#MULTITUDEOFMARKETS

Fabrics/Preforms

The markets: Construction (2020)

Composites materials advance construction projects globally, including combinations of wood and carbon fiber, foldable composites and more.

Pultrusion

The markets: Civil infrastructure (2020)

Aging infrastructure continues to offer a potentially huge market for composite materials. According to a 2019 report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, more than 47,000 bridges in the U.S. are in poor condition and in need of urgent repairs. 

Carbon Fibers

The markets: Boatbuilding and marine (2020)

In the boatbuilding and marine markets, the increasing size and number of outboards per boat is driving the need for reduced weight in composite hulls and decks.

Curing

The markets: Automotive (2020)

As the global auto industry hurtles toward its confrontation with US fuel economy and European Union (EU) emissions standards in 2017, the pressure built to find more radical solutions to lightweighting.

Aerospace

The markets: Aerospace (2020)

With the 737 MAX grounded, the global aerospace supply chain was thrown into disarray in 2019. Still, several new programs on the horizon portend increasing composites use in commercial aerostructures for coming decades.

Wind/Energy

Composites 2020: A multitude of markets

Going into 2020, factors influencing composites manufacturing include robotics and automation, out-of-autoclave processes, thermoplastic composites, Composites 4.0 and additive manufacturing.

Construction

The markets: Utility infrastructure (2020)

Corroded metal infrastructure continues to be a problem, and composite materials, including new advancements in graphene nanotubes, are providing solutions. 

Filament Winding

The markets: Pressure vessels (2020)

High-pressure gas storage vessels represent one of the biggest and fastest-growing markets for advanced composites.

Fabrics/Preforms

The markets: Sports and recreation (2020)

The use of lightweight and high-performance materials in sports equipment continues to increase.

Wind/Energy

The markets: Oil and gas (2020)

Composites continue to play a critical role in onshore hydraulic fracturing, and thermoplastic composites are on the rise for deepwater pipelines.