Advanced technologies for industry - Product watch. Lightweight materials
The development of lightweight materials plays an important role in Europe as one of the global industry leaders. Innovative lightweight solutions can further decrease the weight of existing systems in those industries, where lightweight materials have mostly been used until now (i.e. aerospace, automotive construction and wind energy). In addition, these innovative lightweight concepts will enable the production of completely new products with new system properties and new application areas and have an uptake potential in additional sectors. This report aims to provide an overview of the relevant stakeholders on an analytical and empirical base to see how lightweight materials can help EU industry stay ahead of global competitors. The objective is to map the EU lightweight materials industry and its interactions in the value chain, as well as to identify its strengths and weaknesses. Analyses were based on desk research and the expertise of Fraunhofer ISI as well as four external interviews. The report aims to provide relevant stakeholders with a thorough overview of the lightweight materials sector.