Aircraft AFP/ATL Composites Market: Highlights
The Aircraft AFP/ATL Composites Market is projected to grow at an impressive rate over the next five years to reach US$ 4,005.1 million in 2024. Increasing production rates of the next-generation composite-rich aircraft A350XWB, B787, and F-35; introduction of fuel-efficient variants of the best-selling aircraft with a greater composites content:, A320neo and B737 max; Increasing preference of AFP/ATL process for fabricating critical aerospace composite parts; superior benefits of AFP/ATL over the hand layup process; and rising demand for faster production of composite parts in order to produce a large number of aircraft to meet huge order backlogs are giving an impetus to the growth of AFP/ATL composites in the aerospace industry.
Aircraft AFP/ATL Composites Market - Insights by Aircraft Type:
The Aircraft AFP/ATL Composites Market is segmented based on the aircraft type as Narrow-Body Aircraft, Wide-Body Aircraft, Regional Aircraft, General Aviation, Helicopter, and Military Aircraft. Wide-body aircraft are likely to remain the growth engines of the market during the forecast period. Increasing production rates of the next-generation aircraft programs A350XWB and B787 and increasing penetration of composites in newer variants of aircraft, such as B777x, are driving the wide-body aircraft segment. Military aircraft segment is driven by Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft whose production rate is also increasing with a target of 160 aircraft per annum by 2023.
Aircraft AFP/ATL Composites Market - Insights by Application Type:
Airframe is likely to remain the most dominant segment during the forecast period, whereas engine components are likely to remain the fastest-growing segment in the same period. Increasing composite content in the latest turbofan engines will continue to drive the demand for lightweight AFP/ATL composites in the engine segment in the foreseen future. Similarly, fuselage and wing sections of both next-generation aircraft (B787 and A350XWB) are made using advanced composites fabricated through AFP/ATL process.
Aircraft AFP/ATL Composites Market - Insights by Fiber Type:
Carbon fiber composite is projected to remain the most dominant as well as the fastest-growing fiber type market over the next five years. Carbon fiber composite offers numerous advantages, such as high strength-to-weight ratio, high tensile and compressive strength, low coefficient of thermal expansion, and high fatigue resistance at lower weight over counterpart glass fiber composites.
Aircraft AFP/ATL Composites Market - Insights by Region:
North America is projected to remain the largest as well as the fastest-growing market during the forecast period, driven by the world’s largest aircraft OEM, Boeing. The USA is likely to remain the growth engine of the region’s market during the forecast period, driven by all the assembly plants of Boeing as well as Lockheed Martin in the country.
Europe is also likely to witness a healthy growth momentum in the coming eons as Airbus, the leading commercial aircraft maker, has incessantly been raising the production rates of A320 and A350XWB. Also, the region has a good capacity of producing helicopters with the presence of Airbus Helicopters and Russian Helicopters. France, Germany, Russia, and the UK are likely to remain the powerhouses of the region’s market in the coming years.
Asia-Pacific currently represents a relatively small growth opportunity; however, is subjected to grow at a handsome rate in the coming years, driven by China, Japan, and India. China and Japan are projected to remain the major markets in the region; however, India is anticipated to be the new growth engine of the region’s market. Major Indian conglomerates are increasingly participating in the market with an aim to get the leadership position in India.
The supply chain of this market comprises raw material suppliers, prepreg suppliers, AFP/ATL component manufacturers, tier player, aircraft OEMs, airlines, aircraft leasing companies, and MRO companies. Some of the key players in the aircraft AFP/ATL composites market are Spirit AeroSystems, Premium Aerotech, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Leonardo S. p. A, Triumph Aerostructures, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, The Boeing Company, Airbus Group, GKN Aerospace, Bombardier Aerospace, and UTC Aerospace System. The key aircraft OEMs include Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer, COMAC, Lockheed Martin, Dassault Aviation, and Gulfstream Aerospace.