What is more, the marine composites market is growing owing to the large demand for sailboats, yatches in the leisure industry. The growth of the super-rich (High Net Worth Individuals- HNWI) and the expenditure on luxury shopping will see a rise in this sector. Due to this factor the industry is forecasted to rise in the coming years.
The key regions with market opportunities in the new boat building industries are China, South Korea, and other oceanic regions. Asia Pacific has the highest growth rate for the Marine Composite Market. Although Europe has much potential but due to the high costs of styrene there has been much decline.
Composites are currently being used in sail boats, jet boats, cruise ships, powerboats. These materials are used in various parts of maritime vessels like interiors to furniture. The most popular material is glass fiber due to the less cost compared to carbon fiber composites.
Composites are not only used extensively for recreational boats building, they are also used in naval shipbuilding, said professor V.N. Polovinkin in his article “Advanced structural materials”.
“Fuel tanks, spheres, cylinders, corps of rocket engines, pressure accumulators, breathing cylinders for divers, and pilots have been developed and commissioned”. Among reinforcing fillers for composites used in naval shipbuilding, the professor also mentioned basalt fibers.