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BIW composites industry overview

BIW composites industry overview

Publication Date: 25/11/2021

Use of composites for manufacturing automotive body-in-white (BIW) parts is on the rise. Some of the main composite types used in a BIW include carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP), natural fiber reinforced plastic, sheet molding compound and steel laminated sheets.

The high strength-to-weight ratio of the composites offers an extremely appealing solution for automakers to reduce the weight of the vehicle without compromising on its safety. Reducing weight of the vehicle has become an immediate concern for all OEMs to meet the ever tightening emission and fuel efficiency norms.

Although composites will face competition from advanced high strength steel (AHSS) and newer aluminum alloys, their use is expected to increase to more BIW components.

This report entails how the composite industry is preparing up to meet the challenges through efficient forming processes and environmentally sustainable approach.

The analysis includes composites use forecast  and material selection trends among various OEMs, across four key regions— Europe, Greater China, Japan/Korea and North America.

1. Overview
a) Report summary
b) Research methodology
c) Introduction

2. Technology analysis
a) Overview
b) Types of composites
c) Types of forming processes
d) Life cycle assessment of composites

3. Regional demand
a) Europe
b) Greater China
c) Japan/South Korea
d) North America

4. OEM analysis
a) Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi
b) BMW Group
c) GeelyGroup
d) General Motors
e) Ford

5. Supplier analysis
a) Toray
b) Material Science Corporation (MSC)
c) SGL Carbon
d) Plasan Carbon Composites
e) Magna

6. Conclusion

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