According to “Profiles of five major automotive technical textiles manufacturers”, a 20-page report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence, demand for technical textiles in the automotive market is growing as new applications emerge and manufacturers strive to increase comfort, improve safety and reduce weight.
The average weight of textile materials now used in a mid-size car is 30 kg – 50% more than the 20 kg used in 2000. One driving force behind the rise has been a focus on lowering weight in order to achieve higher fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Technical textiles offer significant opportunities for reducing weight. Another driving force is a need for improved acoustic comfort as the popularity of new energy vehicles (NEVs) grows. In particular, sounds which were previously masked by the noise of the internal combustion engine in standard vehicles are clearly audible in NEVs.
There has also been rising demand in the airbag sector, like rising demand for new innovative products. For example, an exterior airbag has been developed for autonomous vehicles which covers the front of the vehicle when inflated to protect vulnerable road users.
Despite the promise shown by increasing demand for technical textiles in the automotive market, however, suppliers of technical textile products to the automotive industry were severely impacted in 2020 and 2021 by the Covid-19 pandemic, among other things. Furthermore, the ongoing military conflict following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to further price increases and supply chain disruptions in 2022.
“Profiles of five major automotive technical textiles manufacturers” is available for purchase from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence Ltd., Wilmslow/UK, and costs £160 (UK), €290 (Europe, Middle East or Africa) or US$385 (Americas or Asia Pacific).