Core Material for Composites Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Type (Foam Core, Honeycomb, and Wood), End-user Industry (Aerospace & Defense, Marine, Construction, Wind Energy, Automotive, Consumer Goods, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East & Africa).

Market Snapshot

core materials for composites market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >8 %

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Market Overview

The global core material for composites market is expected to witness a CAGR of over 8% during the forecast period. Increasing usage of composites in the aerospace industry and growing usage in wind energy domain are likely to be the driving factors for the market studied.

  • Factors, such as lack of economical manufacturing processes for bulk-volume applications and the market being highly capital intensive, are likely to hinder the growth of the market.
  • The emergence of PET foam and innovations aimed at lowering the costs of end products are likely to provide opportunities for the market to grow through the years to come.

Scope of the Report

The global core material for composites market includes:  

Foam Core
PVC Foam
Polystyrene Foam
Polyurethane Foam
SAN Co-polymer Foam
Other Thermoplastics
Aluminum Honeycomb
Nomex Honeycomb
Thermoplastic Honeycomb
Other Woods
End-user Industry
Aerospace and Defense
Wind Energy
Consumer Goods
Other End-user Industries
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa (MEA)
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Growing Usage in Aerospace and Defense Sector

  • Composite materials are widely used in the aerospace and defense sector. The industry is one of the first to use composite materials for an ever-increasing range of applications and remains at the technological forefront of composite development.
  • These materials are highly suitable for several interior and structural applications, demonstrating a unique combination of properties, combining excellent mechanical performance, JAR/FAR fire protection regulations from fire smoke, toxicity (FST), and heat release.
  • These composites are used in large structural components, in addition to interior and flooring parts in regional and non-commercial aircraft. These materials not only increase the durability but also reduce the overall cost. Some of the applications include panel structures, cargo, pallets and vessels, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
  • The global composites for the aerospace market is likely to project 33% growth, in terms of volume, over the next five years. The burgeoning demand for composites in the aerospace and defense sector is projected to boost the demand for core material for composites, during the forecast period.
Core Material for Composites Market Revenue Share

United States to Dominate the North America Region

  • United States has the largest aerospace industry in the world, one of the largest automotive, marine, and construction markets, which is continuously expanding at a steady pace.  
  • The total commercial aircraft fleet in the country is expected to reach 8,290 in 2038, owing to the growth in air cargo. Additionally, the US mainliner carrier fleet is expected to grow at an average rate of 45 aircraft per year, as the existing fleet is getting older.
  • Exports of aerospace components to countries, such as France, China, and Germany, along with robust consumer expenditure in the United States, is driving the manufacturing activities in the aerospace industry.
  • The United States is the second-largest producer of automotive, after China. Various automotive manufacturing companies are continuously investing in the country, amid threats from the government to increase levies on auto imports from Mexico.
  • The gradual growth of the commercial construction sector, primarily in office space construction, is likely to have a positive impact on the market studied. Additionally, the rise in home sales, coupled with the renovation of the existing houses, is boosting the demand for residential construction in the United States.
  • The country is also one of the major manufacturers of wind turbines. The top three wind turbine manufacturers, measured by the cumulative share of the US wind turbine fleet, are GE Renewable Energy, Vestas, and Siemens, with more than 75% of the share.
  • Such factors have led to a significant increase in demand for core material for composites in the country and are likely to continue to do so through the forecast period as well.
Core Material for Composites Market Regional Trends

Competitive Landscape

The global core material for composites market is partially fragmented with the presence of many regional and global players. Some of the major players operating in the market studied include, Diab International AB, 3A Composites, and Gurit Holding AG, amongst others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand from the Wind Energy Domain

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Use of Composites in the Aerospace Industry

      3. 4.1.3 Emerging Applications in the Automotive Market

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Highly Capital-intensive Market

      2. 4.2.2 Lack of Economical Manufacturing Processes for Bulk-volume Applications

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Foam Core

        1. PVC Foam

        2. Polystyrene Foam

        3. Polyurethane Foam

        4. PMMA Foam

        5. SAN Co-polymer Foam

        6. Other Thermoplastics

      2. 5.1.2 Honeycomb

        1. Aluminum Honeycomb

        2. Nomex Honeycomb

        3. Thermoplastic Honeycomb

      3. 5.1.3 Wood

        1. Balsa

        2. Other Woods

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Aerospace and Defense

      2. 5.2.2 Marine

      3. 5.2.3 Construction

      4. 5.2.4 Wind Energy

      5. 5.2.5 Automotive

      6. 5.2.6 Consumer Goods

      7. 5.2.7 Other End-user Industries

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. ASEAN Countries

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa (MEA)

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 3A Composites

      2. 6.4.2 Armacell International SA

      3. 6.4.3 Changzhou Tiansheng New Materials Co. Ltd

      4. 6.4.4 Diab International AB

      5. 6.4.5 Euro-Composites SA

      6. 6.4.6 Evonik Industries AG

      7. 6.4.7 Gurit Holding AG

      8. 6.4.8 Hexcel Corporation

      9. 6.4.9 Plascore Incorporated

      10. 6.4.10 Saertex GmbH & Co.KG

      11. 6.4.11 The Gill Corporation

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Emergence of PET Foam

    2. 7.2 Innovations Aimed at Lowering the Costs of End Products

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Core Material for Composites Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Core Material for Composites Market is growing at a CAGR of >8% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Diab International AB, 3A Composites, Gurit Holding AG, Euro-Composites SA, Hexcel Corporation are the major companies operating in Core Material for Composites Market.

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