US demand for polymer materials containing advanced fiber reinforcements is forecast to rise almost 15 percent per year to $10.2 billion in 2016. Aerospace will remain the dominant and fastest growing market, followed by the energy market. Carbon will continue as the dominant and most rapidly growing fiber, followed by S-glass.
This study analyzes the $5.1 billion US high performance composite industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2001, 2006 and 2011, and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by fiber (e.g., carbon fiber, s-glass, aramid fiber), market (e.g., aerospace, industrial and automotive, defense and safety, energy, consumer, construction) and resin (e.g., epoxy, thermoplastics, polyester, phenolics).
The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 36 industry players, including Hexcel, Cytec and Toray.