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Review of carbon fiber shipments in 2021

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The statistics working group collected data about the quantities of carbon fibers shipped from Japan in 2021, and released the summary to the public.

Shipment quantity

In 2021, the quantities of carbon fibers shipped from Japan were 23,928 metric tons (15.9% up from the previous year). The following figure shows the annual growth rates in the last five years. The shipments in the first and second half of 2020 showed increases from the previous year.

Shipment growth rate

Year 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Annual Growth Rate (%) 3.1 19.2 0.5 -17.0 15.9

Shipment quantity (tons/year)


In 2021, domestic shipments of carbon fibers decreased by 4.9% year-on-year, but exports increased by 20.6%. Both domestic shipments and exports decreased for aerospace applications especially. The export account for 84.8%, which is 3.3 percentage points higher than the previous year.