SiC fibres are high-performance fibres that are used as reinforcements in Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs), Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCs), and Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs). Continuous, woven, and other forms of
are available for use in the aerospace and defence, energy and power, industrial, and other sectors. The aerospace and defence industries are the primary drivers of the SiC fibres market. These fibres are potential nickel alloy substitutes in the hot section components of engines and nuclear reactors because they weigh one-third the weight of nickel alloys and can withstand temperatures as high as 3,6320F without cooling. As a result, there is a growing demand for lightweight, fuel-efficient aircraft and land-based gas turbine engines.
From 2013 to 2020, companies in the SiC fibres market strengthened their positions through expansions and new product/technology launches. GE Aviation (US), BJS Ceramics (Germany), Institute of Energy Science & Technology (Japan), Suzhou Saifei Group (China), Haydale Technologies (US), Matech (US), Specialty Materials, Inc. (US), NASA Glenn Research Center (US), Ningbo Zhongxing New Materials Co. Ltd. (China), and COI Ceramics, Inc. (US). In 2019, GE Aviation (US) and BJS Ceramics (Germany) began pilot SiC fibre production.
NGS Advanced Fiber Co. Ltd. is the world's largest producer of SiC fibres. The company is a subsidiary of Nippon Carbon that manages SiC fibre slaes, R&D, and manufacturing. The firm is a collaboration between Nippon (Japan), Safran (France), and GE Aviation (US). The company is concentrating on utilising cutting-edge technologies to increase production capacity of high-performance Hi- NICALON and Hi- NICALON Type-S products. It intends to expand its global production of SiC fibres in order to meet the growing demand for SiC fibers.
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