Use of Honeycomb Core Materials Has Amplified in the Automotive Industry- Traverse through the Scenario
24 Nov 2021
When it comes to manufacturing composite sandwich structures, honeycomb core has been indispensable and is in use for many years indeed. Apart from offering the much required rigidity and toughness to the composite structure, it makes sure that the weight of the composition remains minimum. This core material tends to rivet the snip forces produced out of planeloads, thereby dispersing between the skins and diffusing them over a sizeable area while perpetuating the core skins as well. At the same time, it proffers sound concentration, thermal wadding, electromagnetic protection, and other benefits too.
According to Allied Market Research, the global honeycomb core materials marketis anticipated to grow at a considerable CAGR from 2021 to 2030. In the last few years, there’s been a steady incline in demand for eco-friendly and high-strength yet lightweight solutions across the world. Honeycomb core materials are now being widely taken recourse to so as to fabricate an array of different automotive components such as interior body plates, floorings, chassis modules, reflectors, resonators, spoilers, and many more. These factors have worked as the major drivers boosting the growth of the market in more than one way. Simultaneously, increasing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles in the majority of countries is propelling the automotive manufacturers to incorporate firsthand materials with exclusive properties, which has been highly beneficial for the growth of the market. Last but not the least; growing inclination toward Boeing and Airbus has supplemented the growth yet more.
The major frontrunners in the industry have also started focusing on innovative core materials including thermoformable honeycomb, clustered caps, and conformable foam to bring in innovations in the procedure. Such core materials tend to dole out several advantages in regards to ease of bringing about curved shapes and fixing into molds. Furthermore, cast-off PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is now being utilized to produce core materials to curtail the cost of compound structures. These sustainable bio-based polymers are getting overtly preferred since these constituents are perfectly in line with environmental and ecological practices.
The outbreak of the pandemic disrupted the operations of the majority of industries, and the aerospace and automotive sectors were also not an exception in this regard. This factor had impacted the honeycomb core materials market negatively, especially in the initial period. The huge disruption in the supply chain also gave way to significant disorders in the production activities. Also, slowdown of the key applications areas for core materials nettled up the scenario even more. However, as the global situation is getting ameliorated at a slow and steady pace, the market is projected to revive soon.
Chief editor of review team at FinancesOnline Alex Hillsberg is an expert in the area of B2B and SaaS related products. He has worked for several B2B startups in the past and gathered a lot of first hand knowledge about the industry during that time.