The U.S. ceramic brake disc market size is expected to reach USD 106.9 million by 2025, registering at a CAGR of 2.6% over the forecast period, according to a study conducted by Grand View Research, Inc. Reduction in unsprung mass in a vehicle coupled with durability and requirement of low maintenance are expected to drive the demand for ceramic brake disc in U.S. Factors such as increasing preference for fuel-efficient vehicles and a longer life-span of ceramic brake discs are also likely to fuel the market.
The demand discs is mainly driven by the sale of the supercars and luxury passenger cars. In U.S., over the recent years, prominent brands such as Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, and Maserati among others witnessed a major decline in vehicle sales. According to the Wall Street Journal, the declining trend for vehicle sales is expected to continue throughout 2018. For instance, the Mercedez Benz Cars segment sales have already witnessed a decline of 17.6% in comparison to March 2017.
Furthermore, the lack of adoption of ceramic brake disc owing to lesser perceived benefits in return of the investment made in upgrading the car, is affecting growth of ceramic brake disc market. Additionally, the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) offer the ceramic brake disc in a limited number of variants as a performance upgrade feature, due to the cost factor. This factor may hamper the product adoption.
The OE market segment held the dominant market share of 93.5% in 2017. At present, these brake discs are limited to supercars and luxury passenger cars, where the price point of the vehicle does not bother the buyers. Moreover, vehicle manufacturers offer ceramic brakes as an optional feature to customers at an additional cost. The segment is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 2.7% over the forecast period. However, the ceramic brake disc aftermarket is complex and is characterized by a limited number of players operating in the U.S. ceramic brake disc market. The ceramic brake discs have a considerably longer lifespan as compared to standard cast iron brake discs and can be refurbished. Therefore, it reduces the product penetration for aftermarket distributors and suppliers.
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Further key findings from the study suggest:
By sales channel, the OE market segment is expected to continue leading the market owing to high durability and low maintenance of the product. The segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 2.7% from 2018 to 2025
The aftermarket for supercars is expected to lead over the forecast period and is expected to account for a market share of 56.4% of the U.S. ceramic brake disc aftermarket by 2025
Prominent participants in the U.S. ceramic brake disc market include Brembo SGL Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Akebono Brake Industry CO., Ltd., ROTORA, and Surface Transformers PLC among others.