Stratview Research in its recent report has offered an overlook of the current Thermoplastic Prepreg Market scenarios and has also estimated the Thermoplastic Prepreg Market to reach an estimated value of US$ 223.2 million in 2024. The insights highlighted in the report are based on data that is carefully collected from reliable sources and is then scrutinized to have a proper analysis.
Not only the report offers the market size but also details about the market segmentation with its share. Stratview Research also extends its research to offer a forecast of the market during the period of 2019 – 2024, to provide the clients with base knowledge of the market and make strategies to have beneficial results ahead.
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Thermoset prepregs have been enjoying a long and marvelous history of more than four decades in the aerospace & defense industry. Thermoplastic prepregs offer a series of advantages including faster part cycle time, recyclability, easy to fabricate, and excellent mechanical properties. Major aircraft OEMs: Boeing, Airbus, and Gulfstream have efficaciously started leveraging the potential of thermoplastic composites from the tail to wings to fuselage components in their latest aircraft. The penetration of thermoplastic composites is not likely to stop here and will rise in the future with the advancement of the material, technology, and processes. Major thermoplastic prepreg manufacturers are keenly working with tier players and OEMs in order to develop new applications using thermoplastic prepregs.
Increasing production rates of thermoplastic composite rich next-generation aircraft, such as B787 and A350XWB; rising demand for lightweight recyclable parts; reduced part cycle time coupled with lower-processing cost of thermoplastic composite parts as compared to thermoset composite parts; stringent regulations regarding fuel efficiency and carbon emissions in the aerospace and automotive industries are some of the key factors that are burgeoning the demand for thermoplastic prepregs globally.
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The global thermoplastic prepreg market is segmented based on the end-use industry type as aerospace & defense, consumer goods, automotive and others. Aerospace & Defense is projected to remain the most dominant segment of the global thermoplastic prepreg market during the forecast period. Increasing production of commercial aircraft coupled with an increase in penetration of thermoplastic composites, especially in composite-rich aircraft programs, such as B787 and A350XWB is likely to fuel the growth of the segment in the coming years. Clips and cleats used in fuselage are the major applications of thermoplastic prepreg in these aircraft programs.
Based on the resin type, PPS resin dominates the thermoplastic prepreg market and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period as well. PPS resin has good dimensional stability even at elevated temperatures and in the harsh chemical environment. The resin system also has the advantage of molding complex part easily and with a tight tolerance. Also, the resin type finds usage in various aircraft applications, especially in aircraft airframe. The aircraft industry is also showing a sheer interest in PEEK-based thermoplastic prepregs.
Based on the fiber type, carbon fiber is projected to remain the larger segment of the global thermoplastic prepreg market during the forecast period. Carbon fiber offers numerous advantages, such as excellent weight reduction, high strength-to-weight ratio, high tensile and compressive strength, low coefficient of thermal expansion, and high fatigue resistance but at a very high cost. Major thermoplastic composite applications in an aircraft, such as clips and cleats, are fabricated with carbon fiber-based thermoplastic prepreg.
Based on the product form type, the global thermoplastic prepreg market is classified as unidirectional prepreg and fabric prepreg. The unidirectional prepreg is likely to remain the larger segment of the global thermoplastic prepreg market during the forecast period, owing to its low cost. The product type is also considered suitable for aircraft structural applications requiring high strength in one direction.
Based on the manufacturing process type, the global thermoplastic prepreg market is classified as compression molding, injection molding, AFP (Automated Fiber Placement)/ATL (Automated Tape Layup), and others. Compression molding is the most dominant process type in the global thermoplastic prepreg market. The process offers a faster part cycle time, reduced part wastage, and reduced defects, which overall lead to a lower part cost. AFP/ATL is likely to be the fastest-growing process type during the same period, driven by increasing demand for an automated process that can layup prepreg at a faster rate than the manual layup process and generates low void content.
Based on regions, Europe is expected to remain the largest thermoplastic prepreg market during the forecast period. Airbus is one of the major consumers of thermoplastic prepregs in Europe. Major thermoplastic component manufacturers have set up their manufacturing plants in the region in order to be proximal with the Airbus assembly plants to fulfill its current and future requirements of composite parts made with thermoplastic prepregs.
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Thermoplastic prepreg currently accounts for less than 5% of the global prepreg market; however, it is likely to grow at a faster rate than the overall prepreg market in the coming five years, driven by the aerospace & defense and automotive industries. The global thermoplastic prepreg market is projected to grow at an impressive rate over the next five years to reach an estimated value of US$ 223.2 million in 2024.
The supply chain of this market comprises raw material suppliers, thermoplastic prepreg manufacturers, distributors, thermoplastic composite component manufacturers, OEMs, and MRO companies. The key thermoplastic prepreg manufacturers include Cytec Solvay Group, Koninklijke TenCate nv, Lanxess A.G, SABIC, and Teijin Group (Toho Tenax). Some of the major end-users in the thermoplastic prepreg market include Airbus, Boeing, Gulfstream Aerospace, Dassault Aviation, Lenovo, and Hewlett-Packard (HP). The formation of long-term contracts, application development, and development of innovative products are some of the key strategies adopted by the major players in order to gain a competitive edge in the market.
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