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Balsa Wood Market Research Report Information By Type ('Grain A' Type, 'Grain B' Type, and 'Grain C' Type), By Application (Aerospace & Defense, Renewable Energy, Marine, Road & Rail, Industrial & Construction, and Others) And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest Of The World) –Market Forecast Till 2032

ID: MRFR/CnM/3059-CR | 106 Pages | Author: Anshula Mandaokar| February 2021

Global Balsa Wood Market Overview

The balsa wood market size was valued at USD 0.16 Billion in 2023. The balsa wood industry is projected to grow from USD 0.17 Billion in 2024 to USD 0.25 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.00% during the forecast period (2024 - 2032). Growing demand for balsa wood in the aerospace industry, growing demand for renewable and sustainable materials, and technological advancements in cutting, shaping, and processing balsa wood are the key market drivers enhancing the market growth.Balsa Wood OverviewSource: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Balsa Wood Market Trends

  • High adoption from the automotive and construction sectors is driving the market growth.

Market CAGR for balsa wood is driven by the high adoption from the automotive and construction sectors. The automotive sector, over the past couple of decades, has evolved at a rapid pace. The entry of new technologies, rapidly changing regulatory structure, and mounting environmental concerns have played a vital role in molding the modern-day automotive sector. In the current scenario, apart from growing interest in electric vehicles, automotive companies are increasingly focusing on minimizing the weight of their vehicles to reduce carbon footprint and air pollution.

Additionally, the growing inclination toward manufacturing lightweight vehicles has played a key role in augmenting the demand for balsa core materials for structural composites in the automotive sector. In the past decade, conventional automotive components made from cast iron and stainless steel were gradually replaced with lightweight balsa core materials for structural composites, including aluminum and magnesium metal matric composites and carbon glass fiber reinforced polymer composites. The growing demand for lightweight automotive components is expected to play a key role in boosting the growth of the balsa wood market for structural composites during the forecast period.

Furthermore, the rising demand in the wind sector, where Balsa Wood is used in the production of blades of wind turbines, is the reason for the high demand during the growth period. The world is steadily shifting toward renewable energy with the mass installation of wind turbines across developed and developing nations. These applications are examples of the importance of Balsa Wood in the construction sector, and as the world moves towards urbanization; thus, the demand is expected to continue during the forecast period.

The expansion of the aircraft industry across several continents will benefit the expansion of the worldwide balsa wood market. Balsa wood is being utilized increasingly in airplane buildings for its great tensile and compressive strength and ability to reduce weight. As a result, they can take off more quickly, go farther during flight, and land more quickly and safely. The increasing strength and flexibility of balsa wood drive the market growth over the forecast period. The same is true for the businesses that produce helicopters and hovercrafts.

Increasing research and development activities drive the Balsa Wood market revenue. Continuous research and development efforts are being made to enhance the properties of balsa wood, such as improving its strength, durability, and fire resistance. These advancements will open new opportunities for balsa wood in different industries. The versatility of balsa wood has led to its use in various applications such as aircraft manufacturing, wind turbine blades, boat building, and model making.

Balsa Wood Market Segment Insights

Balsa Wood Type Insights

The balsa wood market segmentation, based on type, includes 'grain a' type, 'grain b' type, and 'grain c' type. The 'grain a' type segment dominated the market, accounting for 35% of market revenue (0.056 Billion). In developing economies, category growth is driven by the growing demand for 'grain, a type in aerospace, model building, packaging, construction, renewable energy, and more. However, the 'grain b' type is the fastest-growing category as it has the widest end-user applications, including trailing edges, wing ribs, formers, flat fuselage sides, planking gradual curves, wing leading edge sheeting, and others.

Balsa Wood Application Insights

The balsa wood market segmentation, based on application, includes aerospace & defense, renewable energy, marine, road & rail, industrial & construction, and others. The aerospace & defense category generated the most income (70.4%). The demand for balsa wood is driven by its compatibility with composite manufacturing techniques, which are widely employed in the aerospace and defense industries. However, industrial & construction is the fastest-growing category over the forecast period owing to its usage in composite-based industrial and construction projects. This construction technique is commonly employed in industrial panels, facades, and wind turbine blades.

Figure 1:  Balsa Wood Market, by Type, 2022 & 2032 (USD Billion)

Balsa Wood Market, by Type, 2022 & 2032

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Balsa Wood Regional Insights

By region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Rest of the World. The North American balsa wood market will dominate due to rising import value and high product consumption. The growing number of companies in the renewable energy, road, rail, industrial, and marine industries will enhance market performance in this region. Moreover, China’s balsa wood market held the largest market share, and the Indian balsa wood market was the fastest-growing market in the North American region.

Further, the major countries studied in the market report are The US, Canada, German, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.



Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Europe's balsa wood market accounts for the second-largest market share due to the growing demand for sustainable materials in various industries, including automotive, marine, and renewable energy. The emphasis on lightweight materials and eco-friendly solutions is expected to drive the market in this region. Further, the German balsa wood market held the largest market share, and the UK balsa wood market was the fastest-growing market in the European region.

The Asia-Pacific balsa wood market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2032. This is due to rapid industrialization and infrastructure development, increasing demand for lightweight materials like balsa wood. The growing aerospace, construction, and renewable energy sectors in economies such as China, India, and Japan offer significant growth in this region. Moreover, China’s balsa wood market held the largest market share, and the Indian balsa wood market was the fastest-growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.

Balsa Wood Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

Leading market players are investing heavily in research and development to expand their product lines, which will help the balsa wood market grow even more. Market participants are also undertaking various strategic activities to expand their footprint, with important market developments including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. To expand and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate, the balsa wood industry must offer cost-effective items.

Manufacturing locally to minimize operational costs is one of the key business tactics manufacturers use in the balsa wood industry to benefit clients and increase the market sector. Major players in the balsa wood market, including Gurit, CoreLite Inc, Guangzhou Sinokiko Balsa Co. Ltd, 3A Composites, The Gill Corporation, DIAB International AB, The PNG Basla Company Ltd, and others, are attempting to increase market demand by investing in research and development operations.

Tornado Group was founded in 2001 and has gained a reputation as one of the country's major contractors by providing quality services for clients across various sectors such as commercial, residential, education, public facilities, hospitality, healthcare, airports and themed projects. In September 2022, Tornado Updraft gave balsa-wood model planes an electric RC makeover. The remote-control aircraft comes as an assemble-it-yourself kit, resulting from a collaboration between US companies Nighthawk Gliders and PowerUp Toys. While the former designed the balsa wood body, the latter supplied the PowerUp 4.0 electric drive module. As the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the 4.0 module can also be added to user-folded paper airplanes. PowerUp additionally offers it in kits that include lightweight foam airplane bodies.

June 2021

3A Composites is part of the Schweiter Technologies group and operates as a division within the company. With a rich heritage from the 1950s, 3A Composites has established itself as a trusted and innovative supplier in the composite materials industry. The company provides lightweight and high-performance materials for various sectors, including architecture, transportation, marine, wind energy, and industrial applications. In February 2021, 3A Composites Core Materials, famous for the manufacturing of high-performance, sustainable core materials, announced the signing of a two-year technical cooperation agreement with the Achuar Nationality of Ecuador for the promotion of sustainable forestry practices and also accountable development, processing, and harvesting of balsa wood for native communities. The Achuar Nationality of Ecuador is an NGO protected by the Ecuadorian Constitution with the main target of reestablishing, protecting, and diffusing its language, culture, and traditions. Balsa wood has recently been noted for its ability to clean up imperfections in scaffolding that can make it have holes and absorb water easily.

Key Companies in the Balsa Wood market include

  • 3A Composites GmbH (Switzerland)

  • Schweiter Technologies AG (Switzerland)

  • DIAB International AB (Sweden)

  • CoreLite Inc. (US)

  • Gurit Holding AG (Spain)

  • Carbon-Core Corp. (US)

  • Pacific Coast Marine (US)

  • Pontus Wood Group (UK)

  • BALTEK Corporation (US)

Balsa Wood Industry Developments

February 2021: SABIC has built resin manufacturing techniques using nanotechnology to effectively manufacture more uniform polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam, causing higher performance characteristics in the end product. The latest product LNPT COLORCOMPT WQ117945 is a ground-breaking material that may expand the use of PET foams. Nanotechnology in SABIC LNPT COLORCOMPTM WQ117945aids to control nucleation and causes more uniform cells with an extremely narrow equal size range spread across the foam.

Balsa Wood Market Segmentation

Balsa Wood Type Outlook

  • 'Grain A' Type

  • 'Grain B' Type

  • 'Grain C' Type

Balsa Wood Application Outlook

  • Aerospace & Defense

  • Renewable Energy

  • Marine

  • Road & Rail

  • Industrial & Construction

  • Others

Balsa Wood Regional Outlook

  • North America

    • US

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America

Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2023 USD 0.16 Billion
Market Size 2024 USD 0.17 Billion
Market Size 2032 USD 0.25 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 6.00% (2024-2032)
Base Year 2023
Market Forecast Period 2024-2032
Historical Data 2018- 2022
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Type, Application, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The US, Canada, German, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled 3A Composites GmbH, Schweiter Technologies AG, DIAB International AB, CoreLite Inc., Gurit Holding AG, Carbon-Core Corp., Balsacentralen AB, Pacific Coast Marine, Pontus Wood Group, and BALTEK Corporation
Key Market Opportunities Technological advancement in the manufacturing process. A rise in technological advancement and innovations in the construction industry.
Key Market Dynamics Growing focus on eco-friendly packaging Expansion of the aircraft industry across several economies.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The balsa wood market size was valued at USD 0.16 Billion in 2023.

The balsa wood market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.00% during the forecast period, 2024-2032.

North America had the largest share in the balsa wood market

The key players in the balsa wood market are 3A Composites GmbH, Schweiter Technologies AG, DIAB International AB, CoreLite Inc., Gurit Holding AG, Carbon-Core Corp., Balsacentralen AB, Pacific Coast Marine, Pontus Wood Group, and BALTEK Corporation.

The ‘grain a’ type category dominated the balsa wood market in 2023.

Aerospace & defense had the largest share in the balsa wood market.

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