The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in carbon fiber wheels is driven by performance enhancement, weight reduction, improved durability, and reduced unsprung mass, and growing importance of technologies such as carbon fiber composite materials, autoclave molding, filament winding, resin systems, and curing processes. In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.7 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Advanced materials in automotive: carbon fiber wheelsBuy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over one million patents to analyze innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Carbon fiber wheels is a key innovation area in advanced materials

Carbon fiber wheels are a type of vehicle wheel made entirely or partially of carbon fiber composite material, which is known for its lightweight and high strength characteristics. These wheels are a popular choice for high-performance vehicles, such as sports cars and racing vehicles, as they offer improved acceleration, braking, and handling.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of carbon fiber wheels.

Key players in carbon fiber wheels – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.   

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’. 

Patent volumes related to carbon fiber wheels

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
CITIC Group 9 Unlock Company Profile
Riba Composites 7 Unlock Company Profile
CARBOFIBRETEC 12 Unlock Company Profile
Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin 8 Unlock Company Profile
Topkey 8 Unlock Company Profile
Amer Sports 14 Unlock Company Profile
Shimano 9 Unlock Company Profile
ThyssenKrupp 15 Unlock Company Profile
Amsted Industries 2 Unlock Company Profile
Goodyear Tire & Rubber 10 Unlock Company Profile
Advanced International Multitech 8 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 2 Unlock Company Profile
ElringKlinger 6 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 1 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 2 Unlock Company Profile
BASF 17 Unlock Company Profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 12 Unlock Company Profile
Superior Industries International 3 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 4 Unlock Company Profile
Takano 2 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Chemical Group 11 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 6 Unlock Company Profile
Xiamen Keentech Composite Technology 6 Unlock Company Profile
Lacks Enterprises 4 Unlock Company Profile
KSM Castings Group 3 Unlock Company Profile
Carbon Revolution 59 Unlock Company Profile
Amer Sports 8 Unlock Company Profile
Specialized Bicycle Components 17 Unlock Company Profile
Taiwan Hodaka Industrial 2 Unlock Company Profile
Mad Fiber 7 Unlock Company Profile
SRAM 30 Unlock Company Profile
Shanghai Yongzheng Network Technology 12 Unlock Company Profile
Hayes Performance Systems 1 Unlock Company Profile
Dymag Group 15 Unlock Company Profile
Campagnolo 32 Unlock Company Profile
Tien Hsin Industries 1 Unlock Company Profile
Compositech 3 Unlock Company Profile
Gigantex Composite Technologies 2 Unlock Company Profile
Kunshan Henry Metal Technology 1 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Carbon Revolution is one of the leading patent filers in carbon fiber wheels. The company developed a proprietary one-piece carbon fiber wheel construction known as the "monocoque" design. This design eliminates the need for a traditional wheel rim and spoke assembly, creating a single-piece structure that integrates the rim, spokes, and hub into a unified carbon fiber composite. Carbon Revolution employs innovative resin transfer molding (RTM) technology, a specialized manufacturing process that involves injecting resin into the carbon fiber preform in a closed mold under pressure. The method ensures consistent resin distribution and reduces voids, resulting in stronger and more durable wheels. Some other key patent filers in the space include Campagnolo and SRAM.

In terms of application diversity, Topkey leads the pack, while Xiamen Keentech Composite and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Mitsubishi Chemical held the top position, followed by Shimano and BASF.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Automotive.

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