Since the emergence of composite materials in manufacturing, this material has been increasingly used in almost all major industrial fields. The demand for final products made of composite materials has increased significantly, and the future is promising for materials.
In industries that have been widely used, the rise of composite materials is of great significance. In the United States, the composite materials industry has grown at a rate of 6.3% in the past year, and the value behind this increase is as high as $8.2 billion. The most popular composite material is glass fiber/polyester resin composite.
The most important markets for composite materials are usually transportation, construction, pipelines and storage tanks. Although as early as 2013, the United States was the largest consumer of composite materials, followed by Germany, but China has now surpassed both and has risen to the first place in terms of per capita consumption of composite materials, making it the largest consumer of composite materials. country. In the next period of time, the main factors driving the growth of composite materials use include:
1. Transportation and cars
Transportation and automobiles can understand that it is the largest consumer of composite materials. The composite material is hard, tensile, strong, and can meet all requirements. This makes them very suitable for all car needs, in which the car must be lightweight and strong at the same time. Composite materials are the ideal solution for this combination.
In the past few years, the transportation industry in the United States has continued to grow, and the use of composite materials has also continued to grow. The use of glass fiber inside and outside the vehicle has been the main factor driving the growth of composite materials in this field. Aluminum, high-strength steel, magnesium, and other composite materials have been key drivers for making vehicles lighter to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
In addition to automobiles, the aerospace industry has also used composite materials extensively in the past few years. In fact, the carbon fiber composite material content in the structure of new-generation aircraft such as Boeing 787 and Airbus 350 is as high as 50%. The growth rate of the aerospace industry is even 10.3% higher than that of the automotive industry instead of 6.3% of the automotive industry. According to forecasts Will make the aerospace industry the highest consumer of composite materials.
In addition, Boeing and Airbus have a large backlog of aircraft, which has led to the accumulation of demand for composite materials in the past few years. Of course, this number will definitely increase this year.
3. Construction field
In the past few years, the use of composite materials in the construction industry has also increased significantly by 4.9%. This is because developers are switching to composite materials that are better and stronger than traditional brick-and-mortar. This demand is also stimulated by government incentives to transform old infrastructure (such as bridges and roads). At present, the construction industry has become the second largest consumer of composite materials. As construction is still in progress, this situation will continue.
4. Piping and storage tanks
This is currently one of the most famous composite material consumer industries on the market. As oil and gas producers and fuel, wastewater and sewage pipeline production companies have seen the practicality of composite materials, the pipeline and storage tank industry has been trying to expand the scale of composite applications.
According to the characteristic requirements, this is understandable, because the composite material is strong and non-corrosive, which is very suitable for all pipelines and storage tanks. The industry's demand for composite materials increased by 5.2%, which is the highest among different industries in the composite materials industry.
5. Renewable energy
Due to the light weight and high performance of turbine blades and motors and other materials, composite materials have begun to play an important role. As expected, the composite material is both lightweight and strong, and has high stiffness. This makes the performance of turbines and other equipment very good, thereby giving a further boost to the growing renewable energy market. The U.S. government has commissioned the construction of a large number of wind energy farms, which will be carried out in the following years, which will consume a large amount of composite materials.
The above factors are the main reasons why the composite material industry has performed so well in recent years. In recent years, as the adoption rate of composite materials in the market continues to increase, they will occupy a large share of the entire economy. There are good reasons for this, because composite materials have excellent capabilities to meet the market’s demand for lightweight and strong materials