITE REINFORCED PLASTICS
HEXCEL CORP.
IDI COMPOSITES INTERNATIONAL
INTERPLASTIC CORP.
JOHNS MANVILLE
KRINGLAN COMPOSITES AG
MERIDIAN LIGHTWEIGHT TECHNOLOGIES
MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL CORP.
MITSUBISHI RAYON CO. LTD.
MITSUI CHEMICALS
MOMENTIVE SPECIALTY CHEMICALS
MORGAN ADVANCED MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
NIPPON GRAPHITE FIBER CORP.
PLASAN CARBON COMPOSITES
QUANTUM COMPOSITES
REICHHOLD CHEMICAL
ROYAL TENCATE CORPORATE EMEA
RTP COMPANY
SAERTEX GMBH & COMPANY
SCOTT BADER COMPANY LIMITED
SGL CARBON GROUP
SPENCER COMPOSITE CORP.
TEIJIN, LIMITED
TOHO TENAX COMPANY LIMITED
TORAY INDUSTRIES INC.
ZOLTEK COMPANIES INC.

Chapter- 19: APPENDIX 2 $102
SELECTED KEY ACRONYMS

List of Tables

Summary Table : GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE MARKET, THROUGH 2020
Table 1 : RESINS USED FOR SPECIFIC EXTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE PARTS
Table 2 : RESINS USED FOR SPECIFIC EXTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE PARTS
Table 3 : RESINS USED FOR SPECIFIC EXTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE PARTS
Table 4 : RESINS USED FOR SPECIFIC INTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE PARTS
Table 5 : SELECTED AUTOMOTIVE UNDER-THE-HOOD REINFORCED RESIN COMPOSITES BY PART
Table 6 : AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS STIFFNESS AND AVERAGE PRICE
Table 7 : MAJOR END USES AND APPLICATIONS OF HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL
Table 8 : COMMONLY USED PLASTICS IN TRANSPORTATION APPLICATIONS
Table 9 : GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE CONSUMPTION SHARE BY MATERIAL, 2014-2020
Table 10 : SELECTED MANUFACTURING PROCESSES AND PROPERTIES OF REINFORCED THERMOSET COMPOSITES BY RESIN TYPE
Table 11 : ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF CARBON-CARBON COMPOSITES
Table 12 : GLOBAL MATERIAL USAGE SHARE IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY, 1977-2035
Table 13 : KEY GLOBAL TIER 1 AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLIERS
Table 14 : ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF CARBON-CARBON COMPOSITES
Table 15 : GLOBAL CARBON FIBER PRODUCTION SHARE BY REGION, 2014
Table 16 : GLOBAL CARBON FIBER SHARE BY LEADING PRODUCERS
Table 17 : REINFORCED THERMOSET PLASTIC COMPOSITE PROPERTIES AND MANUFACTURING PROCESSES
Table 18 : KEY INGREDIENTS OF UNSATURATED POLYESTER RESIN FORMULATIONS IN DESCENDING ORDER OF COMMERCIAL USE
Table 19 : TRADE NAMES OF KEY FIBER-REINFORCED POLYPROPYLENE
Table 20 : U.S. AUTOMOTIVE SALES, 2001-2015
Table 21 : TYPICAL COMPOSITE APPLICATIONS IN MOTOR VEHICLES
Table 22 : GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020
Table 23 : GLOBAL EXTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020
Table 24 : GLOBAL UNDER-THE-HOOD AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE MARKET BY PART, THROUGH 2020
Table 25 : GLOBAL INTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020
Table 26 : ASIAN AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020
Table 27 : EUROPEAN AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020
Table 28 : NORTH AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020
Table 29 : GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE MARKET BY RESIN TYPE, THROUGH 2020
Table 30 : GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE CARBON FIBER MARKET, 2015-2025

List of Figures

Summary Figure : GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITE MARKET, 2014-2020

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