Recently, the glass fiber composites industry association of the United States released the global market trend forecast and opportunity analysis report of glass fiber composites. In the next 5 years, the total consumption level of the global glass fiber composite market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 8.5%, and its market share is expected to reach $108 billion in 2022, the report said.
The market report also provides a detailed analysis and prediction of glass fiber composites in different industries, and points out that in the next 5 years, automobile firmware, architectural decoration, safety protection, aerospace and liquid filtration will become the 5 key areas of glass fiber complex development, and their market share will account for 80% of the total glass fiber. And the product will show the trend of overall high-end development.
From the perspective of regional distribution, the demand for fiberglass composites has been greatly increased in the Asia Pacific and Middle East infrastructure.
At present, the Asian glass fiber composite market accounts for 35% of the total value of the world glass fiber composite material. It is predicted that the Asian composite market will grow in two figures in the next 5 years, and the output value will account for half of the total output value of the world composite material. In addition, Asia's glass fiber composite dealers are growing at an average annual rate of 18%.
Market forecast: the global automotive glass fiber composite market is expected to grow to US $4 billion 300 million in 2018, and the composite annual growth rate of ~2020 will reach 30% in 2018. Among them, sales in Asia are expected to reach US $1 billion 300 million.
Facing the problem: at present, the fiberglass vehicle firmware factory lacks general engineering experience, and has adapted to the assembly line based on metal parts. It is quite prudent to replace the equipment for risk and replacement cost. In addition, the European reimbursement vehicle law is required to enhance the recycling capacity of the car, which will lead to a large scale of carbon fiber materials to enter the industry. In spite of the relatively mature technology of reinforced glass composite technology, there will still be fierce competition in the future of carbon fiber composites.
Enterprise trends: the Zetajet glass fiber nonwovens, developed by Textilgruppe Hof, Germany, can be used to produce car sound-absorbing boards in the range of 18 grams per square meter to 350 g / sq m. As a result of the use of a specific fiber orientation technology, the use of Zetajet glass fiber nonwovens to make a bottom sound-absorbing board can greatly reduce the gas resistance and negative impact of the vehicle during the driving process, and help to improve the mileage per gallon of gasoline. In addition, the material can perform special functional treatment according to the needs of customers. At present, Zetajet materials have been recognized by the 3 largest auto brand manufacturers in Germany, and will take the lead in BMW's new generation of vehicles in September this year.
The German Cole Mcgee group has recently developed a safety belt made of 100% high strength glass fibers and will not deform with time. Although the strength of this seat belt is quite high, it still has a smooth appearance that minimizes the damage to the seat belt and does not feel depressed. In addition, this seat belt also has the characteristics of suppressing UV and smoothness.
Market forecast: it is estimated that by the end of 2018, the consumption of fiberglass composite materials will reach 9 million 600 thousand tons. Among them, Asian demand is 2 million 560 thousand tons, North American demand is 3 million 140 thousand tons, European demand is 2 million 100 thousand tons, and demand in other regions is 1 million 800 thousand tons. Today, the construction of glass fiber composites in Asia has maintained a 34% growth rate, while the Americas and Europe have maintained 15% and 25% growth respectively.
Faced with the problem: green glass fiber composite materials and building materials will be a great trend both in building and home decoration. But currently restricted by the environment of the entire building materials market, the formation of this trend may take some time. In addition, the non-standard production of green building materials manufacturers is also a major factor affecting its popularity.
Business trends: the German Corporation of Germany and the University of Stuttgart, Germany, jointly developed a building production process based on glass fiber structure, which is a bionic simulation of the ability to build natural organisms. Because of the light quality of special glass fiber and high elastic strength, the multi interconnected robot system can control glass fiber with high precision on the premise of maintaining high operating tension. According to the project leader, in this case, fiberglass is used not only to build the mould frame, but also to bear the tension and pressure of the building. The building can complete the structural design of the long-span cantilever, thanks to the excellent performance of the carbon fiber.
The new product of the United States Group is a comprehensive indoor roof protection system. The base material of this system is a glass fiber composite material and a modified spunbonded product. The adhesive used in the production process is a new bio based adhesive, which will not release formaldehyde and other indoor harmful volatile gases, but can distribute the steam inside the system at any time to keep the material system dry as a whole. It is worth mentioning that the system has also added liquid application systems to reduce noise pollution, especially in the high-rise building market.
Market forecast: in 2018, sales of the global security and protection products market are expected to be $75 billion, and Asia will reach 21 billion yuan, with an average annual growth rate of 11.5%. In 2018, the profit margin of the global fiberglass safety and protective supplies supply market will reach 20%.
It is a difficult problem to overcome: in large international activities, how to successfully and pollution-free transport of fiberglass composites to the hardware security of the active venues is a problem to be tackled.
Business trend: the FOSS company's latest "antibacterial respirator" has a super sterilization efficiency. The filter material used in the respirator is made of recyclable glass fiber. The fiber material prepared by the special process has excellent safety. Two component core core staple fibers were selected for the antibacterial fiber layer of the filter medium.
The Japanese Wisconsin company launched Gt anti cutting gloves, which gained 3 million US dollars in 3 months after being listed in 2017. The anti - cutting gloves contain three layers of elastic fabric. The addition of anti - UV inhibitor and air antibacterial agent makes the gloves not only have good environmental protection function, but also have a certain effect on mosquito repellent, especially in the field environment.
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Market forecasts: the American Aerospace Industry Association predicts that the ~2022 year of 2018 is a period of great benefits for the global commercial and military aviation market, and almost all aviation sectors will grow. The association also predicts that military aviation sales will increase by $45 billion 700 million in this period, while civilian aircraft sales will increase to $102 billion 500 million, a 3.8% increase over the same period. Glass fiber reinforced composites and carbon fiber composites will be evenly distributed.
Faced with difficult problems: glass fiber composite material as an important carrier of carrier aviation material, its development is faced with two major technical problems, one is to reduce the damage to the human body by the space environment, and the two is to improve the life-saving technology and the safe return technology.
Business trend: Portugal Temp group recently launched the latest fan blade, called TE-copd. The blade is made of SE2020 glass yarn from 3B group in the reinforced material, and is combined with axial cloth, C cloth and Suk foam sandwich. It not only solves the problem of the weight of the traditional process products, but also has a new feature of multi direction force and multi-layer structure, and the iron part is preburied at the root. The requirements of tensile strength, shearing resistance and fatigue strength increase the safety of the product during its use.
The America Astronautics Co made a new civil aircraft interior decoration with carbon fiber T300, aramid fiber and special glass fiber composite. The specimen has high vitrification temperature, good ablative reappearance and high high temperature mechanical properties. In addition, the material has a certain "memory", that is, it can be expanded to 400% of the original surface area. When heated to 60 degrees Celsius ~70 degrees Celsius, the material becomes flexible and deformable. Its new shape is hardened during cooling and keeps its original shape "memory", so that the original shape can be restored after heating. The head of America Astronautics Co said the product will be promoted in Europe and Asia since May this year.
Market forecast: the 2018 water treatment pre control report points out that the sales of glass fiber composites used for liquid filtration will reach $5 billion 800 million in 2018, while the European market is still dominant, while Asia will leap over America to second.
Facing difficult problems: how to obtain higher filtration efficiency, more detailed separation field and strict inspection by regulators is a common problem for filter materials enterprises, regardless of civil or industrial use.
Business trend: Hollin recently introduced a modified glass fiber nanofiltration membrane that can be used in commercial HVAC systems. Such nanofiltration membrane is a synthetic substitute for fiberglass medium material, but it has stronger endurance and higher release efficiency than the latter. In addition, the nano wave filter membrane can make more submicron particles on the surface of the membrane maintain a more durable filtration efficiency and a higher MERV classification.
FibeRio Cyclone's FE4.1 system is introduced. The latest filtration membrane production system can produce membrane materials with an average diameter of 500 nanometers and below, and ensure consistency in other properties, such as slipstream, layer and absorption, with a high standard distribution technology. At present, a number of filter materials companies have begun to order the system to produce all kinds of needled nonwovens with fiberglass expansion functions, so the future of the product is very promising.
The product developed by Lydall is a new generation of composite nanofiber filtration material MSPP. The filter layer of MSPP is to clamp the electrospun polyacrylonitrile nanofibers between two layers of carbon fibers to form a sandwich structure, which increases the chance of collision between the Brown movement particles and nanofibers, and then improves the filtration efficiency. The filter layer of MSPP also contains a layer of compressed electrospun glass mat with silver nanoparticles, which has good antibacterial effect. The product can be used for bag filter to achieve efficient filtration level.