Optimizing fuel efficiency by reducing the overall weight of vehicle driving the Automotive Interior Materials Market
(MENAFN – GetNews) Automotive Interior Materials Market by Type (Synthetic Leather (PU & PVC), Genuine Leather, Polymers, Fabric), Vehicle Type (Passenger Vehicles, Light Commercial Vehicles, Heavy Commercial Vehicles), Region
The global automotive interior materials market is estimated to be USD 46.63 in 2018 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.5% to reach USD 55.41 billion by 2023. The increasing demand is attributed to the growing automotive industry in emerging regions. Players in this market are adopting various organic and inorganic strategies to expand their presence in emerging markets, such as India, China, Thailand, and Brazil.
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The introduction of government regulations for vehicle safety, reduction of carbon emission, and lightweight of vehicles is forcing OEMs to provide enhanced safety features in vehicles and use materials that will help in an overall weight reduction of the vehicle. According to EPA, every 100 pounds taken out of the vehicle increases the fuel economy by 12%. This is achieved by making the upholstery flexible and light yet tough to replace with the similar volume of plastic, as plastic components have a higher mass compared to the textile. Thus, replacing plastic with lighter interior materials results in an overall reduction in vehicle weight and at the same time maintaining the safety standards of the vehicle. Hence, manufacturers are encouraged to use automotive interior materials.
Polymers are the most widely used type of automotive interior material
The polymers segment accounts for the largest share of the overall automotive interior material. Automotive interior polymers are used in the manufacture of lightweight and durable interior components. The use of components manufactured with these lightweight polymers helps reduce the overall weight of the vehicle and makes it fuel-efficient.
Passenger vehicles are projected to be the