Automotive exhaust systems helps to exhaust gases out of the engine, clean up emissions that could be environmentally hazardous and reduce the noise generated by the high-velocity exhaust gases. The components of automotive exhaust systems comprise exhaust pipes, flanges, clamps and brackets among others. All these components work together with the connectors catalytic converters and exhaust manifold gaskets among other for the efficient functioning of the automotive exhaust systems.
Exhaust pipes are engineered explicitly to transmit or carry various noxious and toxic gases away from the users of the machine. The exhaust gases are usually very hot, owing to which the exhaust pipes must be heat resistant and durable for not getting spoiled by the heat. These double walled exhaust pipes are manufactured using different metals such as zinc-plated heavy gauzed steel, stainless steel or aluminized steel. Exhaust flanges is a type of projecting rim that helps to tightly attach, fasten or join several exhaust pipes, using nuts and bolts. These exhaust flanges are generally made of iron, stainless steel, aluminum, carbon steel, hardened steel and alloy steel. Exhaust clamps are the components of the exhaust system that used for providing a steady connection between the engine components and various pipe sections. The clamps come in a diverse range of sizes and can accommodate different sizes of connections and pipes. Steel is most widely used for manufacturing these clamps. The exhaust brackets are a kind of fastener, generally made of steel that provides support to the different components of an automobile’s exhaust system. The global market for automotive exhaust pipes, flanges, clamps and brackets is being strongly driven by the awareness of people regarding the environmental hazards caused by harmful exhaust gases. The government of various countries globally have introduced strict emission norms to keep the environment free from these toxic gases, owing to which the manufacturers are investing on the product of energy efficient exhaust systems. The global market is also being driven by increasing vehicle production fueled the healthy economic growth of the emerging countries in the regions of Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East and Africa.
The global automotive exhaust pipes, flanges, clamps and brackets market can be segmented, by vehicle type into light commercial vehicles (LCV), heavy commercial vehicles (HCV) and passenger vehicles. On the basis of types of exhaust pipes the global market can be classified into H pipes, tail pipes, side pipes, single downpipe, down pipes and others. Based on the types of exhaust clamps and brackets, the global market can be segregated into band clamps, strap clamps, V-band clamps, U-bolt clamps, collar clamps and others. In addition, the market can be geographically divided broadly into five regions, namely: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America and Middle East and Africa. Asia Pacific is expected to emerge as the most lucrative market for automotive exhaust pipes, flanges, clamps and brackets during the forecast period, owing to its leading position in terms of vehicle production and automotive exhaust system manufacturing. In the recent years, China has been a leader in the automotive market and the original equipment manufacturers are persistently setting up their manufacturing firms in this country due to easy availability of cheap labor and favorable work conditions. Further, economic growth of the emerging economies in the APAC region such as Indonesia, Japan and South Korea are also expected to contribute to the growth of the global market positively.
The major players in the global automotive exhaust pipes, flanges, clamps and brackets market include Mercury Products Corporation, Norma Group America, Ottawa Products Company, Inc., Morgantown Manufacturing Company, AP Exhaust Technologies, FIO Automotive Canada Corporation, Midwest Acoust-A-Fiber, Inc, MINILEIT, Inc., Benteler International AG and Clamps, Inc. among others.