Germany Automotive Carbon Fiber Composites Market - Growth Trends and Forecasts (2020 - 2025)

The Germany Automotive Carbon fiber Composites is Segmented by by Application Type (Structural Assembly, Power Train Components, Interior, Exterior and Others) and Production Type (Hand Layup, Resin Transfer Molding, Vacuum Infusion Processing, Injection Molding and Compression Molding)

Market Snapshot

Study Period:

2020-2025

Base Year:

2019

CAGR:

11 %

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Market Overview

The Germany automotive carbon fiber composites market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 11% during the forecasted period (2020 - 2025)

  • The German automotive industry is one of the largest, with a turnover of over EUR 435.3 billion in 2019. The export value was EUR 217.8 billion, Europe remains the primary market for these export vehicles. Other leading importers of German manufactured vehicles are North and South America. Volkswagen group topped a ranking of the leading manufacturer based on global sales, with almost 11 million units sold worldwide in 2019. In 2019 3.6 million passenger cars were sold in Germany, which was a slight year on the increase from 2018.
  • Carbon fiber composites have superior modulus and strength, high impact resistance, and many other advantages like ease of recyclability, corrosion resistance, and processability. These carbon fiber composites have been increasingly used in the automotive industry to meet the increasing tightened corporate average fuel efficiency standards.
  • Car manufacturers are forced to reduce dependence on diesel technology due to recent Volkswagen diesel-gate scandal, and they are focusing on electric vehicles. With adaptation of Kyoto Protocol at COP3, the automobile manufacturers are looking for alternate lightweight materials and carbon fiber composites have proven to be that alternative.
  • The new energy efficiency goal of Germany is built on previous requirement of maximum 95g CO2/KM of emissions for newly registered LDVs in 2020 which corresponds to 4.1 L/100 Km for gasoline-powered vehicles and 3.6 L/100Km for diesel vehicles (WLTC Test).The European union target for CO2 emission reduction by 2030, 37.5% for cars and 31% for light commercial vehicles. German government has also planned to decarbonise all the sectors by 2050 to eliminate fossil fuel usage which will have positive impact on this market.

Scope of the report

The Germany automotive carbon fiber composites market report contains the latest trends and technological developments in the market and demand by application type, production type, and share of major players in the market.

By Production Type
Hand Layup
Resin Transfer Molding
Vacuum Infusion Processing
Injection Molding
Compression Molding
By Application
Structural Assembly
Power train Component
Interior
Exterior
Others

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Key Market Trends

Technological Advancements Driving Growth in the Market

The automotive industry is constantly looking for methods to make cars cheaper, lighter, stronger, and faster and they have been trying to use carbon fiber composite materials since the early 70’s. Germany ranked 9th in the list for leading countries based on carbon fiber production with 5.8 thousand metric tons being produced alone in 2018. Today every racing car has most of the components made from carbon fiber. This technology was soon used in passenger and commercial vehicles as OEMs were looking for lightweight materials to stay in line with emission norms across the world, but also with same or more strength than traditional metals.

 In the automotive industry, carbon fiber composites are used in luxury and racing cars due to the high cost of carbon fiber composites. Carbon fiber composites cost ranges from 7 USD to 20 USD per pound. SGL, and Toray are leading manufacturers in Germany. The average price of the fiber produced by these companies is $8/Lb-$11/Lb range. Manufacturers are trying to reduce the cost to around 4 USD to make it feasible to be used in large scale economy vehicles and commercial vehicles. 3-D printing technology is being used to produce the required shape of carbon composites, which has proven to reduce cost and time. It allows for high accuracy in the manufacturing of parts of various sizes. 

The German carbon fiber manufacturing industry is also facing constant threat from Chinese manufacturers who are providing cheaper alternatives. However, right now due to the high cost the market is expected to see slow growth, but with the technological improvements, it is expected to grow exponentially during the latter half of the forecasted period.

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Increasing Adopting of Carbon Fiber in the Automotive Industry

The applications of carbon fiber composites in automotive are large and rapidly growing. OEMs are increasing spending money into R&D to develop cost-effective carbon fiber composite parts that are much lighter than steel but meet the strength requirements. This helps is boosting the fuel economy while maintaining performance and safety. Incorporating carbon fiber into vehicles has proven to improve fuel economy by 6% to 8%. Ultra-high elastic carbon fiber has a high elastic modulus, ten times more elastic modulus than steel. During the forecasted period, ultra-high elastic carbon fiber is expected to have relatively higher growth. During the forecasted period (2020 - 2025), the sales are expected to increase. Increasing demand for luxury cars will create a requirement for carbon fiber composites. In 2018, 37 billion EUR worth automotive were exported to the United States, making it the largest export market for Germany. The United States regulations mandate that by 2025, the average fuel economy standard must meet 54.5 miles per gallon. As per the US Department of Energy (DOE), reducing the weight of vehicles by 10% yields an increase of 6-8% in fuel economy. As a result, companies have started using materials like carbon fiber composites to make vehicles lightweight and fuel-efficient. The usage of glass fiber composites aids in reducing vehicle by 25%. EU emission regulations mandate a mere 95 g/Km of CO2 by 2021, with another 15% reduction by 2025, and in 2030, a further 30% reduction from 2021.

According to European directives and standards (2000/53/EC-End Life 0f Vehicles), US Department of Transportation, the automotive manufacturing industry has to follow certain norms in regarding environmentally friendly recycling and dismantling of vehicles, higher fuel efficiency standards, and increase in the use of recyclable materials which offers high potential for the carbon fiber composites market to grow during the forecasted period.

A slowdown in global economic growth and structural change in the automotive industry are hurting this market, but during the forecasted period, the Germany automotive carbon fiber composites market is expected to grow.

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Competitive Landscape

Industry participants are expected to expect intensive competition owing to aggressive strategies, including acquisitions, pricing, merges, and new product development. Major players in this market are Hexcel Corporation, SGL Carbon SE, Polar Manufacturers, South Coast Composites, Sigmatex, and Formtech Composites. 

In Jan 2020, Mitsubishi Chemical announced that it would acquire Prepreg, a carbon fiber manufacturer based in Europe. 

On July 1st 2020, Teijin Carbon Europe announced that they have increased production capacity by 40% of chopped carbon fiber. Even during the COVID-19 economic crisis, SGL carbon reported sales revenue of EUR 247 million in Q1 of 2020.

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Table Of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porters Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 By Production Type

      1. 5.1.1 Hand Layup

      2. 5.1.2 Resin Transfer Molding

      3. 5.1.3 Vacuum Infusion Processing

      4. 5.1.4 Injection Molding

      5. 5.1.5 Compression Molding

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Structural Assembly

      2. 5.2.2 Power train Component

      3. 5.2.3 Interior

      4. 5.2.4 Exterior

      5. 5.2.5 Others

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 3B-Fiberglass

      2. 6.2.2 Base Group

      3. 6.2.3 BASF

      4. 6.2.4 BMW

      5. 6.2.5 Cytec Industries

      6. 6.2.6 Delphi

      7. 6.2.7 Far UK

      8. 6.2.8 General Motors Company

      9. 6.2.9 Gurit

      10. 6.2.10 Johns Manville

      11. 6.2.11 Toray Industries

      12. 6.2.12 Teijin Limited

      13. 6.2.13 SGL Group

      14. 6.2.14 Nipposn Sheet Glass Co. Ltd.

      15. 6.2.15 Kineco

      16. 6.2.16 Jushi Group Co. Ltd.

      17. 6.2.17 Owens Corning

  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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