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Carbon Fiber Market

Carbon Fiber Market

Carbon Fiber Market Analysis, By Precursor Material Type (PAN Based, Pitch based, Rayon based), By Tow Size (Small Tow Carbon Fiber, Large Tow Carbon Fiber), By End User (Aerospace & Defense, Energy & Mining, Sport/Leisure, Automotive, Construction) - Global Industry Survey 2021-2031

Carbon Fiber Market

Carbon Fiber Market Outlook

The global carbon fiber market was valued at USD 4 billion in 2020, and it is projected to reach USD 9 billion by 2031, registering a CAGR of 8% during the forecast period 2021-2031.

Demand for carbon fibers has surged significantly, attributed to low moisture absorption, exceptional mechanical characteristics, high-temperature resistance, and relatively lower cost. Numerous construction projects are employing carbon fiber-reinforced concrete for repairing aging buildings and bridges.

Key Points Addressed in Carbon Fiber Industry Analysis

  • Market Estimates and Forecasts (2016-2031)
  • Key Drivers and Restraints Shaping Market Growth
  • Segment-wise, Country-wise, and Region-wise Analysis
  • Competition Mapping and Benchmarking
  • Brand Share and Market Share Analysis
  • Key Product Innovations and Regulatory Climate
  • COVID-19 Impact on Carbon Fiber Market and How to Navigate
  • Recommendation on Key Winning Strategies

Consumption Analysis of Carbon Fiber from 2016-2020 Vs Market Outlook for 2021 to 2031

As per Fact.MR – a market research and competitive intelligence provider- from 2016 to 2020, the global market for carbon fiber expanded at nearly 3% CAGR, reaching almost US$ 4 Bn.

Carbon fibers significantly help in curtailing the time required for construction activities, thereby reducing overall expenses. Apart Besides, carbon fibers find applications in the automotive and aerospace industries, particularly for curbing the weight of components used.

Thus, considering these factors, the market for carbon fiber is projected to witness immense growth, surpassing an impressive valuation of almost US$ 9 Bn over the forecast period of 2021-2031, showcasing an impressive 8.5% CAGR.  Roughly 138,000 tons of carbon fiber are likely to be sold around the world by 2031-end.

How is the Aerospace & Defense Industry a Frontrunner of Carbon Fiber Demand?

Carbon fibers are increasingly employed in the aerospace industry on the back of their good strength to weight ratio and are utilized on a large scale for manufacturing aircraft components such as vertical stabilizers, engine nacelles wings, floor beams, and elevators. The U.S. Aerospace & Defense (A&D) industry is the world leader in design, development, and manufacturing of technologically advanced aircraft, space systems, and defense capabilities. 

This rapid growth of the aviation industry has led to a demand for lightweight and robust material for the fabrication of aircraft components. Carbon fibers have become an effective solution for curtailing production time. Aerospace & defense will continue to be the largest end-user of carbon fiber.

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How are Stringent Eco-friendly Regulations Driving Adoption of Carbon Fibers?

Large-scale implementation of stringent eco-friendly regulations in developed and developing countries has prompted increased adoption of more sustainable construction material. Weight reduction and increased fuel efficiency are what carbon fibers and their related composites have to offer. Hence, the market is experiencing heightened demand from the luxury and sports cars market. 

On January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden issued Executive Order 13990, “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science To Tackle the Climate Crisis,” announcing a national policy that “establishes an enforcement mechanism” to curb harmful greenhouse gas emissions. 

He expressed the support for a price on carbon emissions and clean energy investments and sector-specific decarbonization standards. The government is working on the establishment of a carbon pricing system to achieve America’s economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal of net-zero by no later than 2050. This initiative is expected to fuel carbon fiber demand in the future.

Why is Carbon Fiber Popular in 3D printing?

Carbon fiber is being extensively deployed in the automotive industry for the creation of 3D printed car parts. For instance, Formula 1 supercars are using 3D printed parts. In addition to this, Bugatti has launched its 3D printed caliper produced using titanium. 

In March 2031, 3D printing service provider Ricoh 3D announced its partnership with composite 3D printer manufacturer Impossible Objects to launch a new ‘Powder-based 3D Composite’ materials range. 

Carbon fiber filaments use tiny fibers, infused into a base material to improve structural properties of that material. Several popular filaments can be bought with carbon fiber fill, including PLA, PETG, Nylon, ABS, and polycarbonate. These fibers are extremely strong and cause the filament to increase in strength and stiffness. This also means that the 3D printed parts will be much lighter and more dimensionally stable, as the fibers will help prevent shrinking of the part as it cools. 

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Country-Wise Analysis

What is the Growth Outlook for Carbon Fiber in Germany?

Germany is expected to remain lucrative during the forecast period owing to the government initiatives and policies to control the harmful impact on the environment. As per Fact.MR, a revenue share exceeding 1/3rd is projected for the German market.

The aerospace & defense industry in the region is at the forefront of innovation with the successful launch of the Airbus A320 family and Eurofighter. In November 2020, the German parliament's budget committee approved a €5.4 billion ($6.35 billion) contract to purchase 38 Eurofighter jets from Airbus for the country's air force.

Moreover, the European Union Automotive Fuel Economy (UNEP) standard has made stringent regulations for automotive OEMs to decrease carbon emissions by using lightweight materials. The EU has also agreed on the adoption of standards that would cut carbon emissions from new cars and vans by 15% in 2025 and 37.5% in 2030. This has led to extensive use of carbon fiber in electric cars in the region. 

What is Bolstering the Market in the U.S?

The U.S will witness major growth as the research and development in the region have made way for significant uptakes in infrastructure, costs, and product innovation. A CAGR of 7% is anticipated for the U.S market by Fact.MR’s report until 2031.

In April 2021, the Federal Government announced its plans to achieve 50% sales of all-electric, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen-powered automobiles by 2030. In addition, an executive order that tasks the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop aggressive long-term regulations is on the cards.

Why is China an Attractive Investment Hub for Carbon Fiber Manufacturers?

The aircraft parts and assembly manufacturing sector in China is picking up pace, comprising of over 200 small aircraft parts manufacturers. Additionally, China is projected to be the world’s largest single country market for civil aircraft sales over the next 20 years, expected to surpass the U.S. as the world's largest aviation market.

Under the plan, ‘Made in China 2025’, China intends its commercial aircraft companies to supply 10% of the domestic fleet, while its jetliners will likely account for up to 20% of the global market by 2025. Considering the aforementioned factors, Fact.MR projects the market for carbon fibers to remain the most lucrative, with sales set to close in approximately 50,000 tons by 2031-end.

Category-Wise Insights

Why are PAN-based Carbon Fibers in High Demand?

PAN-based carbon fiber is a highly lucrative precursor material type owing to its cost-effectiveness and better quality of fiber produced. As per estimates by Fact.MR, nearly 95% of global carbon fiber revenue is accounted for by PAN-based fibers.

PAN-based carbon fiber provides over 85% yield and is extensively used for structural material composites in aerospace & defense, industrial and sporting goods sectors.

How are Aerospace and Defence Leading the End User Segment?

The developments in the aerospace and defense sectors in major countries like Germany, India, the U.S, and China are leading to a high consumption rate of carbon fibers. Almost 3/5th of global carbon fiber demand is spurred by the aerospace & defence sector.

Governments are investing huge amounts in these sectors which is further fueling the demand for carbon fibers. Moreover, the aerospace industry is one of the key driving factors and the early adopters of the global 3D printing materials market, thus catapulting carbon fiber usage.

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Competitive Landscape

The global carbon fiber market is highly competitive in nature. Occupancy of a large number of players has made the nature of the global market for carbon fiber to be fragmented, with the intensity of competition among players surging at a significant rate. 

Leading market players are focusing their efforts on developing innovative products to strengthen their position in the global market and are adopting strategies like acquisitions and mergers.

  • In April 2021, Impossible Objects and Ricoh 3D entered into a new partnership to make Carbon Fiber composite materials for printing on the Composite Based Additive Manufacturing (CBAM) process. The new material options remove barriers to printing parts for drones, aircraft, automobiles, athletic gear, and more. 
  • In April 2021, Hyosung Advanced Materials signed a long-term contract with Hanwha Solutions with the aim to supply high-strength carbon fiber to be used to reinforce fuel tanks for hydrogen vehicles for six years from 2021. The supply is worth about 160 billion won ($144 million).

Report Scope



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value & ‘000 Units for Volume

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • U.K
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Australia
  • GCC
  • South Africa

Key Market Segments Covered

  • Precursor Material Type
  • Tow Size
  • End User
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Hyosung
  • Kemrock
  • Dow/AkSA
  • Cytec
  • Hexcel
  • SGL
  • Formosa Plastics
  • Mitsubishi Rayon
  • Toho Tenax
  • Toray


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Key Segments Covered

  • Precursor Material Type

    • PAN based Carbon Fiber
    • Pitch based Carbon Fiber
    • Rayon based Carbon Fiber
  • Tow Size

    • Small Tow Carbon Fiber
    • Large Tow Carbon Fiber
  • End User

    • Carbon Fiber for Aerospace & Defence
    • Carbon Fiber for Energy & Mining
    • Carbon Fiber for Sport/Leisure
    • Carbon Fiber for Automotive
    • Carbon Fiber for Construction
    • Carbon Fiber for Other End Users

- FAQs -

According to Fact.MR, the carbon fiber market is projected to register an impressive valuation of US$ 9 Bn by 2031.

A CAGR exceeding 8% is anticipated for the global market for carbon fiber until 2031

From 2016 to 2020, sales of carbon fibers ascended at a CAGR of 3%

Fact.MR anticipates that roughly 138,000 tons of carbon fiber are likely to be sold around the world by 2031-end.

Government initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is currently driving the demand for carbon fiber

PAN-based CF will remain preferred, comprising 95% of global market demand

The market across the US is projected to be highly lucrative, growing at 7% CAGR

According to Fact.MR, almost 50,000 tons of carbon fibers will be sold across China

Aerospace & defence is the primary carbon fiber consumer, experiencing 3 out of 5 sales

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