Automotive Material Trends – Global Sector Overview and Forecast to 2030 (Q1 2021 Update)

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

Consequently, more vehicles are incorporating components aimed at mass reduction, parts consolidation to reduce assembly costs and more efficient recycling. The vehicle makers’ need to improve overall fuel economy in vehicles has led to the trend toward minimising vehicle weight. The use of performance materials such as high-strength steel and aluminium is on the rise and heavier traditional materials, such as steel and iron, are being replaced whenever possible.

The report “Automotive Material Trends – Global Sector Overview and Forecast to 2030 (Q1 2021 Update)” provides a comprehensive overview of the global body material trends sector, major suppliers, top 14 markets, technology trends and market size forecasts.

The study reviews and forecasts the main materials used in vehicle manufacture, namely Steel, Aluminium, Plastics, Iron and Glass apart from other materials such as Organic, Carbon Fibre and Magnesium.

*The top 14 markets accounting for over 98% of global light vehicle production include:

North America (US, Canada and Mexico) ; Mercosur (Brazil and Argentina); Western Europe (Germany, Italy, France, UK, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Finland and Morocco) ; Central Europe (Turkey, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia); Russia; Japan; China; India; Korea; Thailand; Other Asia; Iran; South Africa; Australia.

Scope

Based on exclusive interviews, primary research and proprietary data this global market study includes:

• Material use as a percentage of Vehicle Body Weight for the top 14* markets.

• A review of the latest material developments, applications and market trends (including Space Frames, Engine Cooling, Armour, Braking, Reinforcing, Seating, Light-Weighting, Films, Aluminium, Carbon Fibre, Coatings, Magnesium, Organic Materials, Plastics and Composites, Steel And Recycling initiatives).

• Exclusive interviews with OE suppliers including Isolite Group, Zircotec, Prodrive, JAPIA, Tata Steel, Surface Processing.

• Sector PESTER (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental and Regulatory) analysis.

• Updated profiles of the major materials suppliers including their strategies and prospects.

• Material use forecasts as a percentage of vehicle body weight for the top 14* markets (sectors include Steel, Iron, Aluminium, Plastics, Glass and Other Materials).

Reasons to buy

• Gain a quick overview of the Automotive Materials sector globally.

• Understand the size and scope of the world's top 14 markets.

• Hear direct from leading companies on their strategies and plans.

• Review the latest and most significant technological developments.

• Follow the key trends within the sector and what's driving them.

• Spot opportunities and threats in this sector.

• Track key companies' latest activities and prospects.

• Prepare supply and demand forecasts.

• Produce internal sales plans and forecasts.

• Carry out competitive intelligence.

Companies mentioned

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

Introduction

Pester analysis

Companies

3M

Accuride Corporation

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.

Infrastructure

Merger and acquisition activity

Martinrea

Metaldyne

Minda Corporation

Mitsui Chemicals

NanoSteel Company

Novares

Novelis

NSG

Oerlikon Balzers

Posco

PPG Industries

Infrastructure

Merger and acquisition activity

Products

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

Forecasts

Aluminium

Glass

Iron

Other materials

Plastics

Steel

Materials

Aluminium

Applications

Alcoa's MagnaForce

Aluminium sheet from Kobe Steel

Audi Space Frame

Cadillac ATS

Constellium’s aluminium crash management system

Engine cooling

Ford F-150 pickup

GM's aluminium welding technology

Heat shield from Federal-Mogul

Honda's steel-aluminium jointing solution

Novelis supplying aluminium sheet to General Motors

Tesla Model S

Turbocharger

Carbon fibre

Armoured vehicles

Bentley's solutions

BMW's solutions

Body panels

Carbon ceramic disc brakes

Daimler's solutions

Ford's solutions

GM's solutions

Coatings

Colour trends

BASF's research

DuPont's research

PPG's research

Other

Magnesium

Roofs

Seating

Organic materials

Acoustical foam

Doors

Ecological plastic in the Prius

Engine parts

Floor mats

Ford's approach to using alternative materials

Instrument panels

Interiors

Mercedes-Benz uses coconut matting, crushed olive stones and even sawdust

Seating

Tyres

Other materials

Alternative material to nylon 12 resin

BASF's car seat cover

ContiTech's double-sided timing belt

Plastics and composites

Bioplastic for vehicle interior parts

Brake pedal

Bumper market

Charge air ducts

Composite material door panels

Composite plastic tailgate

Door panels

Engine cooling

Environmentally friendly (‘green’) products

Front-end modules

Fuel system applications

General Motors' 'smart materials' developments

Glass fibre compounds

Glazing

Interior applications

Ford and Coca-Cola develop vehicle interior fabric

Resins

Roof systems

Sealing applications

Material from Trelleborg

Windshield sealing system for the Opel Astra GTC

Seat belts

Seats

Spare wheel tray

Spoiler

Suspension system

Tailgate

Technology developments

Transmission crossbeam

Wheels

Recycling

Batteries

Bumpers

Glazing

Interiors

Motor oil

Steel

Tyres

Continental's tyre recycling process

Ford makes gaskets and seals from recycled tyres

Michelin's TREC project

Waste packaging

Steel

Fuel tanks

Seats

Wheels

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

List of Tables

List of Tables

Alternative materials: potential weight saving versus cost

Aluminium as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030

Cost of CO2 saving

Evaluation of a clutch pedal

Examples of alternative materials to steel

Glass as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030

Iron as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030

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

Plastics as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030

Steel as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030

List of Figures

List of Tables

Alternative materials: potential weight saving versus cost

Aluminium as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030

Cost of CO2 saving

Evaluation of a clutch pedal

Examples of alternative materials to steel

Glass as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030

Iron as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030

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

Plastics as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030

Steel as a percentage of total kerb weight of medium-sized passenger cars assembled in all major car producing regions, 2008-2030

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