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Automotive Material Trends Market and Trend Analysis by Technology, Key Companies and Forecast, 2021-2036

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the global body material trends sector, major suppliers, top 14 markets, technology trends and market size forecasts.

What are some of the key global automotive material market trends?

Tata Steel reports that, in recent years, the amount of ferrous metal used in cars has declined, mostly driven by manufacturers replacing iron with aluminum for engine castings. The percentage of sheet steel per car has also dropped, mainly due to higher levels of equipment, trim and soundproofing; more aluminum used in wheels and suspension parts; more molded plastics, especially under the bonnet. The environmental and economic requirements for reduced fuel consumption have also led to an increase in the use of lightweight materials for components that bolt onto a conventional steel vehicle but at a cost.

Also, carbon fiber reinforced plastics have been drawing industry attention as their lightness and strength can help the fuel efficiency of vehicles, but the time-consuming work required to produce the materials is a drawback. Carbon fiber reinforced polymer or carbon fiber reinforced plastic is a strong, light and expensive composite material or fiber-reinforced polymer. For some time, it has been used in several applications for aerospace and marine fields. Carbon fiber is now making its way into vehicle manufacture.

What is the PESTER analysis for the global automotive material trends market?

Political

For some time, the automotive industry has been under pressure to change the way it designs and builds vehicles, due to the increasing impact of passenger and pedestrian safety requirements and the competitive intensity caused by globalization. Furthermore, governmental pressure in Europe and North America to reduce CO2 emissions has prompted automakers and their supply base to develop automotive technology to meet those strict emission limits.

Economic

The emergence of the novel coronavirus strain at the end of 2019 has far-reaching implications for the entire automotive industry. In the short term, demand for vehicles and, therefore, the parts that go into making them has dropped significantly, which will see revenues and profits at most suppliers and OEMs drop rapidly.

In the longer term, companies will have to navigate resetting or restarting auto supply chains that could face additional restrictions following the outbreak. These additional costs, along with the dampened demand for parts and vehicles will weigh heavily on the balance sheets of both automakers and suppliers even once the virus is contained.

Social

Although people spend loads of money on their cars, wanting to see and be seen from inside them, their choice of color for the bodywork is still conservative. Subdued colors appear to be the order of the day across the globe. Shades of silver, grey and blue are the preferred choice, worldwide.

Technological

The trends toward the increased use of plastics in exterior and structural/functional/ powertrain components have been driven by innovations in material, molding and painting technologies. In turn, these have improved the performance and appearance of molded plastic components as well as lowered their costs. The design freedom that plastic offers are also key to its increased use. Not only does plastic allow for the manufacture of products that cannot be manufactured with other materials, but plastic makes it possible to combine several parts, saving weight and cost.

Environmental

The use of organic materials in cars is not new. For some time, component suppliers and automakers have focused on promoting environmentally friendly technologies in all product segments. For example, in the area of seating, coconut fiber seat pads have been used to meet manufacturers’ economic and ecological objectives while contributing to sustainability.

Regulatory

Vehicle manufacturers need to improve their vehicles’ CO2 emissions and fuel economy and buyers expect continuous advances in safety. Chassis systems have a role to play in both. To support CO2 reduction strategies, manufacturers are developing brake systems with lighter components, lower drag, and technology compatible with multiple powertrain configurations.

What are the key segments of the global automotive material trends market?

The automotive material trends market is classified into aluminum, glass, iron, plastics, steel, and other materials.

Aluminum trends in automotive industry

Although aluminum content in cars is increasing, albeit slowly, we should expect to see significant inroads emerging over the next few years. The automotive market has lately become the largest and fastest-growing single market sector for aluminum producers.

Glass trends in automotive industry

In observing trends in the auto glazing industry, glassmakers report how the glazing area in vehicles has increased by about 25 per cent since the early 1990s. Higher and wider windshields have led to the quantity of glass used in vehicle manufacture gradually increasing.

Iron trends in automotive industry

The use of plastics, aluminum, magnesium and different grades of steel are all under scrutiny by the vehicle makers in a bid to optimize factors. While the use of these materials in vehicles has significantly increased over the last five years, the use of iron is decreasing. For example, some vehicle makers are switching from traditional iron blocks for engines to aluminum construction. Although not as durable as iron, aluminum is lighter thereby boosting fuel economy.

Plastics trends in automotive industry

The trends toward the increased use of plastics in exterior and structural/functional powertrain components have been driven by innovations in material, molding and painting technologies, which have improved the performance and appearance of molded plastic components as well as lowering their costs. The design freedom that plastic offers are also key to its increased use.

Steel trends in automotive industry

Mild steels are the most common material used in vehicle manufacture. Despite the advances made by aluminum and polymers, steel offers good value in mass production and simpler production processes than its rivals. Meanwhile, high strength steels are used in a variety of applications, including floors, roof supports, side pillars and doors.

Automotive material trends market, by material

Automotive material trends market, by material

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Which are the key companies in the global automotive material trends market?

The key companies in the automotive material trends market are Stadco, Gestamp Automocion, Solvay, Hyundai Motor Group, Accuride Corporation, 3M, Robert Bosch GmbH, Asahi Kasei Plastics, Continental AG, Dow Automotive Systems, Alcoa, Inc, Showa Denko, BASF SE, Bridgestone Corporation, Benteler International AG among others.

Automotive material trends market, by key companies

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Market report scope

Key segments Aluminum, Glass, Iron, Plastics, Steel, and Other Materials
Key companies Stadco, Gestamp Automocion, Solvay, Hyundai Motor Group, Accuride Corporation, 3M, Robert Bosch GmbH, Asahi Kasei Plastics, Continental AG, Dow Automotive Systems, Alcoa, Inc, Showa Denko, BASF SE, Bridgestone Corporation, and Benteler International AG

Scope

This report contains an overview of the automotive sector along with detailed related component forecasts, supported by information drawn from GlobalData’s extensive range of sources.

Scope

– This report contains an overview of an automotive sector along with detailed related component forecasts, supported by information drawn from GlobalData's extensive range of sources.

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– This report has been extracted from GlobalData's regularly updated online Automotive Intelligence Center. Containing content, tools and services not found in this report, GlobalData's AIC offers a cost-effective multi-user car market research solution.

Key Players

Stadco

Gestamp Automocion

Solvay

Hyundai Motor Group

Accuride Corporation

3M

Robert Bosch GmbH

Continental AG

Alcoa, Inc

BASF SE

Bridgestone Corporation

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co

Visteon Corporation

Benteler International AG

CIE Automotive SA

Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc

Dow Automotive Systems

Faurecia SA

Draxlmaier Group

DuPont

Woodbridge Group

Covestro

Webasto AG

Freudenberg & Co. KG

Lear Corporation

Trelleborg AB

Toyota Boshoku Corporation

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.

Toyo Tire and Rubber Co, Ltd

Honeywell International Inc.

International Automotive Components Group (IAC)

Inteva Products, LLC

Johnson Controls International plc

ThyssenKrupp AG

Sumitomo Corporation

Joyson Safety Systems

Magna International Inc.

Martinrea International Inc.

Metaldyne, LLC

Michelin

Plastic Omnium

PPG Industries

Autoneum

Saint-Gobain

Samvardhana Motherson Group

Nippon Sheet Glass

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Kobe Steel, Ltd.

Lanxess

Evonik

LG Chem, Ltd.

Sogefi S.p.A.

SABIC Innovative Plastics

Henkel

Arconic

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. PESTER Analysis

Political

Economic

Social

Technological

Environmental

Regulatory

2. Companies

3M

“A typical car has about 660 pounds of composite parts."

Accuride Corporation

Accuride is a major supplier of truck body and chassis parts to heavy- and medium-duty truck manufacturers.

Aichi Steel

AK Steel

Aleris

Arconic Inc

Asahi Kasei Plastics

Autoneum

BASF SE

Benteler

Biomer

Bodine Aluminum

Bridgestone

CIE Automotive SA

ContiTech

Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc

Covestro

Dow Automotive Systems

Dräxlmaier Group

DuPont (E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company)

Evonik

Faurecia

Fosun

Freudenberg & Co. KG

Gestamp Automocion

Henkel

Honeywell

Hyundai Steel

International Automotive Components

JFE Steel Corporation

Kobe Steel

Lanxess

LG Chem

Magna International Inc.

Martinrea

Metaldyne

Minda Corporation

Mitsui Chemicals

NanoSteel Company

Novares

Novelis

NSG

Oerlikon Balzers

Posco

PPG Industries

PT Astra Otoparts

SABIC

Saint-Gobain

Samvardhana Motherson Group

Shiloh Industries

Showa Denko

Solvay

Stadco

Sumitomo Corporation

Tata Steel

Teijin

Tenedora Nemak

ThyssenKrupp AG

Toray Industries

Toyo Tire & Rubber

Toyoda Gosei

Trelleborg AB

Trinseo

Victrex

Woodbridge Group

Yokohama Rubber

ZF

3. Forecasts

Aluminium

Glass

Iron

Other materials

Plastics

Steel

4. Materials

Aluminium

Carbon fibre

Coatings

Magnesium

Organic materials

Other materials

Plastics and composites

A new Tailored Fibre Placement process … can reduce fibre wastage to just 3 per cent instead of the usual 30-70 per cent.

Recycling

Steel

5. Archive

Emerging markets

Front-end modules

IAC develops blow foaming process for air ducts

Interior films from 3M

Nissan’s SpecV version of its GT-R ‘halo car’

PSA looks for aluminium partners

6. Appendix

What is this Report About?

List of Tables

List of Tables

Table 1: Aluminium as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2020, 2025, 2030, 2035

Table 2: Glass as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2020. 2025, 2030, 2035

Table 3: Iron as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2020, 2025, 2030, 2035

Table 4: Other materials as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2020, 2025, 2030, 2035

Table 5: Plastics as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2020, 2025, 2030, 2035

Table 6: Steel as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2020, 2025,2030, 2035

Table 7: Alternative materials: potential weight saving versus cost

Table 8: Examples of alternative materials to steel

Table 9: Evaluation of a clutch pedal

Table 10: Cost of CO2 saving

List of Figures

List of Figures

Figure 1: VW Golf

Figure 2: Ford carbon fibre bonnet

Figure 3: Steel

Frequently Asked Questions

The key segments of the global automotive material trends market are aluminum, glass, iron, plastics, steel, and other materials.

The key companies in the automotive material trends market include Stadco, Gestamp Automocion, Solvay, Hyundai Motor Group, Accuride Corporation, 3M, Robert Bosch GmbH, Asahi Kasei Plastics, Continental AG, Dow Automotive Systems, Alcoa, Inc, Showa Denko, BASF SE, Bridgestone Corporation, Benteler International AG among others.

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