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Lightweighting and Passenger Comfort Will Drive Market Growth

This research service identifies the major industry drivers, restraints, regional trends, and segment trends in the global fibers market for the automotive sector. The research covers 4 regions: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. The study provides an in-depth analysis of the fibers used in composite applications and technical textile applications, with percentage splits across regions and fiber types. Competitive structure and dynamics have been provided at the segment level. Unit shipment, revenue forecasts, and pricing trends have been provided for each segment. The base year is 2013, and the forecast period ends in 2020.

Executive Summary—Key Findings
-Glass fibers will continue to dominate the reinforcement market for composite applications and is expected to represent % of the fibers market volume in 2020.
-With the acquisition of Zoltek Companies, Inc., Toray Industries, Inc. is expected to develop cost friendly carbon fiber projects, enabling it to move ahead of the competition.
-Integrated safety systems in European and North American vehicles will drive the need for better performance and balanced materials for passive safety applications.
-To meet emission requirements, major original equipment manufacturers (OEM) worldwide will be shedding on average kilograms (kg) of vehicle weight by the end of 2015, which will considerably increase opportunities for fibers such as glass, natural, and carbon.
-The lower price-performance index drives polyester fibers, which are expected to capture at least % of the expanding nylon airbag market in developed countries.
-As growth in natural fiber composites gathers momentum, hemp and kenaf fibers will gradually replace flax-based fibers as the key reinforcement in composite applications.
-Companies such as INVISTA, Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), Teijin Limited, and Toray are expected to dominate their respective segments for technical textile applications.
-As BMW expands in North America, it will continue to lead the automotive carbon fiber industry. Most OEMs, however, will continue to focus on a multi-material strategy centered around aluminium and high strength steel (HSS).
-Automotive Tier I suppliers are expected to acquire or partner with composite manufacturing companies to develop and optimize process technologies.
-As OEMs’ sustainability strategies evolve, natural fibers such as wool are expected to find some growth, especially in the European market.
-In China, unified national safety standards and their strict enforcement are expected to result in both an increased number of airbags per vehicle and the quality of the airbag itself. Similarly, as India moves in line with global vehicle standards, new car assessment program (NCAP) ratings will be key in ensuring better passenger safety.

Table Of Contents

Strategic Analysis of Global Fibers Market for the Automotive Sector
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Executive Summary
Executive Summary—Key Findings
Market Engineering Measurements
Executive Summary—Research Scope and Segmentation
CEO's Perspective

2. MARKET OVERVIEW

Market Overview
Market Definitions
Market Trends
Key Questions This Study Will Answer
Market Segmentation

3. MEGA TRENDS AND INDUSTRY CONVERGENCE IMPLICATIONS

Mega Trends and Industry Convergence Implications
Mega Trend—Urbanization
Mega Trend—Innovating to Zero
Mega Trend—Heath, Wellness, and Wellbeing
Mega Trend Impact on the Total Fibers Market for the Automotive Sector

4. DRIVERS AND RESTRAINTS—TOTAL FIBERS MARKET FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR

Drivers and Restraints—Total Fibers Market for the Automotive Sector
Market Drivers
Drivers Explained
Market Restraints
Restraints Explained

5. FORECASTS AND TRENDS—TOTAL FIBERS MARKET FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR

Forecasts and Trends—Total Fibers Market for the Automotive Sector
Market Engineering Measurements
Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
Unit Shipment Split by Region
Revenue Split by Region

6. CEO'S 360 DEGREE PERSPECTIVEON THE AUTOMOTIVE FIBER INDUSTRY

CEO's 360 Degree Perspectiveon the Automotive Fiber Industry
CEO's 360 Degree Perspective

7. FIBERS FOR TECHNICAL TEXTILE APPLICATIONS BREAKDOWN

Fibers for Technical Textile Applications Breakdown
Fibers for Technical Textile Applications—Key Findings
Introduction
Market Engineering Measurements
Forecast Assumptions
Fibers for Technical Textile Applications—Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
Fibers for Technical Textile Applications—Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
Pricing Trends and Forecast
Pricing Trends and Forecast Discussion
Fibers for Technical Textile Applications—Percent Unit Shipment Split by Fiber Type
Fibers for Technical Textile Applications—Unit Shipment Split by Region
Fibers for Technical Textile Applications—Revenue Split by Region
Regional Trends
Material Trend Analysis—Upholstery
Material Trend Analysis—Carpet and Floor Mats
Material Trend Analysis—Safety
Material Trend Analysis—Rubber Reinforcement
Material Trend Analysis—Other Interior Applications
Material Trend Analysis—Other Applications
Competitive Environment
Product Matrix—Major Companies
Competitive Matrix
Strategic Focus Points
Value Chain Analysis—Participants
Value Chain Analysis—Consolidation and Partnerships
Value Chain Strategy—Key OEM Trends
Competitive Factors and Assessment
Porter's 5 Forces

8. FIBERS FOR COMPOSITE APPLICATIONS

Fibers for Composite Applications
Fibers for Composite Applications—Key Findings
Introduction
Market Engineering Measurements
Forecast Assumptions
Fibers for Composite Applications—Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast
Fibers for Composite Applications—Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast Discussion
Pricing Trends and Forecast
Pricing Trends and Forecast Discussion
Fibers for Composite Applications—Carbon Fiber Scenario Analysis
Fibers for Composite Applications—Key Growth Areas
Fibers for Composite Applications—Percent Unit Shipment Split by Fiber Type
Fibers for Composite Applications—Unit Shipment Split by Region
Fibers for Composite Applications—Revenue Split by Region
Regional Trends
Competitive Environment
Product Matrix—Major Companies
Competitive Matrix
Strategic Focus Points
Value Chain Analysis—Participants
Value Chain Analysis—Consolidation and Partnerships
Value Chain Transformation
Structural and Semi-structural Lightweighting Strategy of Key OEMs
Competitive Factors and Assessment
Porter's 5 Forces

9. THE LAST WORD

The Last Word
The Last Word—3 Big Predictions
Legal Disclaimer

10. APPENDIX

Appendix
Market Engineering Methodology
Partial List of Companies Interviewed
Abbreviations and Acronyms Used

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