Textile, Fiber, and Composites
Overview of the global coated fabrics market
The global coated fabrics market is anticipated to grow at a steady rate and will post a CAGR of more than 4% during the forecast period. The increasing need for lightweight automobiles will drive the growth prospects for the global coated fabrics market until the end of 2021. Coated fabrics in the automotive industry are used in various products such as headlining, seating assembly, carpeting, trims, covers, hoses, belts, and airbags. In addition, the use of effective lightweight materials in electric vehicles reduces the overall weight of the automobile by reducing the number of components. One of the major factors responsible for the increasing popularity of lightweight automobiles is the growing need for fuel efficiency to curb emissions.
The increasing demand for non-woven coated fabrics will drive the growth prospects for the global coated fabrics market in the coming years. Non-woven coated fabrics are predominantly used for industrial, hygienic, and medical applications. The conventional form of manufacturing coated fabrics such as PU foam and woven fabrics is now being replaced by non-woven coated fabrics because these fabrics have superior qualities over woven coated fabrics. Some of the functionalities offered by non-woven fabrics are absorbency, liquid repellency, resilience, stretch, softness, strength, flame retardancy, washability, cushioning, filtering, and sterility and barrier to bacteria. Additionally, the cost of production of non-woven coated fabrics is much lesser than that of woven coated fabrics.
Competitive landscape and key vendors
The global coated fabrics market is highly fragmented and competitive due to the presence of a large number of regional and
Overview of the global automotive composites market
Market research analysts at Technavio predict that the global automotive composites market will grow steadily during the next four years and post a CAGR of about 9% by 2021.. This market research analysis identifies the increasing demand for fuel-efficient and green vehicles as one of the primary growth factors for the automotive composite market. High fuel costs and fluctuating fuel prices have resulted in the shift in customer preference towards fuel-efficient and green vehicles that can use alternative fuels. This trend is mainly witnessed in the regions such as APAC where the price-sensitive customers mostly prefer fuel-efficient automobiles that offer high mileage. As a result, automotive manufacturers have started focusing on the development of green vehicles that can be powered by alternative fuels and advanced fuel technologies. In addition to their eco-friendly traits, the introduction of initiatives from various governments will also induce the adoption of green vehicles, which will consequently fuel the demand for automotive composites to manufacture these vehicles.
This market research and analysis estimates that in terms of geographical regions, APAC will be the major revenue contributor to the automotive composite materials market throughout the predicted period. The presence of major automotive manufacturers such as China and leading carbon fiber producers such as Japan, China, and Taiwan, will aid in the growth of the market. Furthermore, the rise in demand for passenger cars and commercial
Overview of the global carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) market to grow at a CAGR of around 12% between 2016 and 2020. Most automotive components that were made of aluminum, steel, iron, and plastics are being replaced by components made of CFRPs. CFRP materials do not degrade by corrosion throughout the product's life and reduce the maintenance costs. CFRPs are also gaining preference over e-glass for the manufacture of lightweight and fuel-efficient vehicles. The extensive R&D of carbon fiber has led to the increased acceptance of carbon composite materials for manufacturing diverse structures in automobiles. Carbon composites aid original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to meet the low carbon emission regulations by minimizing the curb weight of vehicles. CFRPs were primarily used to manufacture the high-end cars and race cars, but have gained traction in normal cars to produce body panels. The automotive manufacturers in the US are using CFRPs in high-performance cars, including the Shelby Mustang GT500KR, the SRT Viper, and the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
In terms of geography, Europe was the largest market for CFRP in 2015 and is estimated to grow considerably in the coming years due to the concentration of prime consumers of carbon fibers in the region. The growing focus on energy conservation in the construction industry has augmented the use of carbon fibers, especially for the replacement of
Overview of the global carbon fiber in sports equipment market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global carbon fiber in sports equipment market to grow at a CAGR of almost 7% during the forecast period. Carbon fibers are highly preferred for the manufacture of sports equipment like rackets and sports sticks, majorly due to their exceptional properties such as light weight, improved resistance, high strength to weight ratio, and stiffness. With the increasing demand for advanced sports equipment, the requirement for carbon fibers to produce such advanced equipment is increasing substantially. Carbon fibers possess properties like fiber yield, consistent sizing content, and processing characteristics like low fuzz or even tow spreadability, which make them suitable for applications in the sports industry. Also, by using carbon fibers, the sports equipment manufacturers can control the tensile strength and the tensile modulus of the high-performance equipment.
Geographically, North America is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period due to the presence of well-developed sports sectors in countries such as the US and Canada. The US and Mexico are the highest producers of carbon fibers in North America. Sports such as golf, ice hockey, baseball, tennis, badminton, lacrosse, and recreational activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and fishing are highly popular in North America, making it the largest revenue contributing region in the global market. Since most consumers in this region prefer using advanced quality sports equipment, it will subsequently increase the use of lightweight and efficient materials such as
Overview of the global non-woven fabrics market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global non-woven fabrics market to grow at a CAGR of almost 7% by 2020. The rising demand for hygiene products such as baby diapers, toddler training pants, feminine hygiene and personal care products, and adult incontinence products has been driving the non-woven fabrics market during the forecast period. Several hospitals and clinics are increasingly using non-woven disinfected fabrics to eliminate the risks of cross-contamination and infections, which has subsequently surged the sales of Class IV surgical garments and face masks. By observing the rapidly growing demand for these disposable non-woven products, manufacturers are coming up with innovative hygiene products in the market. For instance, Sustainable Heath Enterprises (SHE) has launched a new kind of sanitary napkin, which is made using unused banana fiber in Rwanda. Besides the healthcare sector, there is huge scope for the expansion of the non-woven fabrics market across several new end-user segments like agriculture and the footwear. With the growing use of non-woven fabrics in various niche markets, the overall market will undergo significant growth during the forecast period.
In terms of geography, Asia dominated the non-woven fabrics market and will continue to be the leading market in the coming years. The large share of the region can be attributed to the high birth rate and the robust size of the geriatric population, which creates a massive demand for medical and hygiene products. The availability of large volumes of low-cost raw materials and cheap labor expenses in Asia makes it a potential market for the vendors who are looking for expansion. China, India, and Japan are the major contributors to the non-woven
Overview of the global technical textiles market
The global technical textiles market is anticipated to grow at a steady rate and will post a CAGR of more than 4% during the forecast period. The growing demand for geotextiles will drive the growth prospects for the global technical textiles market in the coming years. Geotextiles are robust technical textiles, which are characterized by properties like their puncture resistance, larger elongation before breaking, filter characteristics during strains, and high ultraviolet protection. They have an extended range of mechanical and physical properties that can be altered by using different polymers. Some of the major applications of geotextiles include the stabilization and separation, filtration, reinforcement, transmission, and erosion control. Furthermore, geotextiles prevent the mixing of smaller materials with bigger particles to reduce erosion and increase the holding capacity of weak soils. Also, the geotextile material that lies under the roadbed strengthens the soft soil and conserves the road embankment. Additionally, some of the erosion control applications include slope protection, stream and canal banks, diversion ditches, scour protection, beaches, and culvert outlets.
In terms of geography, APAC accounted for the maximum market share during 2015 and will continue to dominate the market in the forthcoming years. Some of the major factors that fuel the technical ceramics market in the region are the rising awareness regarding technical textiles among individuals, rising disposable incomes, and the demand for wearable technology. Also, the growth of end-user industries such as the automotive, agriculture, protective textiles, healthcare, defense, and infrastructure development is encouraging the growth of the market in the region. Other factors that propels the market’s growth in the region includes advancements in technologies and favorable
Textiles are woven materials composed of flexible natural or artificial fibers. Fibers are natural or synthetic components of composite materials, while composites are made from two or more materials with different properties to produce a material with characteristics that vary from the original materials.