The Composites Expert Mission travelled to Dallas, Tennessee and Alabama in October 2018.


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Focusing in on the US market initially, it can be seen that in 2016 the market was worth $24.8 billion and will grow to $32.9 billion by 2022, providing an overall compound annual growth rate of 4.8%. ACMA states that glass fibre is the reinforcement most commonly used, but they do not yet have all the data for the market broken down by material types. Although the wind sector has the largest compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of all the industry sectors, it can be seen that the value of the sector is tiny. The US dominates the global aerospace composites market and will also claim a large share of future growth. The US will also do well in the global marine market, although the size is relatively small. However, the transportation market is also of interest as this is large and the US will also capture a large share of global growth. 

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The Composites Expert Mission travelled to Dallas, Tennessee and Alabama in October 2018 and in the publication, KTN share the information and insights gathered during the delegation’s time in the USA.

Read the latest Global Expert Mission Report “Composites in USA 2018” here.

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