Composites end markets: Boatbuilding and marine (2023)

While the recreational boating market is challenged to meet record-breaking sales in 2020 and 2021, composite materials and design innovation are abound, with a noticeable focus on 3D printing, biomaterials and sustainability.


Composites end markets: Energy (2023)

Composites are used widely in oil/gas, wind and other renewable energy applications. Despite market challenges, growth potential and innovation for composites continue.

CompositesWorld SourceBook 2023

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Composites end markets: Automotive (2023)

Electrification and a focus on sustainability lead to opportunities and innovations in composites, from battery enclosures to structural components and more.


Materials & Processes: Fiber formats for composites

Fibers used to reinforce composites are supplied directly by fiber manufacturers and indirectly by converters in a number of different forms, which vary depending on the application. Here's a guide to what's available.


Materials & Processes: Tooling for composites

Composite parts are formed in molds, also known as tools. Tools can be made from virtually any material. The material type, shape and complexity depend upon the part and length of production run. Here's a short summary of the issues involved in electing and making tools.


Materials & Processes: Fibers for composites

The structural properties of composite materials are derived primarily from the fiber reinforcement. Fiber types, their manufacture, their uses and the end-market applications in which they find most use are described.

Carbon Fibers

Materials & Processes: Composites fibers and resins

Compared to legacy materials like steel, aluminum, iron and titanium, composites are still coming of age, and only just now are being better understood by design and manufacturing engineers. However, composites’ physical properties — combined with unbeatable light weight — make them undeniably attractive. 


Materials & Processes: Resin matrices for composites

The matrix binds the fiber reinforcement, gives the composite component its shape and determines its surface quality. A composite matrix may be a polymer, ceramic, metal or carbon. Here’s a guide to selection.

Filament Winding

Materials & Processes: Fabrication methods

There are numerous methods for fabricating composite components. Selection of a method for a particular part, therefore, will depend on the materials, the part design and end-use or application. Here's a guide to selection.


Composites end markets: Construction (2022)

The construction industry is an economy unto itself, and will be worth more than $15 trillion annually by 2030. More than 36 million new housing units will be required in the world’s 20 largest cities by 2025. Legacy materials dominate in this market, but the opportunities for composites are substantial, and growing.

Composites end markets: Industrial (2022)

Composites often must meet a certain aesthetic in applications where the consumer is the end user. But fiber-reinforced materials are just as valuable in industrial applications where corrosion resistance, high strength and durability are the performance key.

Energy Storage

Composites end markets: Pressure vessels (2022)

Global goals to reach zero emissions by 2050 drive high growth in composite pressure vessels.


Composites end markets: Utility infrastructure (2022)

Durability, corrosion resistance and a variety of other factors make composite materials an increasingly popular material for a variety of utility infrastructure applications, from utility poles to trench covers.


Composites end markets: Aerospace (2022)

The distribution of vaccine and the apparent retreat of COVID-19 — even if sporadic and uneven — has allowed passengers to return to flying again with increased confidence. But the commercial aircraft landscape seems permanently altered by the pandemic. 


Composites end markets: Electronics (2022)

Composites are increasingly being investigated for consumer electronics applications to solve weight, durability or radio-transparency issues.


Composites end markets: Automotive (2022)

As the automotive industry begins the transition from internal combustion to electric powertrains, composite materials are making a case for lightweighting and sustainability.

Energy Storage

Composites end markets: Fuel cells and batteries (2022)

Fuel cell vehicles are slated for high growth while battery electric vehicles ramp in production, both are driving new developments in composites materials and processes.


Composites end markets: Oil and gas (2022)

Non-corrosive composites continue to be attractive for offshore and onshore oil and gas applications and components — and for energy storage in an evolving energy landscape.


Composites end markets: Sports and recreation (2022)

Composites use continues to grow across sporting goods markets, thanks to rising consumer demands and new material developments.


Composites end markets: Boatbuilding and marine (2022)

Boat sales remain high during the pandemic, with carbon and glass fiber still in high demand. 3D printing, biomaterials and recycling move forward while hydrogen propulsion grows rapidly with the pursuit of zero emissions.

Carbon Fibers

Composites end markets: Renewable energy (2022)

Driven by growth in offshore wind and global renewable energy and emissions reduction targets, wind energy continues to dominate composites use and R&D efforts.

Carbon Fibers

Materials & Processes: Composites for repair

Composites offer cost-effective means to repair, protect and/or strengthen structures made of steel, concrete or other materials.


Materials & Processes: Composites part design

Designers of composite parts can choose from a huge variety of fiber reinforcements and resin systems. That makes knowledge of how those materials work together a critically important aspect of part development. Here's a short description of what that knowledge entails.

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