The global automotive composite suspension components market is still at a nascent stage but possesses significant growth potential over the next five years to reach US$ 83.7 million in 2022. Organic growth of automobile production, growing preference for composite components in passenger and light commercial vehicles, development of new composite suspension applications, an advancement in the composites technology, and stringent government regulations regarding fuel efficiency and carbon emission reductions are the major growth drivers of the market.
Composite suspension components offer several benefits over steel components, such as lightweight, high durability, better vibration energy absorption, and excellent fatigue resistance. For example; composite leaf spring is up to five times more durable than that of a similar sized steel leaf springs at just 1/7th the weight.
The global automotive composite suspension components market is segmented based on component type as leaf spring, coil spring, suspension arm, stabilizer bar, and other components. Composite leaf springs are expected to remain the largest segment in the global automotive suspension components market during the forecast period. Composite leaf springs are mainly used in passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. Pickup, Van, and SUVs are the major vehicle types that are using composite leaf springs on either transversal or longitudinal position depending on requirements, vehicle design, etc. All major OEMs are evaluating the usage of composite leaf springs in their major Pickup, VAN, and SUV models.
Based on the vehicle type, the global automotive composite suspension components market is segmented as passenger car, light commercial vehicle (LCV), medium & heavy duty commercial vehicle (M&HCV), and others. LCV, currently, dominates the global automotive composite suspension components market because of higher usage of composite leaf springs in LCVs. The passenger car is projected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period, driven by an increasing usage of leaf springs and coil springs.
Based on regions, Europe is expected to remain the largest market for composite suspension components in the automotive industry over the next five years, driven by higher usage of composite leaf springs in LCVs. Asia-Pacific is a relatively small market but is expected to experience the highest growth during the same period.
The supply chain of this market comprises raw material suppliers, composite component manufacturers, OEMs, distributors, and end users. The global automotive composite suspension components market is highly consolidated with the presence of less than a dozen global players. The key composite component manufacturers for suspension system are Liteflex LLC, IFC Composite GmbH, Benteler-SGL, and Sogefi Group. New product development, capacity expansion, and process optimization are the key strategies adopted by the major players to gain a competitive edge in the market.
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