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Automotive Roof Systems Market and Trend Analysis by Technology, Key Companies and Forecast, 2021-2036

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

What are the market dynamics of the global automotive roof systems market?x

Before the pandemic hit, component makers were already suffering from waning global business confidence and flagging capital expenditure on automating and upgrading plant. Industrial robot sales have stalled, even in China which has a high priority in increasing its robot density. Moreover, lockdowns impacted sales in Europe, particularly in West European markets.

With the increased commitment for comfort systems and the use of overhead glass, roof makers see a trend towards roof modules with integrated opening systems.  They believe that this provides the potential for utilisation of various roof options on one body interface. The design emphasis these days is less on the old tilt and slide sunroofs and more on panoramic roofs stretching the length of the car and smart combinations of convertible and glass roofs. This is accompanied by the need for lighter materials such as polycarbonate. Moreover, lightweight design will continue to grow in importance, which may be linked to requirements of reducing the product complexity of roof systems.

Increasing use of solar roofs are still mostly just image promotion. However, this is a technology that makes sense and offers exciting possibilities. Much will depend on technological development – solar roof efficiency and pricing.

What is the PESTER analysis for the global automotive roof systems market?

Political

Converging market drivers such as congestion charging; oil pricing; energy security; vehicle maintenance costs; and punitive legislative measures on vehicle emissions are now applicable to a global marketplace.

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

Several trends are notable in hard-top designs, notably the sheer size and sophistication of the products. Panoramic sunroofs stretching the length and breadth of a vehicle are becoming increasingly popular on both sides of the Atlantic. Roof systems are also fast becoming part of a car’s identity.

Technological

The lightweight convertible design will continue to grow in importance, which may be linked to requirements of reducing the product complexity of roof systems. Emotional trends as well, such as improved acoustics, optics, and comfort features, have become more important. Fabric colors may be a potential area for innovation, as well as the use of other materials.

Environmental

BMW says it is looking at improving efficiency by using solar energy. In Central Europe, a square meter of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells can produce around 200W of electricity. PV modules could be incorporated into the roof, or the whole surface of the car. The automaker says these could be used to help pre-warm engine fluids to reduce emissions during the cold-start phase, where emissions are high.

Regulatory

Since 2009, NHTSA’s standards for the roof strength of light vehicles sold in the US have been doubled. Until 2009 the standard for roofs called for them to withstand 1.5 times the weight of the vehicles. However, a spate of rollover crashes in SUVs prompted NHTSA to intervene and regulate that roofs can withstand 3 times the vehicle’s weight.

What are the key segments of the global automotive roof systems market?

The automotive roof systems market is classified into conventional-sized sunroofs, convertible roofs, and large sunroofs.

Conventional-sized sunroofs segment in global automotive roof systems market

As Inalfa Roof Systems defines it, (conventional-sized) standard sunroofs are single-panel roof systems that have a glass panel that is on average smaller than 0.5-m². These sunroofs are assembled from inside the vehicle (known as bottom-loaded).

Convertible roofs segment in global automotive roof systems market

Convertible roofs can be divided into retractable hard-tops and retractable soft-tops. The industry consensus is that retractable hardtops can be largely integrated into almost all car segments. However, soft-tops perform almost better than retractable hardtops in terms of isolation, styling, and safety.

Large sunroofs segment in global automotive roof systems market

Inalfa defines a large roof as one that is technically more complex than standard roofs and has a glass panel larger than 0.5 sqm. These roofs can be assembled both as bottom-loaded and as top-loaded systems. Although large sunroofs can make a small car feel bigger, most do not fully open; the front section is typically a conventional sunroof while the rear resembles a skylight.

Automotive roof systems market, by product type

Automotive roof systems market, by product type

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Which are the key companies in the automotive roof systems market?

The key companies in the roof systems market include Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., ASC Inc, Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts Co, Heuliez, Inteva Products, LLC, Magna International Inc., Pininfarina, Valmet Automotive, and Webasto AG among others.

Automotive roof systems market, by key companies

Automotive roof systems market, by key companies

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Market report scope

Key segments Conventional-Sized Sunroofs, Convertible Roofs, and Large Sunroofs
Key companies Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., ASC Inc, Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts Co, Heuliez, Inteva Products, LLC, Magna International Inc., Pininfarina, Valmet Automotive, and Webasto AG

Scope

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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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Key Players

Heuliez

General Motors

Aisin Seiki

Dow Automotive Systems

Covestro

Webasto AG

Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts

Inteva Products, LLC

Magna International Inc.

Valmet Automotive Inc.

Pininfarina S.p.A.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Main Trends in the Sector

2. PESTER Analysis

Political

Economic

Social

Technological

Environmental

Regulatory

3. Companies

Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd.

American Specialty Cars

Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts Co

Inteva Products, LLC

Magna International Inc.

Pininfarina

Valmet Automotive

Webasto AG

4. Forecasts

Conventional-sized sunroofs

Convertible roofs

Large sunroofs

5. Markets

Emerging markets

Market shares

6. Technologies

Other

Retractable hard-top roofs

Retractable soft-top roofs

Solar roofs

7. Archive

Ferrari Superamerica

Nissan 370Z Roadster

Solar roofs from Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide

8. Appendix

What is this Report About?

9. Contact Us

List of Tables

List of Tables

Table 1: Main trends in the Roof systems sector

Table 2: Market fitment/penetration rates of conventional-sized sunroofs fitted to newly-assembled light vehicles, 2016-2036, (%)

Table 3: Market volumes of conventional-sized sunroofs fitted to newly-assembled light vehicles, 2016-2036, ('000s units)

Table 4: Market fitment/penetration rates of retractable hard top roofs fitted to newly-assembled light vehicles, 2016-2036, (%)

Table 5: Market volumes of retractable hard top roofs fitted to newly-assembled light vehicles, 2016-2036, ('000s units)

Table 6: Market fitment/penetration rates of retractable soft top roofs fitted to newly-assembled light vehicles, 2016-2036, (%)

Table 7: Market volumes of retractable soft top roofs fitted to newly-assembled light vehicles, 2016-2036, ('000s units)

Table 8: Market fitment/penetration rates of large sunroofs fitted to newly-assembled light vehicles, 2016-2036, (%)

Table 9: Market volumes of large sunroofs fitted to newly-assembled light vehicles, 2016-2036, ('000s units)

Table 10: Global manufacturer market shares of sunroofs for passenger cars and light vehicles, 2010-2021, % of volume

Table 11: Asia-Pacific manufacturer market shares of sunroofs for passenger cars and light vehicles, 2010-2021, % of volume

Table 12: European manufacturer market shares of sunroofs for passenger cars and light vehicles, 2010-2021, % of volume

Table 13: North American manufacturer market shares of sunroofs for passenger cars and light vehicles, 2010-2021, % of volume

List of Figures

List of Figures

Figure 1: Mercedes E Class E200

Figure 2: Polycarbonate roof

Frequently Asked Questions

The key segments of the automotive roof systems market are conventional-sized sunroofs, convertible roofs, and large sunroofs.

 

 

The key companies in the automotive roof systems market include Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., ASC Inc, Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts Co, Heuliez, Inteva Products, LLC, Magna International Inc., Pininfarina, Valmet Automotive, and Webasto AG among others.

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