The Aircraft Cabin Interior Composites Market: Highlights
The Aircraft Cabin Interior composites Market is projected to grow at a healthy rate over the next five years to reach US$ 1,891.1 million in 2023. Organic growth of the aircraft industry is the primary driver of the sustainable demand for composites in aircraft cabin interiors. Boeing anticipated that there would be total deliveries of 41,030 commercial aircraft worth US$ 6.1 trillion in the global marketplace during 2017-2036. Asia-Pacific and North America would be the biggest demand generators with a combined share of 60.2% of the total commercial aircraft deliveries during 2017-2036. An expected healthy CAGR of 4.7% in air passenger traffic during 2017-2036 will chiefly drive the demand for commercial aircraft. This factor will create a sustainable demand for composite parts for cabin interiors globally in the foreseeable future.
Aircraft Cabin Interior Composites Market – insights by Aircraft Type:
The aircraft cabin interior composites market is segmented based on the aircraft type as Narrow-Body Aircraft, Wide-Body Aircraft, Very Large Aircraft, Regional Aircraft, and General Aviation. Narrow- and wide-body aircraft are likely to remain the growth engines of the market during the forecast period. Increasing production rates of key programs, such as B737, A320 family, B787, and A350XWB; market entry of new players, such as COMAC and Irkut; introduction of variants of existing best-selling aircraft programs, such as B737 max, A320neo, and B777x; and an increasing demand for cabin retrofit of large aircraft fleet are likely to offer a sustainable growth platform for composites in these segment in the coming years. Furthermore, rising penetration of composites in most of the interior applications is likely to aid more growth in these segments in the coming years.
Aircraft Cabin Interior Composites Market – insights by Composites Type:
Glass fiber composite is likely to remain the most dominant segment of the global aircraft cabin interior composites market over the next five years. Glass fiber composites offer a wide array of advantages including low cost, good product performance, and excellent corrosion resistance, over their rivals including aluminum and metals. Whereas, carbon fiber composite, another considerable segment, is likely to grow the highest in the market during the same period, driven by its advantages over glass fiber composites including lighter in weight, higher strength-to-weight ratio, and excellent appearance.
Aircraft Cabin Interior Composites Market – insights by Process Type:
Sandwich construction is the most widely preferred manufacturing process in the market and is likely to remain the most dominant process during the forecast period. It is considered an ideal process for producing flat composite panels for aircraft interiors as well as exteriors. Most of the composite parts for aircraft cabin interiors, such as lavatory and floor panels, are largely made through the sandwich construction process. Compression molding, injection molding, and plaster mandrel are major processes used to fabricate composite parts for aircraft cabin interiors. They also offer sizeable growth opportunities in the coming years.
Aircraft Cabin Interior Composites Market – insights by End-User Type:
The OE sales segment is projected to maintain its dominance in the market during the next five years. Increasing production rates of key programs, such as B737 and A320 family; market entry of new players, such as COMAC; and upcoming aircraft programs are likely to create a strong demand for composites in cabin interiors in the OE segment in the coming years. The aftermarket segment, a relatively smaller segment, is likely to grow at a higher rate during the forecast period, owing to rising aircraft fleet size of commercial aircraft and increasing demand for advanced lightweight cabin interiors, leading to the replacement/retrofit of old cabin interiors with the advanced lightweight interiors.
Aircraft Cabin Interior Composites Market – insights by Region: North America is projected to remain the largest market during the forecast period, driven by both OE as well as aftermarket segments. The USA is the growth engine of the region’s market and has the presence of almost all major aircraft OEMs including Boeing, Airbus, Cessna, and Gulfstream. Rising commercial aircraft fleet size is likely to further boost the overall demand for composite parts in aircraft cabin interiors in the foreseeable future.
Asia-Pacific is likely to witness the highest growth during the same period, driven by a host of factors including increasing demand for commercial aircraft to support rising passenger traffic, opening of assembly plants of Boeing and Airbus in China, upcoming indigenous commercial and regional aircraft (COMAC C919 and Mitsubishi MRJ), and rising aircraft fleet size.
The supply chain of this market comprises raw material suppliers, composite part fabricators, cabin interior manufacturers, OEMs, and airlines. The key cabin interior companies are AIM Altitude Limited (AVIC International), B/E Aerospace (Rockwell Collins), Diehl Aerosystems, FACC AG, Jamco Corporation, The Gill Corporation, The Nordam Group, Inc. , Triumph Group Inc. , UTC Aerospace Systems, and Zodiac Aerospace. The key aircraft OEMs are Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, ATR, Embraer, COMAC, Irkut, Sukhoi, Cessna, and Gulfstream.