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Increasing Lightweight Vehicle Adoption Augmenting Biocomposite Production

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Aryan Kumar
Increasing Lightweight Vehicle Adoption Augmenting Biocomposite Production

Biocomposites refer to structural materials that are created from renewable resources. After their successful use, these materials biodegrade in an anaerobic environment to produce a feedstock or fuel that is sustainable and degradable. The disposal of these composites is quite easy, and it causes no harm to the environment. Due to the high durability of these substances, they are majorly used to increase the shelf-life of products. These composites are made of materials that are used for multiple tissue engineering and restorative applications owing to their superior mechanical properties, biodegradability, and biocompatibility.


These composites are being increasingly used in the automobile industry as they offer huge energy and cost savings for automakers. Moreover, the low weight of biocomposites also makes them ideal for the automotive industry. With the increasing adoption of lightweight vehicles owing to their energy efficiency, the biocomposites market will advance at a CAGR of 12.8% during 2018–2023. The market stood at $4,167.2 million in 2017, and it is projected to reach $8,473.4 million by 2023. Additionally, the usage of bio-based composites also reduces the dependence of automakers on non-renewable, petroleum-based polymeric plastics.


The automotive sector uses a high volume of natural fiber composites (NFCs) in doors, windows, dashboards, and driver cabins. NFCs are emerging as environmentally superior and lightweight alternatives to carbon and glass fibers, as the manufacturing of natural fibers has a weaker environmental impact than glass fiber production, while the low weight of NFCs helps in improving the fuel efficiency of vehicles and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Moreover, the end-of-life disposal of NFCs leads to carbon credits and energy recovery.


According to P&S Intelligence, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region dominated the biocomposites market in the past due to the escalating adoption of lightweight materials in the automotive and aerospace industries, spurring demand for flame-retardant and electricity-resistant materials in the electrical and electronic sector, and accelerating usage of chemical- and corrosion- resistant materials in the pipe and tank and construction industries. Moreover, the region is also expected to adopt bio-based components at the highest rate in the coming years.


Thus, the growing consumption of lightweight and biodegradable composites in automotive and military aircraft production will augment the usage of biocomposites in the foreseeable years.


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