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Commercial Aircraft Carbon Brakes Market Analysis

ID: MRFR//4727-HCR | 100 Pages | Author: Sejal Akre| July 2024

In commercial airplane carbon brakes market, there exists an obvious tendency regarding repair services segment.’’ A growing number of airplanes seek secondary services like maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) which will enable them reduce costs and ensure proper functioning of their braking systems. This trend occurs simply because it has been realized that it takes good support afterwards for any carbon brakes to work and survive. In keeping with this trend, manufacturers and service providers have devised full aftermarket solutions that address the changing demands of airlines.

Another major trend in the commercial airplane carbon brakes area is the increase of the worldwide market. Demand for air travel has been increasing particularly in emerging markets. That means companies throughout the world are buying more planes. This great leapfrog in demand globally gives firms producing carbon brakes an opportunity to widen their customer base as well as enter into smart relationships with aircrafts spread in a variety of regions. The global market is growing at a rapid rate due to unique needs experienced across different parts of the world and potential growth opportunities witnessed within new flight markets.

New digital technologies are also transforming how the market for business aircraft carbon brakes operates. Brake systems are now using smart sensors and data analytics to allow real-time monitoring, planned maintenance, and enhanced performance optimization. This development aligns with the broader shift towards digitization and the Internet of Things (IoT) in order to streamline processes and reduce idle time. Incorporating digital technologies into carbon brakes indicates a forward-looking approach to meeting the shifting requirements of contemporary aircraft operators that makers have.

Global Commercial Aircraft Carbon Brakes Market Overview

Commercial Aircraft Carbon Brakes Market Size was valued at USD 2.28 billion in 2022. The Commercial Aircraft Carbon Brakes Market is projected to grow to USD 4.79 billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.6% during the forecast period (2022 - 2032).

Carbon brakes are primarily used in military aircraft applications. The and higher heat absorption and lower weight of carbon brakes make them more preferable than conventional steel brakes to be used in aircraft. However, due to the high cost of steel brakes, carbon brakes are used largely on larger, long-haul commercial aircraft rather than short-haul commercial aircraft. Recent developments in overhaul techniques and carbon brake manufacturing have reduced the pre-landing cost of these brakes—they are cost-effective as compared to steel brakes. Improved operations along with performance enhancements provided by carbon brakes have enabled a rise in usage of carbon brakes on commercial aircraft. Carbon brakes have multiple benefits compared to steel brakes, such as high-performance, longevity, and lightweight. Moreover, carbon brakes are able to withstand high braking demands of commercial aircraft. Carbon brake materials have characteristics such as high-temperature stability, high thermal conductivity, and higher specific heat. 

The market has been segmented on the basis of aircraft type, material, manufacturing process, and end user. Based on aircraft type, the commercial aerospace carbon brakes market has been segmented as fixed-wing and rotary-wing. The fixed-wing segment has been further sub-segmented as wide-body and narrow-body aircraft. The narrow-body aircraft market is expected to be the largest segment during the forecast period. A rise in new low-cost carriers is expected to generate demand for narrow-body aircraft. 

Furthermore, growing focus on fuel efficiency is also expected to enhance the growth of the carbon brakes market during the forecast period. Based on the material, the market has been segmented as polyacrylonitrile and rayon/petroleum pitch. The polyacrylonitrile segment was the largest market in 2018 whereas rayon/petroleum is expected to register the higher CAGR during the forecast period. Based on the manufacturing process, the market has been segmented as Chemical Vapor Infiltration (CVI) and Liquid Phase Infiltration (LPI). The Liquid Phase Infiltration (LPI) segment was the is expected to register higher CAGR during the forecast period. Airline and aerospace companies are actively investing in energy-efficient technologies that act as an effective measure to lower fuel consumption. For instance, in Feb 2018, UTC Aerospace Systems' patented carbon heat sink brake material called Duracarb, which allows an aircraft to perform 2,000 landings before it is taken for overhaul. The lifespan of the brakes is eight times longer thereby, significantly reducing maintenance cost and time. Moreover, these brakes are capable to handle high stress and absorb heat energy than carbon brakes, which improves safety margin when stopping airplanes that are heavily loaded. Presently, carbon brake disks are being largely used in landing gear systems due to their enhanced lifecycle, weight reduction capabilities, and low maintenance cost.

Recent Development

March 2022: Avelo Airlines and Collins Aerospace agreed to retrofit the airline's fleet with carbon brakes, including maintenance and logistics support.July 2021: Singapore Airlines signed a deal with Safran Landing Systems for wheels and carbon brakes for their entire Boeing 777-9 fleet.

Segmentation of the Global Commercial Aircraft Carbon Brakes Market

Growing commercial aircraft fleets and improved operational performance of carbon are the key drivers for the global commercial aircraft carbon brakes market. By region, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. North America is expected to be the largest market for carbon brakes owing to key manufacturing plants of largest commercial OEM and retrofit aircraft companies have their presence in North America. However, Asia Pacific is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. Both OEM and aftermarket carbon brake systems are likely to offer opportunities during the forecast period.

Intended Audience

  • Airforce Authorities

  • Airline Companies

  • Component Providers

  • Regulatory bodies

  • Government authorities

  • Research institutes

  • Regulatory bodies

Key Players

The key players in the global commercial aircraft carbon brakes market are Crane Aerospace & Electronics (US), Honeywell International Inc. (US), Maritime Goodrich (US), Meggitt (UK), Parker Hannifin (US), Safran (France), Speedwerks (US), SGL Group (Germany), TAE Aerospace, and UTC Aerospace Systems (US).

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The market values and forecasts are derived using MRFR research methodology, which includes secondary research, primary interviews, data triangulation, and validation from an in-house data repository and statistical modeling tools. 

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In this process, data is collected from various secondary sources, including annual reports, SEC filings, journals, government associations, aerospace & defense magazines, white papers, corporate presentations, company websites, and paid databases.

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