The Future of Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics in Europe to 2018

The European market for fibre-reinforced thermoplastics will grow by 2018. Get our expert industry market research featuring exclusive tables and analysis.


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Product type: Market report
Product format: Market Report
Number of pages: 200

The Future of Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastics in Europe: Market Forecasts to 2018, provides detailed market forecasts and trends by product type and geographic region. Expert research highlights emerging applications, global consumption rates and the continued battle to control costs. This exclusive information will be crucial to your decision making.



  • Quantitative a qualitative forecasts of FRT by product type, end use and region
  • Trends by end use for transportation, construction, sports & leisure, electronic, more
  • Exclusive tables showing technology developments for FRT suppliers and compounds


Smithers Rapra’s in-house primary research, supported by extensive industry data, underpins both our appraisal of existing market conditions and our forecasting. Primary research was based on interviews with industry personnel across the value chain, including leading suppliers, manufacturers and end users. Discussions with industry influencers supplemented this  research. Secondary research was founded on an extensive literature review of market and company reports, magazine and journal abstracts, trends, and market information. Smithers Rapra’s conference papers have also greatly enhanced our findings.


  • The dynamics of the FRT industry, with reference to production methods and market trends.
  • Global supply and demand, and production capacities, with focus on the impact on the European arena
  • Drivers and trends effecting the market growth will also be discussed


  • Learn about cutting-edge developments by fibre type and region
  • Use strategic perspectives on new materials and applications, and opportunities for informed planning and positioning
  • Find out how consumption breaks down geographically, and what’s driving global growth


  • Those interested in FRT applications: automotive, aerospace, rail transportation, building and construction, as well as marine and military applications
  • FRT producers, suppliers, end users
  • FRT processing and testing
  • Consultants and analysts


  • One hard copy of the report sent to you on publication date
  • Electronic copy with searchable PDF
  • Global intranet licence allowing everyone in your organisation electronic access to the study


  • Statistics and data to illustrate the future of FRT markets to 2018
  • Analysis of cutting-edge technology developments and the opportunities they afford your business
  • Markets broken down by product type, end use and region
  • Strategic forecasts to inform your business planning

Table of Contents

Executive summary

  • Overview
  • Market by product type
  • Market by end use
  • ↘↘ Transportation
  • ↘↘ Electric/electronic
  • ↘↘ Sport and leisure
  • ↘↘ Construction and others
  • Market by country

Introduction and methodology

  • Report scope
  • Report methodology
  • Report definitions

Industry overview

  • Introduction
  • Markets by product group and end use
  • ↘↘ Compounded short-fibre-reinforced thermoplastics (C-SFT)
  • ↘↘ Compounded long-fibre-reinforced thermoplastics (C-LFT)
  • ↘↘ Direct long-fibre-reinforced thermoplastics (D-LFT)
  • >> In-line direct compounding and injection moulding of long-fibre reinforced thermoplastics (DIMLFT)
  • >> In-line direct compounding and compression moulding of long-fibre reinforced thermoplastics (ILCLFT)
  • ↘↘ Glass mat-reinforced thermoplastics (GMT)
  • ↘↘ Endless tape and/or fibre-reinforced thermoplastics (E-LFT)
  • ↘↘ Laminates and other composites
  • ↘↘ Other processes
  • Markets by end use

Cutting-edge technology developments

  • Fibre-reinforced thermoplastics suppliers and their compounds
  • ↘↘ Short-fibre-reinforced grades (C-SFT)
  • >> Short-fibre-reinforced polyamide grades (C-SFT-PA)
  • ↘↘ Long-fibre-reinforced grades (C-LFT)
  • >> Long-fibre-reinforced PP (C-LFTPP)
  • >> Long-fibre-reinforced polyamide grades (C-LFT-PA)
  • >> Long-fibre-reinforced TPU (C-LFTTPU)
  • >> Higher performance C-LFT grades (HP-C-LFT)
  • >> Non-glass fibre C-LFT 00 Properties of fibre-reinforced thermoplastics
  • ↘↘ Short-fibre-reinforced compounds
  • >> Polyamide-based compounds (C-SFTPA)
  • >> Polypropylene-based compounds (C-SFT-PP)
  • >> Thermoplastic polyurethane-based compounds (C-SFT-TPU)
  • ↘↘ Long-fibre-reinforced compounds
  • >> Polypropylene- and polyamide-based compounds
  • >> Thermoplastic polyurethanes-based compounds (C-LFT-TPU)
  • ↘↘ High-impact/toughened
  • ↘↘ Medium-impact/toughened
  • >> Toughened polyamide compounds
  • >> Higher performance reinforced thermoplastics grades FRT market by end use
  • Transportation
  • ↘↘ Automotive
  • ↘↘ Aerospace
  • ↘↘ Rail transport
  • Electrical/electronic
  • ↘↘ Connectors
  • Construction
  • Sports and leisure
  • ↘↘ Marine
  • ↘↘ Other sports and leisure
  • Others
  • ↘↘ Armaments
  • ↘↘ Consumer goods

FRT market by type

  • Reinforcements
  • ↘↘ Glass fibres
  • >> AGY – S2 high-strength glass fibres
  • >> OCV reinforcements (US, France)
  • >> 3B – the fibreglass company (Belgium)
  • >> P-D Glasseiden Oschatz
  • >> Jushi Group
  • >> Johns Manville
  • ↘↘ Carbon fibres
  • >> General
  • >> Teijin
  • >> Toho Tenax
  • >> Zoltek
  • >> Kemrock
  • >> Kureha Chemical
  • ↘↘ Engineering fibres
  • >> Boron fibres
  • ↘↘ Natural fibres
  • >> Kenaf
  • >> Flax and hemp
  • >> Wood flour and fibres
  • >> Other
  • ↘↘ Recycled thermoplastics and reinforcements
  • ↘↘ Polymeric fibres
  • >> Aramid
  • >> Polypropylene
  • >> Polyester
  • >> Polyethylene
  • ↘↘ Self-reinforcing plastics composites (SRP)
  • ↘↘ Mineral fibre reinforcements
  • >> Basalt fibres
  • ↘↘Woven fabrics
  • ↘↘ Foams
  • ↘↘ Prepregs
  • ↘↘ Mats

FRT market by region 

  • Introduction
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Other regions

The competitive landscape

  • Major compounders

Future developments

  • Current and future trends
  • Summary and conclusions

Tables and Figures

  • Estimated European market for FRT, 2012–2018
  • Estimated European consumption of FRT, by product group, 2012–2018
  • Estimated European consumption of FRT in the transportation sector, 2012–2018
  • Estimated European consumption of FRT in the electrical and electronic sector, 2012–2018
  • Estimated European consumption of FRT in the sports and leisure sector, 2012–2018
  • Estimated European consumption of FRT in the construction and others sector
  • Estimated European market for FRT by country – 2013
  • Estimated European market for FRT by country – 2018
  • Estimated European market by product group for FRT, 2012–2013
  • Estimated European market for FRT by end use: 2012–2013 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Estimated European FRT market by end use and product group, 2012 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Estimated European FRT market by end use and product, 2013 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Estimated European FRT market by end use and product, 2018 (‘000 tonnes)
  • C-LFT compounders supplying the European market and their products
  • Polypropylene C-LFT compounds offered to the European market
  • Polyamide C-LFT compounds supplied to the European market
  • TPU C-LFT compounds supplied to the European market
  • High-performance glass-fibre-reinforced C-LFT grades available in the European market and fibre concentrations (%)
  • C-LFT non-glass fibre compoundsoffered to the European market 
  • Typical properties of C-SFT-PA6/6 with increasing glass fibre content
  • Typical properties of C-SFT-PA6 with increasing glass fibre content
  • Properties of C-SFT-PP with increasing glass fibre content
  • Properties of ester-based versus ether based C-SFT TPUs
  • Selected properties of long-fibre glass-reinforced polyamide 6/6 versus polypropylene (chemically coupled)
  • Typical properties of high-impact and medium-impact, toughened C-LFT TPUs (40% versus 60% glass)
  • Comparison of the main properties of selected high-performance reinforced compounds (40% reinforcement)
  • Typical automotive applications for LFT 
  • Applications for LFT in the aerospace industry
  • European armaments manufacturers using FRTs
  • Major suppliers of short glass fibres (chopped strand) to European C-SFT compounders
  • Mineral content of high-strength glass fibres (%)
  • Major suppliers of long glass fibres and continuous rovings to European LFT compounders
  • Major global suppliers of continuous carbon fibre rovings
  • Estimated global production of PAN based carbon fibres – 2008–2011 (thousand tonnes)
  • Estimated global production of pitchbased carbon fibres – 2008–2011 (thousand tonnes)
  • E-modulus comparison between highperformance thermoplastics compounds reinforced with short-glass fibres, high tenacity CF and HM-CF (GPa)
  • Properties of Kureha Pitch carbon fibres
  • Properties of natural fibres compared with glass fibre
  • Properties of Kenaf reinforced PP (homopolymer, MFR 12, 2.16kg, 230°C), compared with mineral fillers and glass fibres
  • Properties of woven flax composites
  • Properties of hemp-reinforced PP
  • Examples of producers of natural-fibrereinforced polypropylene
  • Aramid continuous yarns supplied to European compounders
  • Properties of Curv PP/PP-tape composite
  • Properties of basalt fibres compared with other high-performance fibres
  • Estimated European market for FRT, by country and by product group, 2013 (‘000 tonnes
  • Forecast European market for FRT, by country and by product group, 2018 (‘000 tonnes)
  • C-SFT compounders supplying the European market