Materials usage in wind turbine blades - the global market

Materials usage in wind turbine blades - the global market

Date of publication: March 2018

Overview: The market for wind turbine blades has been growing rapidly in recent years and global materials usage continues to rise. However, this is a fluctuating market given uncertainties regarding governmental support for wind energy in certain parts of the world. Significant progress has been achieved in the reduction of cost of wind energy so the long term prospects remain encouraging.  

To maximise return on investment, the average blade size has been getting longer and heavier requiring greater quantities of raw materials. As blade length and weight grow, increased sophistication in blade design, materials and manufacture is required. The link between generating capacity, blade size and materials usage is discussed in detail in the report. 

As the generating power of wind turbines increases it requires higher performance of its components and materials, pushing weaker producers out. This consolidation process is also explored in this report from AMI Consulting.

The market for wind turbine blades has been established over 10 years ago and a market is now emerging for blade repair and replacement. This segment is expected to grow even faster than new installations, bringing new opportunities to industry players which will be covered in the latest edition of this report.   

Definitions, segmentation, scope, raw materials, methodology and abbreviations

Management overview
An overview of the main conclusions and summary data

Introduction to the wind turbine industry

  • Current and forecast wind turbine investment
  • Structure of the wind turbine blade supply chain 
  • Global blade trade
  • Quality standards and certification

Section 1: Global supply and demand by material

  • Fibre reinforcement
  • Resin
  • Core materials
  • Adhesive
  • Coatings

Section 2: Blade technology

  • Key issues and events
  • Blade sizes (length, weight and power rating)
  • Wind turbine blade components
  • Blade manufacturing processes (infusion, integrated infusion and prepreg)
  • Other issues (segmented blades, automation and advanced blade features)  

Section 3:  Materials technology
Summary information will be provided on the main materials to aid non-technical readers

Section 4-7:  Europe, North America, Asia, Rest of World
These sections will discuss key issues; provide an overview of the region, details on specific countries and detailed material supply and demand data


Product scope
The study investigates and quantifies demand by material segmented into:

  • Fibre (glass and carbon)
  • Resin (epoxy and polyester)
  • Core materials (Balsa, PVC, PET and SAN)
  • Adhesives (epoxy, polyurethane and vinyl ester)
  • Coatings (polyurethane, polyester and epoxy)

Application scope
The application scope for this study is commercial wind turbine blades.

Units of measure
The study reports on the markets in terms of usage of materials (fibre reinforcement, resin, core materials, adhesives and coatings) in tonnes and approximate financial values in Euros (€). Core materials are also reported by volume (‘000 m3).

Reporting basis
The study provides material demand data for the years 2011, 2014, 2017, with a forecast demand for 2022. More than 60 tables and 100 figures (charts, pictures and diagrams) are presented to give greater detail and understanding of the market and industry.

Geographical scope

The geographic scope is the world market, segmented into:

  • Europe
  • North America
  • Asia
  • Rest of world

The report is supplied as a downloadable PDF with an enterprise-wide license agreement. One printed hard copy of the report is also provided.

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For further information please contact Cristina de Santos, DDI: +44(0) 117 314 8141


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