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Automated fiber placement is a composites manufacturing process of heating and compacting synthetic resin pre-impregnated non-metallic fibers on typically complex tooling mandrels. ATL machines are designed for high speed tape laying of aircraft structural components. AFP- ATL technology aids in better precision and increased deposition rates. The rising automation in the aerospace industry is expected to drive the global automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines market growth. The demand for AFP- ATL machines is rapidly growing owing to increasing need for revolutionizing the composite manufacturing process.

The global automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines market is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period (2021–2028) due rising automation in the aerospace industry. Automation provides many benefits within the aerospace industry. Automation increases efficiency and productivity of business processes and offers quality control. Aerospace manufacturing is a specialized and complex process. Automated fiber placement and tape laying (AFP/ATL) are the technologies that have revolutionized the production of composite structures for the aviation and space industry. Complex composite structures that have been built manually (using hand lay-up) are automatically produced using AFP/ATL technologies, resulting in higher throughput, improved composite structure quality, reduced scrap material, reduced labor costs, reduced manufacturing time, accuracy, and repeatability of the production process.The comprehensive software solutions in automated fiber placement and tape laying (AFP/ATL) machines allow complex shapes to be programmed quickly. For instance, Mikrosam offers Special AFP solution – multi-robotic work cell, which provides maximum production flexibility for the applications in aerospace industry.

The major factor restraining growth of the global automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines market is high capital cost of AFP-ATL machines. The automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines are expensive and need high capital investment. This is one of the primary restraining factors for growth of the automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines market. Also, the automated fiber placements and automated tape laying AFP-ATL machines are very complex and need skilled laborers to operate it. The high cost of automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP-ATL) machines along with the need for highly skilled technicians are key factors that limit its usage in the highly cost-sensitive markets such as automotive and building & construction. For instance, in 2013, National Composites Centre (NCC) invested US$ 4 million in composite manufacturing equipment- automated fiber placement (AFP) machine in Bristol, England

Global Automated Fiber Placements and Automated Tape Laying (AFP- ATL) Machines Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

COVID-19 has significantly disrupted almost all the industries including, aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, wind energy, and others. To combat COVID-19 pandemic, most of the countries have implemented lockdown and are now easing it phase-wise and industry wise. This has significantly impacted manufacturing sector as the facilities across the globe were temporarily shut down.

COVID-19 has turned into a global crisis and it has a significant impact on the supply-side as well as the demand side of the AFP and ATL machines market. Companies need to evaluate impacts on three fronts: supply chain, market demand, and workforce.

The coronavirus pandemic has reduced commercial air travel significantly. The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted entire tier structure of the aerospace supply chain. The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to flight cancellations, travel bans and massive slow down in the supply chain activity.

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Automated Fiber Placements and Automated Tape Laying (AFP- ATL) Machines Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2020 Market Size in 2020: US$ 244.7 Mn
Historical Data for: 2017 to 2019 Forecast Period: 2020 to 2027
Forecast Period 2021 to 2028 CAGR: 8.0% 2028 Value Projection: US$ 439.6 Mn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia & New Zealand , South Korea, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East and Africa
  • Africa: South Africa, and Rest of Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Machine Type: AFP Machine, ATL Machine, Hybrid AFP/ATL Machine
  • By End User: Tier Players, OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), Others
Companies covered:

Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc., Automated Dynamics, M.Torres Industrial Designs, SAU, Electroimpact Inc., MIKROSAM, Accudyne Systems, Inc., Fives, Coriolis Composites

Growth Drivers:
  • Rising automation in the aerospace industry
  • Rising need for revolutionizing the composite manufacturing process
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High capital cost of AFP-ATL machines

North America held dominant position in the global automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines market in 2020

Statistics:

North America held dominant position in the global automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines market in 2020, accounting for 32.3% share in terms of value, followed by Europe and Asia Pacific.

Figure 1: Global Automated Fiber Placements and Automated Tape Laying (AFP- ATL) Machines Market Share (%), By Region, 2020

Automated Fiber Placements and Automated Tape Laying (AFP- ATL) Machines  | Coherent Market Insights

North America is expected to account for the largest market share during the forecast period. This is owing to rapidly growing aviation and space exploration sector in the U.S. Space exploration companies and government organizations such as The Boeing Company, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (commonly known as NASA), and others are heavily investing in research and development for automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP-ATL) machines, which will help them to reduce end-product cost drastically. Furthermore, according to a report published in August 2015, NASA is using composite material for its future space vehicles, which is developed in the composites Technology Center at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. According to NASA, the newly developed composite.

Structure is made using fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP-ATL) machines which offers higher strength and reduced overall production cost.  Thus, the increasing demand by space exploration companies for composite materials will positively impact the North America Automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP-ATL) machines market during the forecast period.

OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) segment is expected to drive the market growth during the forecast period

Among end user, the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) segment is expected to hold dominant position in the global automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines market during the forecast period. The OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) segment has witnessed steady growth during the forecast period owing to the increasing demand for lightweight, sturdy components made using composite materials. For instance, according to CMI analysis, airplane manufacturing companies such as The Boeing Company and Airbus SE are planning to increase the use of AFP-ATL machines for Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 aircraft. By 2021, the companies are planning to increase their manufacturing capacity for these aircraft by around 80-100 per month; which is expected to facilitate the global automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP-ATL) machines market growth.

Figure 2: Global Automated Fiber Placements and Automated Tape Laying (AFP- ATL) Machines Market Value (US$ Mn) Analysis and Forecast, 2017 - 2028

Automated Fiber Placements and Automated Tape Laying (AFP- ATL) Machines  | Coherent Market Insights

The global automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines market was valued at US$ 244.7 Mn in 2020 and is expected to reach US$ 439.6 Mn by 2028 at a CAGR of 8.0% between 2021 and 2028.

Major players operating in the global automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines market include Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc., Automated Dynamics, M.Torres Industrial Designs, SAU, Electroimpact Inc., MIKROSAM, Accudyne Systems, Inc., Fives, Coriolis Composites

Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) is a manufacturing technique under which precise fiber tapes are laid in order to manufacture multi-layered composite products. The product manufactured using Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) technology offers significant strength to products with reduced overall weight. ATL machines are designed for high speed tape laying of aircraft structural components. AFP- ATL technology aids in better precision and increased deposition rates.

Automated fiber placement technology has undergone significant improvements in the past decades. AFP process evolved to manufacture double-curved surfaces with the placement head automatically handling the start, stop, and cutting of individual tows. Additionally, automated fiber placement (AFP) machines have been improved by manufacturers by incorporating additional mechanisms such as gantry systems and robotic manipulators. The combination of accurate robot technologies and modular AFP heads provide a flexible platform that is capable of producing a wide variety of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) parts with speed, quality, and reliability.

Market Dynamics

The aerospace industry is growing and manufacturers are searching for innovative ways to ramp up production. The airplanes are complex, highly engineered machines and their components must be manufactured with an extremely high degree of accuracy. Advancement in robotic integration solutions are helping the aerospace industry to overcome these challenges. The aircraft production process offers high potential for automation. Robotics can fill the needs of fabrication jobs including carbon fiber layup, trimming, routing, and drilling. For such fabrication process companies use Automated Fiber Placements and Automated Tape Laying (AFP- ATL) machines. Robots can also do assembly jobs such as fastening, sealing, and painting. Robots are also now used to inspect aircraft, a very time-intensive process due to strict standards required of the aircraft industry.

AFP has become an important processing method and was identified as the most suitable to produce high performance aerospace components. MAGCincinnati, MTorres, Electroimpact, Coriolis and Broetje-Automation Composites are commercial manufacturers of AFP and ATL machines. AFP technology is currently being used in the aerospace industry to make parts up to 100 feet long.

For instance, in November 2020, Firefly Aerospace announced to utilize Ingersoll Machine Tools’ AFP systems for production of alpha rocket airframes. Firefly will install its first AFP system at its manufacturing and test facility in Texas, U.S. in May 2021, after which the Alpha rocket airframe will be requalified using AFP manufacturing processes. The second AFP system and automated assembly line is destined for Firefly’s new Florida Space Coast factory and launch site at Cape Canaveral, set to be installed by the beginning of 2022.

Among machine type, AFP machine segment is expected to exhibit the steady growth during the forecast period. AFP machine is defined as an automated fiber placement machine, which is an advanced method to fabricate composite structures for the aircraft's components such as airframes and other industrial products. AFP machine uses one ply (layer) at a time method, in order to build the complete structure. AFP provides several benefits such as fabrication of highly customized parts, as every single ply can be placed individually at different angles, making the component sustain more load compared to the conventional manufacturing method. Furthermore, other benefits offered by the AFP machine include shorter production lead time, faster lay-up rates, fewer stoppages and changeovers, increased material yield, and others. Due to these benefits AFP machines are gaining popularity in the aviation industry.

Key features of the study:

  • This report provides in-depth analysis of global automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines market size (US$ Million) and compound annual growth rate (CAGR %) for the forecast period (2021– 2028), considering 2020 as the base year
  • It elucidates potential revenue opportunities across different segments and explains attractive investment proposition matrices for this market
  • This study also provides key insights about market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approvals, regional outlook, and competitive strategies adopted by the leading  market players
  • It profiles leading players in the global automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines market based on the following parameters – company overview, financial performance, product portfolio, geographical presence, market capital, key developments, strategies, and future plans
  • Companies covered as a part of this study include Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc., Automated Dynamics, M.Torres Industrial Designs, SAU, Electroimpact Inc., MIKROSAM, Accudyne Systems, Inc., Fives, Coriolis Composites.
  • Insights from this report would allow marketers and management authorities of companies to make informed decisions regarding future product launches, product upgrades, market expansion, and marketing tactics
  • The global automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines market report caters to various stakeholders in this industry including investors, suppliers, managed service providers, third-party service providers, distributors, new entrants, and value-added resellers
  • Stakeholders would have ease in decision-making through various strategy matrices used in analyzing the global automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines market

Detailed Segmentation

  • Global Automated Fiber Placements and Automated Tape Laying (AFP- ATL) Machines Market, By Machine Type:
    • AFP Machine
    • ATL Machine
    • Hybrid AFP/ATL Machine
  • Global Automated Fiber Placements and Automated Tape Laying (AFP- ATL) Machines Market, By End User:
    • Tier Players
    • OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers)
    • Others
  • Global Automated Fiber Placements and Automated Tape Laying (AFP- ATL) Machines Market, By Region:
    • North America
      • By Machine Type
        • AFP Machine
        • ATL Machine
        • Hybrid AFP/ATL Machine
      • By End User
        • Tier Players
        • OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers)
        • Others
      • By Country:
        • U.S.
        • Canada
    • Asia Pacific
      • By Machine Type
        • AFP Machine
        • ATL Machine
        • Hybrid AFP/ATL Machine
      • By End User
        • Tier Players
        • OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers)
        • Others
      • By Country:
        • China
        • India
        • Japan
        • Australia & New Zealand
        • South Korea
        • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Europe
      • By Machine Type
        • AFP Machine
        • ATL Machine
        • Hybrid AFP/ATL Machine
      • By End User
        • Tier Players
        • OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers)
        • Others
      • By Country:
        • Germany
        • Italy
        • U.K.
        • France
        • Spain
        • Russia
        • Rest of Europe
    • Latin America
      • By Machine Type
        • AFP Machine
        • ATL Machine
        • Hybrid AFP/ATL Machine
      • By End User
        • Tier Players
        • OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers)
        • Others
      • By Country:
        • Brazil
        • Mexico
        • Argentina
        • Rest of Latin America
    • Middle East
      • By Machine Type
        • AFP Machine
        • ATL Machine
        • Hybrid AFP/ATL Machine
      • By End User
        • Tier Players
        • OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers)
        • Others
      • By Country/Region:
        • GCC Countries
        • Israel
        • Rest of Middle East and Africa
    • Africa
      • By Machine Type
        • AFP Machine
        • ATL Machine
        • Hybrid AFP/ATL Machine
      • By End User
        • Tier Players
        • OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers)
        • Others
      • By Country/Region:
        • South Africa
        • Rest of Africa
  • Company Profiles
    • Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc.*
      • Company Overview
      • Product Portfolio and Specifications
      • Financial Performance
      • Strategic Overview
      • Recent Developments/Updates
    • Automated Dynamics
    • Torres Industrial Designs, SAU
    • Electroimpact Inc.
    • MIKROSAM
    • Accudyne Systems, Inc.
    • Fives
    • Coriolis Composites

“*” marked represents similar segmentation in other categories in the respective section.

Table of Contents

  1. Research Objectives and Assumptions
    • Research Objectives
    • Assumptions
    • Abbreviations
  2. Market Purview
    • Report Description
      • Market Definition and Scope
    • Executive Summary
      • Market Snippet, By Machine Type
      • Market Snippet, By End User
      • Market Snippet, By Region
    • Coherent Opportunity Map (COM)
  3. Market Dynamics, Regulations, and Trends Analysis
    • Market Dynamics
      • Drivers
      • Restraints
      • Market Opportunities
    • Regulatory Scenario
    • Industry Trend
    • Merger and Acquisitions
    • New Product Launch/Approvals
    • Value Chain Analysis
    • Porter’s Analysis
    • PEST Analysis
    • Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic
  4. Global Automated Fiber Placements and Automated Tape Laying (AFP- ATL) Machines Market, By Machine Type, 2017-2028 (US$ Million)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, 2020 and 2028 (%)
      • Segment Trends
    • AFP Machine
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, 2017–2028, (US$ Million)
    • ATL Machine
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, 2017–2028, (US$ Million)
    • Hybrid AFP/ATL Machine
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, 2017–2028, (US$ Million)
  5. Global Automated Fiber Placements and Automated Tape Laying (AFP- ATL) Machines Market, By End User, 2017-2028 (US$ Million)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, 2020 and 2028 (%)
      • Segment Trends
    • Tier Players
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, 2017–2028, (US$ Million)
    • OEMs (Original Equipment           Manufacturers)
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, 2017–2028, (US$ Million)
    • Others
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, 2017–2028, (US$ Million)
  6. Global Automated Fiber Placements and Automated Tape Laying (AFP- ATL) Machines Market, By Region, 2017-2028 (US$ Million)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, By Region, 2020 and 2028 (%)
    • North America
      • Regional Trends
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Machine Type, 2017–2028 (US$ Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End User, 2017–2028 (US$ Million)
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2020 and 2028 (%)
        • U.S.
        • Canada
    • Europe
      • Regional Trends
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Machine Type, 2017–2028 (US$ Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End User, 2017–2028 (US$ Million)
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2020 and 2028 (%)
        • U.K.
        • Germany
        • Italy
        • France
        • Spain
        • Russia
        • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • Regional Trends
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Machine Type, 2017–2028 (US$ Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End User, 2017–2028 (US$ Million)
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2020 and 2028 (%)
        • China
        • India
        • Japan
        • Australia & New Zealand
        • South Korea
        • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Latin America
      • Regional Trends
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Machine Type, 2017–2028 (US$ Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End User, 2017–2028 (US$ Million)
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2020 and 2028 (%)
        • Brazil
        • Argentina
        • Mexico
        • Rest of Latin America
    • Middle East
      • Regional Trends
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Machine Type, 2017–2028 (US$ Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End User, 2017–2028 (US$ Million)
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country/Region, 2020 and 2028 (%)
        • GCC Countries
        • Israel
        • Rest of the Middle East
    • Africa
      • Regional Trends
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Machine Type, 2017–2028 (US$ Million)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End User, 2017–2028 (US$ Million)
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country/Region, 2020 and 2028 (%)
        • South Africa
        • Rest of Africa
  7. Competitive Landscape
    • Company Profiles
      • Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc.
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Key Strategies
        • Recent Developments/Updates
      • Automated Dynamics
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Key Strategies
        • Recent Developments/Updates
      • Torres Industrial Designs, SAU
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Key Strategies
        • Recent Developments/Updates
      • Electroimpact Inc.
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Key Strategies
        • Recent Developments/Updates
      • MIKROSAM
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Key Strategies
        • Recent Developments/Updates
      • Accudyne Systems, Inc.
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Key Strategies
        • Recent Developments/Updates
      • Fives
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Key Strategies
        • Recent Developments/Updates
      • Coriolis Composites
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Key Strategies
        • Recent Developments/Updates
    • Analyst Views
  8. Section
    • References
    • Research Methodology
    • About us and Sales Contact

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Frequently Asked Questions

The global automated fiber placements and automated tape laying (AFP- ATL) machines market is expected to reach US$ 439.6 million by 2028.
The market is expected to witness a CAGR of 8.0% during the forecast period (2021-2028).
Rising automation in the aerospace industry and rising need for revolutionizing the composite manufacturing process are expected to boost growth of the market.
The OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) segment held the largest market share among End-User, contributing 70.8% in terms of value in 2020.
North America region held the largest share in the market in 2020, accounting for 32.3% share in terms of value.
Key players operating in the market include Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc., Automated Dynamics, M.Torres Industrial Designs, SAU, Electroimpact Inc., MIKROSAM, Accudyne Systems, Inc., Fives, Coriolis Composites
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