Carbon Fiber 2012 conference offers annual supply/demand outlook

CompositesWorld's Carbon Fiber 2012 conference, scheduled for Dec. 4-6 in La Jolla, Calif., USA, will feature its annual outlook on carbon fiber supply and demand, presented by Chris Red and Peter Zimm.

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CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, as well as the CompositesWorld Weekly e-newsletter, is finalizing the agenda for its annual Carbon Fiber conference, scheduled for Dec. 4-6 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., USA.

The pre-conference seminar, scheduled for Dec. 4, will emphasize, as it has in the past, carbon fiber supply and demand. "2012 Global Market for Carbon Fiber Composites:
Maintaining Competitiveness in the Evolving Materials Market," will be presented by Chris Red, principle of Composites Forecasts and Consulting LLC and Peter Zimm, principle of ICF International.

Over the past decade, energy concerns have dramatically reshaped the markets for aircraft and energy products. This trend has placed a premium on efficiency, performance and other measures of ownership costs. The high strength and performance characteristics of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) relative to many traditional construction materials has resulted in a punctuated adoption across aerospace, energy, industrial and consumer product markets. Over the coming decade, the factors supporting the growth of CFRP are expected to intensify, resulting in an expected 250 percent growth in materials demand. Carbon fiber materials, however, face advancing competition in the form of advanced metal alloys, which must both compete and be compatible with carbon composites. This seminar will provide a comprehensive look at how the end-user markets and advances in competing materials technologies are impacting the future market for carbon fiber materials and related supply chains.

The presentation will consist of three parts:

Part 1. Carbon Fiber End-Use Demand

  • Aerospace
  • Energy and industrial
  • Consumer products
  • Market development scenarios

Part 2. Carbon Fiber and Supply Chain

  • Global/ regional production capacity
  • New market entrants
  • Balance of supply and demand
  • Impact on related CFRP supply chains and semi-processed goods

Part 3. The Future Competitiveness of Carbon Fibers in Performance Driven Markets

  • Competing material supply chains
  • Major challenges to current and forward competitiveness
  • New materials
  • Manufacturing constraints/efficiency
  • Disruptive trends and technologies

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