The Aerospace and Defense Composite Ducting Market: Highlights
The aerospace & defense composite ducting market is projected to reach US$ 815.8 million in 2023. Increasing production rates of major aircraft programs, such as A320 family, A350XWB, B737, and B787; upcoming aircraft and introduction of variants of the existing aircraft platforms, such as C919, MC-21, B737 Max, and A320neo; continuous shift from metal ducts to composite ducts to achieve greater fuel efficiency; an advancement in the ducting technology; and growing aircraft fleet size are major growth drivers of the aerospace & defense composite ducting market.
Aerospace & Defense Composite Ducting Market by Aircraft Type:
Commercial aircraft is expected to remain the growth engine of the aerospace & defense composite ducting market during the forecast period. This aircraft segment is also expected to witness the highest growth over the next five years, driven by increasing production rates of key aircraft programs, such as B737, A320, B787, and A350 and continuous shift from metal ducts to composite ducts in both low-pressure and high-pressure applications. Regional aircraft is also projected to witness an impressive growth during the same period.
Aerospace & Defense Composite Ducting Market by Pressure Type:
Low-pressure applications currently dominate the aerospace & defense composite ducting market. Composite ducting is widely preferred in the low-pressure applications throughout the entire breadth of fixed and rotary wing aircraft types and offers several advantages, such as lightweight, an excellent strength, thermal resistance, and ability to mold complex shapes.
Aerospace & Defense Composite Ducting Market by Reinforcement Type:
Glass fiber is the most widely used reinforcement type in the aerospace & defense composite ducting market and is expected to remain the largest reinforcement type over the next five years. This fiber type is highly preferred in low-pressure applications, such as cabin air recirculation and cabin sidewall riser as it offers good mechanical performance at a relatively lower cost. Epoxy, phenolic, and thermoplastic resins are used along with the glass fibers to manufacture ducting. Carbon fiber is likely to witness the highest growth over the next five years.
Aerospace & Defense Composite Ducting Market by Region:
North America is expected to remain the largest market for aerospace & defense composite ducting over the next five years. This region is the manufacturing hub of the advanced composites industry with the presence of several large- to small-sized part fabricators, prepreggers, and raw material suppliers. Boeing, Bombardier, and Lockheed Martin are major aircraft manufacturers in North America. Asia-Pacific is likely to experience the highest growth during the forecast period, driven by the demand for composite ducting in upcoming commercial and regional aircraft, such as COMAC C919 and Mitsubishi MRJ.
The supply chain of this market comprises raw material manufacturers, composite ducting manufacturers, Engine OEMs, and aircraft OEMs, and airline companies. The key aerospace engine manufacturers are CFM, GE Aviation Engines, and Pratt & Whitney and key aircraft OEMs are Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Bombardier, Embraer, ATR, Cessna, and Gulfstream.
The key composite ducting manufacturers for the aerospace & defense industry are Senior Aerospace, Triumph Group, ITT Corporation, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Arrowhead Products, AIM Aerospace, and Stelia North America. New product development, the formation of long-term contracts, and collaboration with OEMs are the key strategies adopted by the major players to gain a competitive edge in the market.