Global Automotive Interior Materials Market to Reach US$137.06 Billion By 2023

Automotive interior materials includes materials such as leather (artificial or PU leather, PVC leather, synthetic leather and genuine leather), thermoplastic polymers, fabric, vinyl and wood. Thermoplastic polymers and leather are the vital segments, which generates the largest revenues among all automotive interior materials. The automotive interior materials market is expected to grow in the coming years considering the launch of new segment of vehicles (hybrid and electric) and introduction of new technologies in automotive interior materials. Key opportunity areas of automobile interior materials applications are expected to deal with comfort solutions for automobile users, which may include dirt-repellent antimicrobial textiles and surfaces, anti-glare coated mirrors and nano filters. Climate controlled automotive seats based on thermo-electric technology, which converts electricity into heating or cooling is another vital application that is expected to be introduced in the coming years. The most preferred automotive interior materials are fabric (such as body cloth fabrics, velvet, velour and tweed), leather (such as genuine leather, synthetic leather, PU or artificial leather and synthetic leather), thermoplastic polymers and vinyl. The fabrics that are used in automobiles are generally polyester and rayon blends. Velour is the most expensive fabric, which is used in high end cars. Vinyl is the best alternative to fabric, which is available in various texture and colors. Vinyl is affordable and easy to maintain but the material gets heated when exposed to sun. Leather is a very popular material used in automotive interiors. Synthetic leather is the largest used form of leather because it is affordable and durable. However, genuine leather is the most durable form of leather but it is quite expensive.

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A small percentage of hybrid and electric vehicles are already available in the market. The percentage is expected to grow in the coming years because of their eco-friendly use and efficiency. Therefore, with the rise in the number of hybrid and electric vehicles in the automobile market, the application and market for automotive interior materials is set to flourish in the coming years. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of automobiles are trying means and ways to make their vehicles lighter and efficient in order to improve the fuel efficiency and performance. Lighter automotive interior materials, which are used in the dashboard and seating structures can serve as a new opportunity and ensure a feasible option to such OEMs. Product innovation and development is one of the key strategies adopted by leading market players. New product innovation is required to survive stiff competition in the market. Companies are involved in research and development to create innovative products. Innovation in products helps companies to have a competitive advantage over its competitors, which ensures long-term sustainability, customer satisfaction and maximization of profits.

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In the dynamic business environment where numerous technological advancements are taking place each day, it is necessary for the automotive interior materials manufacturing companies to align its strategies with the technological shifts. Technological advancement in automotive seating in vehicles is set a bring a transition in the automobile sector. Automotive interior materials manufacturers are introducing light-weight seats that are thinner and comfortable and hence, increasing the floor space and reducing the overall weight of the vehicle.

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Key participants in the industry include Faurecia SA (France), Johnson Controls, Inc. (U.S.), Grammer AG (Germany), Lear Corporation (U.S.) and BASF SE (Germany) among others.