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3rd December 2012

Automotive Textiles (3rd edition) - Moving towards a new global equilibrium


‘Automotive Textiles: Moving towards a new global equilibrium’, a forthcoming new report from Textile Media Services, provides the latest analysis of the fast-altering automotive textiles industry.

Featuring an overview of the automotive market and the wide-ranging use of textile materials in vehicles, this fully updated edition examines in detail the current global structure of this industry, with profiles of more than 60 of the most influential Tier 1 and Tier 2 players, and explains where the growth will be in the next 25 years, and why.

This in-depth report with more than 200 pages and 100 tables:

  • examines the global automotive industry
  • defines automotive fabrics and textiles
  • identifies key areas of application
  • contains profiles of 60 key users and producers of automotive textiles

Buy this report

‘Automotive Textiles (3rd edition) - Moving towards a new global equilibrium’

ISBN 978-0-9573-6161-4

Publication date: June 2013

Price: £395.00 GBP

Order before 1 June 2013 and receive a 20% discount on the publication price (normally £495 GBP) at [email protected]. Please also contact us to receive pricing details of print format plus PDF.

Full Product Description

The use of textiles in automotive applications includes floorcoverings; upholstery; belts, tubes and tapes; tyre cord; safety belts; airbags; components; and filters.

As a result of higher demand for increased comfort and improved safety, the use of textile materials has increased from 20 kg in a mid-size car in 2000 to 26 kg today. In the drive towards lowering weight for reducing both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, many current developments are including new uses for fabrics, and by 2020, it is predicted that the same sized car will contain 35 kg of textiles. This progress, however, is being offset, in the wider scheme of things, by the related trend towards smaller vehicles.

At first glance, China’s role as the global hub for the manufacture and supply of automotive textiles in the next quarter of a century – with uninterrupted growth – seems assured. First, there is the phenomenal rise in domestic vehicle production that the country itself has engineered over the past decade.

Just seven years ago, in 2005, it was being widely predicted by leading analysts that China would account for approximately 50% of automotive growth in Asia between 2006 and 2010, and that some 6.5m vehicles would be made in the country in 2010. This turned out to be something of an underestimate, and as automotive production collapsed in the US, Western Europe and Japan, 8.9m light vehicles were produced in China in 2008. China then became the world’s largest car producer and market in 2009, when sales climbed by 45% and production reached 13.6m units, followed by a further jump to 18.3m units in 2010.

Aligned to this is the vast raw materials base China has at its disposal for textile manufacturing with, for example, 67% of the world’s polyester fibre and filament capacity – a significant amount of which is yet to be utilised. Combined, these two basic strengths would suggest a growing monopoly in the automotive textiles industry.

Which makes what has happened in 2011 and 2012 somewhat surprising. After the years of unprecedented acceleration, car production growth in China was just 0.8% in 2011 and has remained essentially flat in 2012. Just as surprising, perhaps, is that there has been a resurgence in car production in the US in 2011, with growth of 11.5% achieved in the production of more than 8.6m vehicles. With similar growth in 2012, the country is currently on course to match its pre-recession 2007 record of 15m vehicles produced.

The significance of the EU as an automotive trading block is also often overlooked, since markets continue to be considered individually. With a population of well under half that of China, the EU as a whole, led by Germany, still produces a comparable amount of cars and commercial vehicles to China – just over 18m in 2011.

However, the current problems faced by the EU are likely to result in lower production for 2012 and the near future. The momentum being gained by the three other BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia and India – will also be a key factor in shaping tomorrow’s industry. What appears clear, though, is that after its meteoric rise, China’s place in the overall picture is stabilising, as the global car industry establishes a new equilibrium.

One major contributor to this has been the consolidation of assets across the world by the Tier 1 suppliers to automotive OEMs. As far as textiles are concerned, it is notable that three of the leading Tier 1s – Autoliv, Johnson Controls and Lear – have backward integrated into direct textile manufacturing, via the acquisition of assets from Milliken, Michel Thierry and Guilford Mills, respectively. This also points to another mounting hurdle China faces in having not a single Tier 1 supplier with direct access to the car manufacturers outside the country itself – and even within China only in joint venture partnerships hanging on to the coat-tails of the established players.

There are parallels here with the apparel textile industry, in which China remains the powerhouse yet has failed to establish a single brand with any reach outside its national boundaries. These are problems China is certainly aware of, and suggest that as far as automotive textiles are concerned, further consolidation will be rapid and extensive in the country, as the emphasis moves to claiming more of the chain’s value.

This new edition will help you to identify:

  • the current structure of the market for automotive textiles
  • the rapid consolidation that has occurred over the past few years
  • key trends in the global automotive industry
  • principal drivers for automotive interiors
  • the market for automotive occupant restraint equipment
  • current and future production methods for automotive textiles
  • challenges and threats to the increased use of automotive fabrics
  • interior automotive fabrics by manufacturing method
  • automotive tufted carpet producers and converters in Europe
  • future trends in automotive textiles

Company profiles

The report is planned to feature more than 60 profiles of leading players in the automotive textiles sector, including:

Tier 1 suppliers

3M Automotive, Autoliv, Autoneum, CIE Automotive, Faurecia, Grupo Antolin, IAC, Johnson Controls, Lear, Magna International, Takata, Toyota Boshoku, TRW Automotive, Visteon.

Tier 2 suppliers

Decorative fabrics, Alcantara, Ames Europe, Aunde, Borgstena, China New Trend Group, Hongda, Kuangda, Prevent, Miko/Asahi Kasei, Seiren, Shanghai Shenda, Shawmut, Suminoe Teijin Techno, Tachi S Trim Guangzhou.

Trim, upholstery and insulation

Borgers, Carcoustics, Fehrer, Feltex, Grupo Copo, HP Pelzer, Howa Textile, Lydall, Sandler, Trèves Group

Airbag and seatbelt fabrics

Berger Phoenix, CAIP, Hailide, Huamo, ITG Automotive Safety, Key Safety Systems

Tyre cord fibres and fabrics

Junma, Shandong Helon Polytex Chemical Fibre, Shenma

Filters and filter fabrics

Donaldson, Japan Vilene,

Yarns and fibres

Cordenka, Indorama/Sinterama/Trevira, Teijin

To buy this report please email [email protected].

Price: £395.00 GBP


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