Applications of composites materials are growing. More sectors are using the materials for various applications.
When it comes to end-users, what are the key applications currently out there which are using composites materials?
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Composites applications in the aerospace market
The aerospace industry is the major end-use sector for carbon fibre composites, which also consume a significant amount of glass fibre composites for interior and aesthetic applications.
Composites applications in the automotive market
Automotive is another consumer of composites, but so far the use of composite is mostly limited to luxury cars and big vehicles like buses and trucks. The penetration of composites in the mass production of cars is still low and highly likely in the coming decade. Several car companies have announced the use of composites in their vehicles in mass production after the success of BMW’s mass production of i-series composite cars.
Composites applications in the energy market
Wind energy has been using glass fibre composite intensively particularly for making wind turbine blades. With the expected growth in wind energy, demand for the wind composites is also expected to grow in tandem, especially in China, North America, Europe and India. With the increase in the size of offshore wind turbines in Europe, demand for the large tow carbon fibre is also increasing in Europe.
Composites applications in the construction market
The construction sector is also a major consumer of composites materials, especially glass fibre composites. The US and Europe are the key players in the construction composites market.
Composites applications in other markets
Other end-users of composites include pipe and tanks, support goods, electrical household appliances. We expect that composites will penetrate in other end-users in the coming decade as many other sectors are trying to adopt composites.