GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE FABRIC MARKET
Technical textiles are generally recognized to be the most dynamic & promising areas for the future of the textile industry and also as an emerging area for functional application of textiles. At present, it accounts for 20% consumption of global textile production. An automotive textile is the single largest consumer of technical textiles with over 1 million tons per annum.
Automotive textile is a type of textile that is used in conjunction with automobiles, i.e. it is widely utilized in the automotive sector, ranging from small weight cars to large trucks or duty vehicles. Automobile textiles, which are non-apparel fabrics, are commonly used in vehicles such as automobiles, trains, buses, aeroplanes, and ships. As a result, the word car textile refers to all types of textile components utilized in automobiles, such as fibres, filaments, yarns, and cloth.
Almost two-thirds of automotive textiles are used for interior trim, such as seat covers, carpets, and roof and door liners. The remainder is used to strengthen tyres, hoses, safety belts, air bags, and other components. It is estimated that roughly 45 square metres of textile material is used for interior trim in an automobile (seating area, headlines, side panel, carpet, and trunk). According to a report, the percentage of textile in a motor automobile accounts for 2% of the total weight of the vehicle. Aside from that, visible textile components, excluding hidden components such as tyres and composites, hoses, and filters, total 10-11 kg per car in absolute terms. Industrial textiles are widely used.
GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE FABRIC MARKET DEVELOPMENTS AND INNOVATIONS
|S No||Overview of Development||Development Detailing||Region of Development||Possible Future Outcomes|
|1||Volvo reveals new materials for its leather-free vehicles||Volvo is among the very few brands to say it will not offer any leather at all, even as an option, in any of its vehicles. Nordico, another new, non-leather material Volvo will be using, consists of textiles made from recycled material such as plastic bottles, wood remnants from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland, and corks recycled from the wine industry.||Global||This would enhance better Technologies and production|
GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE FABRIC MARKET DYNAMICS
Automotive textile is a component of technical textile. Because it cannot be classed as clothing textile, it is more of a textile techno mechanical application. Industrial textiles are frequently utilized in transportation vehicles and systems such as automobiles, trains, buses, aircraft, and ships. In an average automobile, 50 square yards of textile material is utilized for inside trim (seating areas headliners, side panels, carpets and trunk, lining, tires, filters, belts hoses, airbags etc.)
Increased vehicle sales, fast economic progress, and the adoption of rigorous government safety regulations for the use of airbags, seat belts, and other safety devices are major drivers driving the worldwide automotive fabric market’s growth.
Furthermore, the spike in passenger car manufacturing in Asia-Pacific emerging countries is primarily defined by an increase in disposable income, which supports market development. As a result, the increased use of fabric materials is closely connected to the progress of passenger car applications. Furthermore, developing countries, such as India, China, and Brazil, are the most promising for the automotive sector. Therefore, increase in demand for vehicles in the automotive sector fuels the growth of the automotive fabric market.
Considering the globalization, the automotive environment is evolving at a rapid rate. Most growing nations, including China, India, and Brazil, see a growth in car sales as manufacturing facilities improve.
The global automotive industry offers higher productivity and sales since it is made up of several categories, such as premium and four-wheelers, which drive market expansion. This element has a significant impact on important companies in the automotive sector’s decision to invest and develop the business through various divisions in order to increase profitability. Furthermore, an increase in consumer disposable income and an increase in passenger car sales throughout the world drive demand.
GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE FABRIC MARKET SEGMENTATION
The Global Automotive Textiles Market can be segmented into following categories for further analysis.
By Application of Component Type
- Floor Covering
- Safety Belts
By Vehicle Usage Classification Type
- Passenger Vehicles
- Commercial Vehicles
By Regional Classification
- Asia Pacific Region – APAC
- Middle East and Gulf Region
- Africa Region
- North America Region
- Europe Region
- Latin America and Caribbean Region
RECENT TECHNOLOGICAL TRENDS IN GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE FABRIC MARKET
Almost two-thirds of automotive textiles are used for interior trim, such as seat covers, carpets, and roof and door liners. The remainder is used to strengthen tyres, hoses, safety belts, air bags, and other components. It is estimated that roughly 45 square metres of textile material is used for interior trim in an automobile (seating area, headlines, side panel, carpet, and trunk).
Technology is enabling car designers to find new applications for “old” materials, making textiles and surfaces “smart,” and allowing for personalization. Smart textiles, antimicrobial surfaces, active glass, appealing finishes, and sustainable materials will be used, as will customised lighting and multi-sensor infotainment systems with more displays and fewer switches and buttons.
The assembly of car upholstery entails the combination of three layers: face fabric, foam, and backing material. The traditional way for accomplishing this is to ‘flame laminate on.’ However, this technique is harmful to the environment, and the laminates may lack porosity, affecting sound absorption and comfort. As a result, new technologies such as hot melt adhesive applications are being developed.
Hot melt adhesives are solvent-free adhesives that are solid at temperatures below 180°F (°F), low viscosity fluids above 180°F, and quickly set upon cooling. The prior usage of molten wax for bonding led to the creation of hot melt adhesive technology. When this approach could no longer meet performance requirements, 100 percent thermoplastic systems were created. Hot melt adhesives are now utilised in a number of production processes, including bookbinding, product assembly, and heat sealing of boxes and cartons.
Suppliers of automotive textiles, particularly nonwovens and composites, are being pushed to realign their strategy as the global automobile industry undergoes tremendous upheaval over the next few decades. Artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, fuel cell and battery advancements, the Internet of Things, sensors, and digital technologies are among the other disruptive technologies. Car-sharing in cities, end-of-life recycling, sustainability, and the necessity for lightweight materials due to increasingly severe carbon dioxide (CO2) emission laws for new vehicles are all major developments that will have an influence on the automotive industry.
Lear Corporation has been developing advanced technologies involved in manufacturing of better aided textiles and other requirements for automotive textile compliance. It has mostly recently brought in the Guilford Performance Textiles, which delivers innovative interior solutions that include body cloth capabilities, headliner and specialty applications that complement our product line-up.
With regard to the global automobile industry TeXstyle Defense is a multi-layered system that can be tailored to incorporate any – or all – of the following defensive features: Anti-odour to absorb odours and prevent mildew and bacteria growth; anti-static to reduce static electricity Anti-dusting to resist dust; Release to allow cleaning of oil-based stains while avoiding smells; Repellence to avoid stains and allow for rapid spill clean-up.
SRF has been manufacturing varied levels of technical textiles of which Automotive textiles play an important role towards better innovation and recognition on a global scale. It produces varied generations of family of Polyester Industrial Yarn including High Modulus Low Shrinkage Yarn (HMLS), High-Tenacity Regular Yarn, and Low Shrinkage Yarn. All these yarns are available in adhesive activated (AA) and non-adhesive activated (NAA) form. It is also involved in production of Nylon Tyre Cord Fabrics (NTCF), Polyester Tyre Cord Fabrics (PTCF), Cycle Tyre Cord Fabrics and Chafer Fabrics including wicking and non-wicking chafer for heavy-duty tyres and tubeless radial tyres. These products are used as reinforcement material in various categories of tyres. The key user segments are passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, heavy commercial vehicles, tractors, and off-the-road tyres including the bicycle.