Automotive Composites Market – Japan’s Demand Outlook

Automotive Composites Market – Japan’s Demand Outlook

The growth opportunities for composites in the automotive industry are primarily linked with the industry’s drive for lower emission and increased fuel efficiency. Automotive composites also provide the option of replacement of metals with composites to reduce the weight of the vehicle, achieving fuel efficiency. Automotive composites like glass fibre composites, carbon fibre composites and natural fibre composites are in coming years are more likely to play an important role to play across the automotive sectors to help meet the objectives of Paris Climate agreement like reducing the greenhouse gases in the environment. The use of composite materials has been common for motor sports and super car, it is also finding its way for not only luxury and premium vehicles but also to develop the for mainstream automotive products.

At present, plastics represent for around 16% of the weight of an automotive, which is further expected to reach 25%. Composites now account for less than 1% for automotive weight and in the forecast period it is estimate to account for more than 2.1% of the total automotive weight by 2025. While composites have been used in cars for decades, their use has grown in recent decades with pressure to reduce weight to meet mileage standards. Today,composites are used for much more than just body panels, including car frames to rims, springs and truck bed liners. Composites allow designers and engineers to completely rethink parts across virtually every transportation system from automotive to aerospace. Composites offer a host of advantages including their flexibility, light weight, durability, resistance to corrosion, and how easily they bond with non-composite materials

Automotive Composites Market in Japan

Automotive composites demand in Japan was estimated at 191 kilotons in 2017 and is projected to reach 258.5 tons in 2025, implying a compound annual growth rate of 3.8% between 2018 and 2025. Automotive composites demand growth in all application segments is supported by the excellent properties and enhanced performance in high-end automotive application. Though the country’s growth in comparison to other majors like China and South Korea, is slow due to sluggish demand as there has been a shift in the electronics and automotive sector majorly towards China and other Asia-Pacific countries, has led to the Japan losing its market share to other Asian countries.

Japan Automotive Composite demand by type – 2017

Japan Automotive Composite demand by type – 2017 (191 kilo tons)

The composites market in Japan during the economic recession and after that witnessed a decline in production as many production plants relocated to China. However, Japan still retains the number one position in carbon fiber production.

Japan Automotive Composites demand by Application (2010-2025)

Japan Automotive Composites demand by Application (2010-2025) Japan has an established automotive industry and ranks third behind China and the United States in terms of number of automotive produced. The country has been a major exporter of automotive vehicles including passenger cars, busses, and motorcycles. North America and Europe are major importers of Japanese vehicles.The huge Japanese automotive industry is driving the demand of automotive composites in the country. In terms of consumption, exterior applications accounted for 34.5% followed by power train application for 22.2% of the domestic demand which translates to 66 kilo tons and 42.4 kilo tons. In the long term forecast the composites demand from exterior applications will reach 85.7 kilo tons growing at a CAGR of 3.3%.

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