Carbon Thermoplastic Composites Market Research Report - Global Forecast Till 2027

Carbon Thermoplastic Composites Market: Information by Raw Material (PAN-Based and PITCH-Based), Thermoplastic Resin [Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK), Polyetherimide (PEI), polyaryletherketone (PAEK), and Others], Application (Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Wind Turbines, Sports Equipment, Construction and Marine) and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East & Africa) - Forecast till 2027

ID: MRFR/CnM/4368-HCR | February 2021 | Region: Global | 100 pages

Carbon Thermoplastic Composites Market Overview:

The Carbon Thermoplastic Composites Market is expected to register a CAGR of over 5% to reach around USD 37.2 billion by the end of 2025.


Carbon thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites are strong and light fiber-reinforced plastic containing carbon fibers. This type of composites exhibits superior properties such as high strength to weight ratio, rigidity, and chemical resistance properties. These composites can be produced using PAN-based (polyacrylonitrile) or PITCH-based raw materials. Polyacrylonitrile is widely used as it provides strength and stiffness to CFRTP composites. The carbon thermoplastic composites find applications in numerous end-use industries such as aerospace & defense, automotive, construction, and sports.


The global demand for carbon thermoplastic composites is primarily driven by the growth of the aerospace & defense industry worldwide. The increasing aircraft production, particularly in developing nations, including China and India, is likely to fuel the demand for carbon thermoplastic composites at a significant rate during the review period. Additionally, the increasing adoption of aircraft emission standards for new aircraft by the International Civil Aviation Organization to reduce impact of aviation industry on greenhouse emission is expected to drive the market growth. The emission standards will be applicable to new aircraft design from 2020 and to all in-production airplanes by 2023. Carbon thermoplastic composites are used in the manufacturing of various components of aircraft such as the wing skins, forward fuselage, flaperons, and rudder


The preference for thermoplastic composites over composites incorporated with thermoset polymers is increasing owing to their superior performance, such as an increase in production rates and no for curing after consolidation. This is another important factor driving market growth.


Additionally, the increasing automotive production and the surge in demand for lightweight vehicles to increase vehicle efficiency are expected to propel the growth of the global carbon thermoplastic composites market


Key Players



  • DowAksa (Turkey)

  • Cytec Solvay Group (US)

  • TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC. (Japan)

  • SGL Group (Germany)

  • Hexcel Corporation (US)

  • TEIJIN LIMITED (Japan)

  • Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (Japan)

  • Arkema S.A. (France)

  • Plasan Carbon Composites (US)

  • Covestro AG (Germany),

  • PlastiComp, Inc. (US)


Global Carbon Thermoplastic Composites Market Share, by Application, 2018 (%)


Source: MRFR Analysis


Regional Analysis


The market in North America accounted for the largest share of the carbon thermoplastic composites market in 2018 and is expected to witness significant growth during the review period. The growth of the carbon thermoplastic composites in this region is characterized by the rapidly expanding aerospace and defense industries as a result of the rising demand for single-aisle airplanes. In 2017, the aerospace & defense industry in US generated around USD 865 billion. The presence of major players in the aerospace industry, such as Boeing and GenCorp, is another important factor bolstering the market growth in the region. The reviving automotive industry due to rising demand for fuel-efficient products is likely to drive the market growth in this region. The increasing demand for renewable energy due to fluctuating oil prices is also increasing the product demand in the region.


Europe is expected to be a prominent market for carbon thermoplastic composites on account of the increasing R&D in the aerospace & defense industry. Additionally, targets set by the European Union to reduce the level of carbon emission by automobiles is expected to boost the product demand in the region.


Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing market for carbon thermoplastic composites due to the rapidly growing aerospace and automotive industry, especially in developing countries such as India, China, Thailand, and South Korea. For instance, the air traffic in India grew by around 18% year on year and 280 million during April-February 2017-2018. Additionally, Japan-based Asahi glass developed a technology based on fluoropolymer to improve the impact strength of CFRTP by reducing the rate of water absorption.


The Latin American market is expected to exhibit considerable growth concerning the growing automotive production, especially in Brazil. For instance, automobiles production in Brazil grew by around 5.2% in 2018 and is expected to grow at a significant rate in the coming years.


The Middle East & Africa is likely to witness moderate growth during the review period on account of the growing end-use industries, including automotive and aerospace & defense


Market Segmentation:


The global carbon thermoplastic composites market has been segmented based on raw material, thermoplastic resin, application, and region.


Based on raw material, the global market has been divided into PAN-based and PITCH-based.


Based on thermoplastic resin, the global market has been segmented into polyether ether ketone (PEEK), polyetherimide (PEI), polyaryletherketone (PAEK), and others.


Based on application, the global market has been segmented into aerospace & defense, automotive, wind turbines, sports equipment, construction, and marine.


The global market, by region, has been classified into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa.


Intended Audience



  • Carbon thermoplastic composites manufacturers

  • Traders and distributors of carbon thermoplastic composites

  • Research and development institutes

  • Potential investors

  • Raw material suppliers

  • Nationalized laboratories



Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   USD 37.2 Billion (2025)
  CAGR   5% (2025)
  Base Year   2019
  Forecast Period   2020-2027
  Historical Data   2018
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Billion)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   by Raw Material, Thermoplastic Resin, Application
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   DowAksa (Turkey), Cytec Solvay Group (US), TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC. (Japan), SGL Group (Germany), Hexcel Corporation (US), TEIJIN LIMITED (Japan), Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (Japan), Arkema S.A. (France), Plasan Carbon Composites (US), Covestro AG (Germany), and PlastiComp, Inc. (US).
  Key Market Opportunities

  • The growth of the carbon thermoplastic composites in this region is characterized by the rapidly expanding aerospace and defense industries as a result of the rising demand for single-aisle airplanes.\r\n
  • The reviving automotive industry due to rising demand for fuel-efficient products is likely to drive the market growth in this region.
  •   Key Market Drivers   The increasing demand for renewable energy due to fluctuating oil prices is also increasing the product demand in the region.


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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :


    The carbon thermoplastic composites market is predicted to grow at a 5%CAGR between 2017-2025.

    The global carbon thermoplastic composites market is predicted to touch USD 4.002.8 million by 2025.

    North America is predicted to have maximum share in the carbon thermoplastic composites market during the forecast period.

    Notable players profiled in the carbon thermoplastic composites market include PlastiComp, Inc. (US), Covestro AG (Germany), Plasan Carbon Composites (US), Arkema S.A. (France), Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (Japan), TEIJIN LIMITED (Japan), Hexcel Corporation (US), SGL Group (Germany), TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC. (Japan), Cytec Solvay Group (US), and DowAksa (Turkey).

    Booming aerospace and defense industry, high preference for thermoplastic composites, growing demand for lightweight vehicles, and increasing automotive production are adding to the growth of the carbon thermoplastic composites market.