The Aircraft Machined Components Market is expected to reach $6.3 Billion by 2025, according to a report from Stratview Research.

COVID-19 pandemic – Boon or a Curse to the industry?

The outbreak of COVID-19 has severely impacted several industries across the world. Tough government measures such as lockdown of major economies, has pressed the ‘pause button’ for most of the industries. For most of the industries, the revenue has gone down in 2020 and has resumed an uptrend gradually from 2021.

Key insights on Aircraft Machined Components Market

The COVID-19 has devastated the entire supply chain of the airline business with the massive drop in air travel, not only reducing the airlines’ revenue but also enduring an additional cost of maintaining their grounded aircraft fleets. As per the latest estimates of IATA, the airline industry is expecting to record a possible loss of US$ 314 billion of passenger revenues, an equivalent of a 48% loss in RPKs in 2020 from 2019.

Aircraft manufacturing is recording similar declines with many airlines having started deferring their ordered aircraft deliveries. Production halts, remote and adjusted work schedules, and huge cash burns are the other noticeable trends, negatively impacting the sales as well as profitability. As a result of that, aircraft OEMs have no choice except to curtail their production rates for the year 2020, which added to the uncertainty fueld by prolonged grounding of B737Max and further delays in market entries of the most-awaited aircraft programs. Overall, the pandemic has marked an indelible dent in the growth of the aircraft industry in 2020.     

It is difficult to state when the impact of the pandemic would start to fade away since the pandemic is still in its spread phase. However, the results of primary interviews coupled with past recovery trends of previous downturns caused by recession or pandemics suggest that the market for aircraft machined components will mark an overall V-shaped recovery with a deeper curve than previous downturns.  

The major participants are still optimistic about the long-term market outlook with a plethora of opportunities across regions. Huge order backlogs of 12,816 aircraft of Boeing and Airbus at the end of June 2020 will be the pivotal factor in revitalizing the demand for machined components in years to come. Other demand boosters are market entries of new aircraft and large aircraft fleet size, helping the market to land close to US$ 6.3-billion-figure in 2025.

Regional Insights

In terms of region, North America is projected to remain the largest market for aircraft machined components during the forecast period. The USA is not only the largest market in North America but also in the world, owing to the presence of many aircraft OEMs and engine manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Bombardier Inc., Gulfstream Aerospace, GE Aviation, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls-Royce as well as the presence of various tier players and machined components manufacturers in the country. The country is also one of the most-affected nations by the COVID-19 with having the largest number of positive cases in the world.

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Market Scope & Segmentation

Share by Process Type: Milled parts occupy the largest share.

The machined components market for the aircraft industry is firstly segmented into milled parts, turned parts, and others. Milled parts are estimated to be the biggest growth engine of the market in the coming five years. Milled parts are used in a gamut of applications including fuselage and wing components, mainly made of aluminum and titanium. Titanium has been winning the hearts of the industry stakeholders with its exceptional benefits and is replacing other heavyweight metals including stainless steel. Turned parts also hold a big chunk of the market and are extremely suitable for cylindrical parts situated across aircraft including landing gear, flight control surfaces, and fuselage.   

Share by Aircraft Type: The key Commercial Aircraft programs A350XWB, B787, A320neo family, and B737MAX, drive the market.

On the basis of aircraft type, the market is segmented as commercial aircraft, regional aircraft, helicopter, military aircraft, and general aviation. Commercial aircraft is likely to remain the most dominant aircraft type in the market during the forecast period, mainly driven by the key aircraft programs such as A350XWB, B787, A320neo family, and B737MAX. The aircraft type is anticipated to log the biggest decline among all the aircraft types in 2020 in the wake of the pandemic. However, the demand for machined components is likely to bounce back from 2021, translating long-term sustainability with attractive growth opportunities. Several factors may collectively add vigor to the fading demand for milled parts in the coming years out of which expected approval of the B737 max, market entries of C919, MC-21, and B777x, and increasing aircraft fleet size are the favorable ones.  

Share by Application Type: Airframe is the largest application

Based on the application type, the market is segmented as airframe, engine, interiors, and others. Airframe is estimated to maintain its dominance in the market during the forecast period. The key why and wherefore behind the dominance of airframe in the market is the large number of applications of machined components, most of which are large-sized structures such as fuselage frames, fuselage covers, wing ribs, spars, and engine pylon fittings.

Key Materials: Aluminum has the largest share, while Titanium has the fastest growth

Based on the material type, the market is segmented as aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, and other metals & alloys. Aluminum is likely to remain the most dominant material type in the market over the next five years, owing to its widespread usage in various applications (majorly airframe) and excellent track record of more than eight decades. Titanium is expected to be the fastest-growing material type in the market, owing to its excellent benefits over its rivals including excellent mechanical performance, corrosion resistance, excellent coefficient of thermal expansion, and lightweight.

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Which key questions will this report answer?

This market research report focuses to deliver relevant information regarding the market trends, structure and growth during the forecast period of 2020-2025. It also offers insights into different market segments and other factors affecting the market.

Some of the key questions answered by the report are:

  • What is the impact of COVID-19 on the market forecast?
  • What are the trends, drivers, and challenges?
  • How competitive is the market? Who are the market leaders?
  • What are the key strategies adopted by the market players?
  • Which segments offer the greatest opportunities?
  • Which are the most attractive regions?
  • What are the key success factors for the market players?
  • How does the business environment impact the market?
  • Which strategic alliances have taken place recently and their significance?

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