Increasing deliveries of commercial and regional aircraft, increasing the share of wide-body aircraft in the commercial aircraft deliveries, rising aircraft fleet size, and increasing demand for lightweight ducting are major growth drivers of the market. Ducting is an integral part of fluid conveyance system and is used in low as well as high-pressure & high-temperature areas of fixed-wing and rotary wing aircraft, for both civil and military applications.
The global aerospace & defense ducting market is segmented based on aircraft type as commercial aircraft, regional aircraft, general aviation, helicopter, military aircraft, and others. The commercial aircraft is projected to remain the largest and fastest-growing segment of the aerospace & defense ducting market during the forecast period, driven by increasing production rates of the best-selling aircraft, such as A320 family, B737, B787, and A350XWB, rising aircraft fleet size, and development of high thrust engines. Composites ducting is likely to witness the fastest growth over the next five years, propelled by continuous replacement of heavy metals including aluminum and stainless steel with composites in low-pressure & low-temperature and low-pressure & high-temperature applications.
Based on the duct types, the high-pressure-ducting segment is likely to remain the largest and fastest-growing duct type during the forecast period. High-pressure ducts are deployed throughout the aircraft, from the engines, through the fuselage, to the leading edges of the wings. The major applications of high-pressure ducting are environmental control systems (ECS), engine bleed air, thermal anti-ice systems, APU air intake/exhaust, fuel tank inerting systems, and engine starter duct systems. All the major players are using high-temperature metals, such as titanium and stainless steel, and composites to provide optimum ducting solutions.
Low-pressure ducts are widely preferred in the low-pressure and low-temperature applications, such as cabin sidewall riser duct, transition duct, acoustic silencer, windscreen demisting, flight deck air distribution, flight deck instrumentation cooling, avionics ventilation, cabin recirculation, and air-conditioning supply. Composites and aluminum are the most preferred materials for low-pressure ducts.
Based on regions, North America is expected to remain the largest market for global aerospace & defense ducting over the next five years. The region is the manufacturing capital of the aerospace & defense industry with the presence of several major players, such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Bombardier and the presence of major ducting manufacturers. Asia-Pacific is likely to experience the highest growth, driven by the commencement of commercial and regional aircraft manufacturing in China and Japan, the introduction of offset policy, and increasing defense spending.
The supply chain of this market comprises raw material manufacturers, ducting manufacturers, aircraft engine OEMs, aircraft OEMs, and airline companies. The key aerospace engine manufacturers are CFM, GE Aviation Engines, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls-Royce. The key aircraft OEMs are Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Bombardier, Embraer, ATR, Cessna, and Gulfstream. The key ducting manufacturers for aerospace & defense industry are Eaton Aerospace, Senior Aerospace, PFW Aerospace, Arrowhead Products, Triumph Group, Zodiac Aerospace, and Unison Industries. New product development, the formation of long-term contracts, and collaboration with OEMs are the key strategies adopted by the key players to gain a competitive edge in the market.