United States Automotive Glass Fiber Composites Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020 - 2025)
発行: Mordor Intelligence LLP
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The United States automotive glass fiber composites market is expected to register a CAGR of over 3.5%, during the forecast period, 2020 - 2025.
The major growth drivers associated with this market are the rise in automotive production and the increasing demand for durable and lightweight materials because of stringent government regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
The future of the global automotive glass fiber composites market looks bright with opportunities in different automobile applications, such as interiors, exteriors, structural assembly, powertrain and engine components, electrical and electronics, and others. The market for glass fiber composites in automobile structures is expected to be the fastest-growing segment, due to the wide variety of applications.
Strategic alliances between car manufacturers, glass fiber, and resin suppliers are the trends that have a direct impact on the dynamics of the automotive composites industry. Within the intermediates type, short fiber thermoplastic (SFT), long fiber thermoplastic (LFT), and continuous fiber thermoplastic (CFT) are the major ones that are used in automotive applications. SFT is expected to be the largest market by value, mainly driven by applications in powertrain and engine components applications, which feature small complex-shaped components.
Increasing Adoption of Glass Fiber Composites in Automobiles
Although automobiles have been around for more than a century, the materials they are made of have mostly remained the same. Only since the past few decades that advanced materials, ranging from magnesium alloys to glass fiber composites, have made their way into new-generation cars. Advanced materials, such as glass fiber composites, are essential for boosting the fuel economy of modern cars, maintaining performance and safety. Since it takes lesser energy to accelerate a lighter object than a heavier one, lightweight materials offer great potential for increasing vehicle efficiency. A 10% reduction in the vehicle's weight can transpire to a 6-8% increase in fuel economy.
Manufacturers are working to reduce overall vehicle weight, which lowers the energy required to operate the vehicle, increasing fuel economy. The Body-In-White system is the critical focal point for automakers looking for fuel savings because of its weight reduction potential, importance to crash safety, and impact on compounded weight reduction for other sub-systems, such as the powertrain.
Glass fiber composites are materials that have become popular in the past few years. One of the reasons for fiberglass composite's relative success is that it has several advantages when compared to steel. It is corrosion-resistant, has significant chemical resistance, and is lightweight (three times less dense than steel). Fiberglass composite is mainly used in bumpers, hoods, and casings. Another area where this material is used is V-belts and timing belts, where glass strings are impregnated with rubber acting as reinforcement. Abrasion resistance is one other advantage of the fiberglass composite, which is why it is used for producing clutches and brake pads. Clutch disks are reinforced with woven fiberglass composites to maintain their integrity.
United States Has the Largest Market in North America
In the United States, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) implemented laws to improve fuel efficiency for automobiles categories by 2025. There is an increasing growth rate for miles per gallon (MPG) regulation, which is growing at 5% every year for all segments of automobiles.
Often materials are not recycled and sent to landfills. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed life cycle assessment (LCA) studies to detect higher emissions over the vehicle's entire life cycle. LCA looks at resources, energy, emissions, extraction phase, end-of-life phase, and disposal, and recycling. As a result, there is growing importance being given to lightweight glass fiber composites and its recyclability process due to regulations to limit GHG emissions from vehicles.
The United States is touted to be the fastest-growing market due to the presence of many car manufacturers, such as General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, who are adopting glass fiber composites in their cars. Government regulations, such as the greenhouse gas emission target in the is also paving the way for OEMs to incorporate lightweight materials to decrease the overall vehicle weight.
The United States is one of the leading automobile manufacturing countries globally. The country has recovered to a reasonable extent from the economic recession that adversely affected the country's economic condition. More than 4.7 million automobiles were annually sold in the United States. With an increase in the production of passenger vehicles and SUVs, the demand for fiberglass in the reinforcements of automotive components is expected to increase during the forecast period significantly.
The United States automotive glass fiber composites market is fragmented with existing market players such as Solvay Group, 3B (Braj Binani Group), Owens Corning, Veplas Group, and SAERTEX GmbH and Co.KG, who holds the most significant shares. To have the edge over its competitors' companies are making joint-ventures, partnerships, launching new products with advanced technology.