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Review of carbon fiber shipments in 2022

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The statistics working group collected data about the quantities of carbon fibers shipped from Japan in 2022, and released the summary to the public.

Shipment quantity

Carbon fiber shipments in 2022 increased by 3.9% year-on-year to 24,853 tons, increasing for the second consecutive year and recovering to the same level as in 2019, which was not affected by COVID-19. The following figure shows the annual growth rates in the last five years.
The shipments in the first half increased year-on-year, but decreased in the second half.

Annual Shipment Growth Rate (%)

Year 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Annual Growth Rate (%) 19.2 0.5 -17.0 15.9 3.9

Annual Quantity of Shipping (tons/year)


Exports increased by 5.0% from the previous year, while domestic shipment decreased by 2.5%. As for exports, industrial use increased by 7.9%, but sports use decreased by 4.7%. Aerospace saw a 54.4% year-on-year increase, but has not reached pre-COVID-19 levels. As domestic shipment, aerospace (down 10.5%) and industrial (down 1.6%) declined, while sports remained flat (down 0.1%).
The export ratio was 85.7%, up 0.9 percentage points from the previous year.