Before the COVID-induced downturn earlier in 2020, composites were gaining share over traditional lightweight materials such as aluminum. As production rates stabilize at lower levels than 2019’s, what is the outlook now? Will COVID’s disruption accelerate, slow, or even reverse the tide of adoption by the aerospace industry? Lastly, what are the prospects for still further disruption?
This presentation will provide an outlook on air traffic (in this case highlighting the differences between CFRP intensive widebodies and narrowbodies), production rates (they’ve dropped, will they drop more?), and ultimately aerospace demand for composites, using Charles Edwards’ proprietary raw materials model, as well as commentary on trends that are driving the outlook.