Advanced Materials (AdMs) in Defense – Thematic Intelligence

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Advanced Materials (AdMs) in Defense Thematic Report Overview

Advanced materials (AdMs) are a critical field of expertise within the aerospace and defense sectors, and provide numerous benefits including reduced weight, increased mechanical resilience, increased conductivity, and others that can radically improve the performance of various military and commercial technologies. The development of materials with unique physical and mechanical properties is key to delivering innovations in the design of ballistic armor, personal protective equipment, hypersonic weapons systems, aircraft, space systems, and many other fields. Investment in the AdM field has remained relatively constant due to its ubiquity in the defense sector. However, the emergence of new applications for AdMs and new threats such as hypersonic weapons are driving a global re-evaluation of the importance of AdMs to military modernization efforts.

The Advanced Materials (AdMs) in Defense thematic intelligence report assesses how AdMs, combined with other emerging technologies, can be used across the defense value chain. It provides an overview of the current landscape and key players while highlighting opportunities for the use of AdMs in the future. The report provides an industry-specific analysis based on GlobalData databases and surveys.

Report Pages 71
Regions Covered Global
Value Chain ·       Nanomaterials

·       Metamaterials

·       Biomimetic Materials

·       Multifunctional and Composite Materials

·       Energy Harvesting & Storage Materials

Leading Companies ·       Airbus

·       Alpine Advanced Materials

·       Applied Composites

Leading Disruptor Companies ·       Advanced Functional Fabrics of America

·       Advanced Materials Development

·       Aviation Industries Corporation of China

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AdMs in Defense – Key Trends

The main trends shaping the AdMs in defense theme over the next 12 to 24 months are technology, macroeconomic, and regulatory trends.

  • Technology trends: The key technology trends impacting the theme are additive manufacturing (3D printing), AI and machine learning, fiber-reinforced polymers, lightweight structures, lithium-ion batteries and graphene, and robotic systems.
  • Macroeconomic trends: The macroeconomic trends impacting the theme are rising defense budgets, economic sanctions, and rising procurement and R&D costs.
  • Regulatory trends: Bi-lateral and international cooperation, environmental impact, and a lack of regulatory guidance on large composite vessels are the regulatory trends impacting the theme.

AdMs in Defense – Industry Analysis

Investment from various sources including the defense industry has yielded innovations such as new materials, processing techniques, and practical applications for AdMs. This has resulted in the steady growth of the global market for advanced materials. The strategic and economic potential of AdMs in defense is inextricably linked to the wider commercial interest in AdMs development, as although the defense sector has always maintained an interest in this field, it has been private sector investment that has underpinned most critical innovations since circa 2010. Several defense applications for AdMs have no commercial sector equivalents and thus require targeted and consistent investment from defense sector clients to ensure a steady pace of technological innovation.

The AdMs in Defense Industry Analysis also covers:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Patent trends
  • Hiring trends
  • Case studies
  • Timeline

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AdMs in Defense - Value Chain Analysis

The advanced materials value chain is split into nanomaterials, metamaterials, biomimetic materials, multifunctional and composite materials, and energy harvesting & storage materials. The broad range of technologies, domains, and applications that are relevant to AdMs encompass a wide range of sub-markets within the defense sector.

Nanomaterials: Nanomaterials have emerged as one of the most versatile types of AdM over the past two decades with the development of carbon nanotubes and graphene underpinning a significant majority of material innovations in the aerospace and defense sectors. The emergence of nanotechnology has allowed equipment manufacturers to re-evaluate and improve the mechanical properties of almost all products.

Advanced Materials Value Chain Analysis

Advanced Materials Value Chain Analysis

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Competitive Landscape

Some of the leading listed players associated with this theme are:

  • Airbus
  • Alpine Advanced Materials
  • Applied Composites

Some of the interesting private companies associated with this theme are:

  • Advanced Functional Fabrics of America
  • Advanced Materials Development
  • Aviation Industries Corporation of China

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Aerospace, Defense, and Security Sector Scorecard

At GlobalData, we use a scorecard approach to predict tomorrow’s leading companies within each sector. Our sector scorecard has three screens: a thematic screen, a valuation screen, and a risk screen.

The thematic screen ranks companies based on overall leadership in the 10 themes that matter most to their industry, generating a leading indicator of future performance.

The valuation screen ranks our universe of companies within a sector based on selected valuation metrics.

The risk screen ranks companies within a particular sector based on overall investment risk.

Aerospace, Defense, and Security Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen

Aerospace, Defense, and Security Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen

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  • The key defense challenges that forces and defense sector suppliers face are covered.
  • The investment opportunities for armed forces, suppliers, and institutional investors, across the whole advanced materials value chain are covered.
  • Highlights from the range of different advanced materials research and development programs currently being undertaken by various military organizations and defense companies.

Reasons to Buy

  • Determine potential investment companies based on trend analysis and market projections.
  • Gaining an understanding of the market challenges and opportunities surrounding the advanced materials theme.
  • Understanding how spending on advanced materials will fit into the overall market and which spending areas are being prioritized.

Honeywell International
Lockheed Martin
Morgan Advanced Materials
Northrop Grumman
Metamaterials Technologies
Heraus Group
Hexcel Corp
Nobel Biomaterials
Alpine Advanced Materials
Dipole Materials
Graphene Manufactruing Corp
Denchi Power
Power Japan Plus
Marshall Advanced Composites
NP Aerospace
Permali Gloucester
Superior Graphite
Samyang Comtech
Vadient Optics
Gingko Bioworks
Butler Technologies
Dermisense Health
Massa Products Corp
ProHuman Technologies
Stitch Partners

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive Summary
  • 2. Players
  • 3. Technology Briefing

    • 3.1. Advanced materials – an overview
    • 3.2. Advanced materials in aerospace and defense

  • 4. Trends

    • 4.1. Technology trends
    • 4.2. Macroeconomic trends
    • 4.3. Regulatory trends

  • 5. Industry Analysis

    • 5.1. Mergers and acquisitions
    • 5.2. Patent trends
    • 5.3. Hiring trends
    • 5.4. Case studies
    • 5.5. Timeline

  • 6. Value Chain

    • 6.1. Nanomaterials
    • 6.2. Metamaterials
    • 6.3. Biomimetic materials
    • 6.4. Multi-functional and composite materials
    • 6.5. Energy harvesting & storage materials

  • 7. Companies

    • 7.1. Leading companies
    • 7.2. Disruptor companies

  • 8. Sector Scorecards

    • 8.1. Aerospace, defense, and security sector scorecard

  • 9. Glossary
  • 10. Further Reading
  • 11. Our Thematic Research Methodology
  • 12. About GlobalData
  • 13. Contact Us

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