Public Transportation Sector Fuels Demand for Extruded Structures amidst COVID-19 Era

In the first half of 2020, companies in the automotive aluminum extrusion market experienced a dip in sales volume and sales revenue due to factory shutdowns and trade restrictions owing to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Companies are anticipating an upward trend in market growth by the end of 2020, as the pandemic subsides in Europe, the U.S., India, and Russia. Currently, manufacturers in the automotive aluminum extrusion market have resumed full operation in countries with limited number of COVID-19 cases.

Manufacturers are adopting contingency plans to address future uncertainty in businesses. Apart from vehicles, manufacturers are catering to the needs of end customers in the public transportation sector. They are maintaining business continuity plans with customers who are a part of essential sectors in the automotive industry.

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Electric Vehicles Set Pace for New Mobility Standards

Aluminum is gaining popularity as the fastest growing automotive material. Electric vehicles (EVs) are driving the automotive aluminum extrusion market. The growing use of aluminum in chassis applications, vehicle closure parts, and body-in-white parts are bolstering market growth. As such, automakers are adapting to new mobility standards, and are bullish on the growth of aluminum in the EV sector.

Analysts at the Transparency Market Research (TMR) are anticipating Y-O-Y growth for the automotive aluminum extrusion market, as EVs are becoming readily available for customers. Moreover, aluminum extruded structures help to offset the battery weight and lead to fuel savings. Improved vehicle performance is the key advantage of automotive aluminum extruded components.

New Aluminum Alloys with Thermal Deformation Suit Lightweight Applications

The automotive aluminum extrusion market is anticipated to grow at a favorable CAGR of 6% throughout the assessment period. This can be attributed to manufacturers being keen on using aluminum alloys in lightweight applications. However, the connection mode is limited in the case of aluminum alloys, which leads to problems in riveting and welding, resulting in poor static performance. Hence, companies in the automotive aluminum extrusion market should collaborate with researchers to develop new aluminum alloys using cost-efficient methods such as thermal deformation, micro alloying, and heat treatment.

Manufacturers are tapping value-grab opportunities in North America. For instance, Norsk Hydro ASA— a Norwegian aluminum and renewable energy company, is investing in output capacities for approx. 23 locations in North America with its enormous competency in design and technical support. Manufacturers are adopting latest technologies in metallurgy and application engineering to gain market recognition.

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Collaboration with Universities Helps to Narrow Gap in R&D and Production

Groundbreaking innovations in extrusion equipment are contributing toward the growth of the automotive aluminum extrusion market. For instance, manufacturers should take cues from the Constellium University Technology Center at Brunel University London to develop one-of-its-kind extrusion equipment, which deploys rapid prototyping of automotive components. Automakers should use industry-standard extrusion equipment to significantly reduce development times while manufacturing components using advance aluminum alloys.

Companies in the automotive aluminum extrusion market need to increase R&D muscle to innovate in new alloy processing technologies meant for lightweight applications. They are setting their collaboration wheels in motion with R&D centers at leading universities to develop extruded components as per the automaker’s specifications. Rapid prototyping is the key to reduce development time of vehicles. R&D centers are conducting simulation and precision testing for crash, towing, and assembly processes.

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Analysts’ Viewpoint

China has caused a slowdown in global automotive activities amidst the COVID-19 era, since China is the hub of manufacturing and supply of raw materials involving aluminum. As such, customers are opting for high-performance cars and safe trucks that are fun to drive, owing to their lightweight attributes and environment friendliness. However, the pace of innovation in aluminum alloys is still very slow compared to the ever-evolving nature of the market. Hence, companies should collaborate with R&D centers at universities to reduce the gap between research and the production of new aluminum alloys. This technique will help reduce production costs.

Automotive Aluminum Extrusion Market: Overview

  • The global automotive aluminum extrusion market is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 6% during the forecast period, owing to increase in demand for lightweight vehicles across the globe due to enactment of stringent emission norms across the globe. This, in turn, is likely to increase the demand for aluminum extrusion in automotive applications. Rise in demand for electric vehicles across the globe is likely to propel the automotive aluminum extrusion market, as the use of aluminum in electric vehicles helps enhance the range of these vehicles.
  • Rise in the use of aluminum in vehicles, owing to increase in their fuel-efficiency is likely to boost the automotive aluminum extrusion market across the globe. Use of aluminum in automotive has been increasing consistently for the past 40 years. Aluminum is the second-most used material in vehicles, after steel.

Drivers of Automotive Aluminum Extrusion Market

  • Rise in consumer trend toward fuel-efficient vehicles across the globe is likely to drive the global automotive aluminum extrusion market. Use of aluminum saves an equivalent of 108 million barrels of crude oil in energy compared with a fleet of traditional steel vehicles.
  • Aluminum can provide weight saving of up to 50%, as compared to that offered by traditional mild steel structure, which is likely to enhance fuel-efficiency of a vehicle. Vehicles having aluminum material has a 20% smaller lifecycle CO2 footprint, as compared to steel vehicles. Furthermore, a fleet of aluminum vehicles saves an equivalent of 44 million tons of CO2 emissions. 
  • Stringent emission norms have been prompting automotive parts manufacturers to focus on the reduction of vehicle weight for the last few years in order to achieve maximum fuel-efficiency and comply with norms enacted by regulatory bodies
  • Aluminum can absorb twice the amount of crash energy as compared to that absorbed by mild steel. Moreover, it can provide weight savings of up to 50% as compared with that offered by traditional mild steel structure. Aluminum can be recycled after the life span of the vehicle ends, which is a key advantage of using aluminum in automotive applications. Almost 90% of automotive aluminum scrap materials are recycled annually. A single ton of recycled aluminum scrap creates energy-savings equivalent of approximately 2,300 gallons of gasoline. This is anticipated to boost the automotive aluminum extrusion market across the globe.

Challenges for Automotive Aluminum Extrusion Market

  • Major vehicle manufacturers shutdown their plants due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a decline in vehicle production and sale. Prominent automakers, including GM, Ford, and FCA, under pressure from unions to protect employees and to follow government advisories, decided to idle their plants across the globe. Toyota, Honda, Tesla, and Nissan also announced a temporary suspension of production across the globe, which is a major challenge for the automotive aluminum extrusion market across the globe.
  • Aluminum is an expensive material, whose costs 2 to 3 times higher than steel. Aluminum frames and body parts are difficult to weld, as compared to steel frames and steel body parts, which is likely to be a challenge for the global automotive aluminum extrusion market

Segmentation of Automotive Aluminum Extrusion Market

  • The global automotive aluminum extrusion market has been segmented based on type, vehicle, aluminum grade, and region
  • Based on vehicle, the utility vehicle segment dominated the global automotive aluminum extrusion market owing to increase in demand for SUVs and MUVs from consumers. Among passenger vehicles, demand for compact vehicles has increased notably in the last five years and is becoming a key segment for automakers in the market due to its increasing demand.
  • Based on type, the sub-structure segment held a major share of the global automotive aluminum extrusion market. Rise in demand for lightweight vehicles prompts major vehicle manufacturers to prefer aluminum material for sub-structure, which in turn is anticipated to boost the automotive aluminum extrusion market across the globe.

Automotive Aluminum Extrusion Market: Regional Analysis

  • The global automotive aluminum extrusion market has been segregated into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa
  • Asia Pacific and Europe are projected to be highly lucrative markets during the forecast period. This is primarily due to the presence of prominent automotive industry in China, Germany, Japan, and India. Rise in demand for electric vehicles across Asia Pacific is likely to boost the automotive aluminum extrusion market in the region. Europe has presence of major OEMs and tier-1 suppliers who have advanced research and development facilities, which in turn is anticipated to boost the automotive aluminum extrusion market across Europe.

Automotive Aluminum Extrusion Market: Competition Landscape

  • Key players operating in the global automotive aluminum extrusion market include
    • BENTLER International
    • Bonnell Aluminum Extrusion Company
    • CAPALEX
    • Constellium SE
    • Innoval Technology
    • Kaiser Aluminum Corp 
    • KOBE STEEL Ltd.
    • Norsk Hydro ASA
    • Novelis Inc.
    • OmniMax International
    • ProfilGruppen Extrusions AB
    • SMS Schimmer
    • UACJ Automotive Whitehall Industries, Inc.
    • Walter Klein GmbH & Co. KG
  • Key players at the global level are expanding their footprint by engaging in mergers and acquisitions with several players in the industry. In April 2020, Novelis Inc. acquired Aleris Corporation, a global company that supplies rolled aluminum products. Consequently, Novelis is currently even better positioned to cater to the increasing customer demand for aluminum by expanding its innovative product portfolio. In March 2020, Novelis Inc. established a recycling system with one of its automotive customers in Lower Bavaria, Germany. The main objective of such recycling establishment is to reduce CO2 emission. Recycling aluminum produces 95% less greenhouse gas emissions as compared to primary aluminum. Thus, the new recycling model enables savings of around 120,000 tons (or 95%) of CO2 emissions.

Automotive Aluminum Extrusion Market – Scope of the Report

Transparency Market Research’s recent report on the automotive aluminum extrusion market, with the help of a comprehensive outlook, provides readers with an assessment of the global market landscape. This study on the automotive aluminum extrusion market analyzes the scenario for the period of 2019 to 2030, wherein, 2019 is the base year and 2018 and before is historical data. This report enables readers to make important decisions with regard to their business, with the help of a wealth of Information enclosed in the study.

This TMR study on the automotive aluminum extrusion market also provides data on the developments made by important players and stakeholders in the market, along with a competitive analysis. The report also provides an understanding of strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities, along with the trends and restraints in the market landscape. Presented in a clear sanctioned manner, this report on the automotive aluminum extrusion market gives readers an individual understanding of the market.

Key Questions Answered in This Report on Automotive Aluminum Extrusion Market

  • How much value will the automotive aluminum extrusion market generate by the end of the forecast period?
  • Which segment of the market is likely to have the maximum market share by 2030?
  • What are the impact factors and their effects on the market for automotive aluminum extrusion market?
  • What regions currently contribute the maximum share to the overall automotive aluminum extrusion market?
  • What are the indicators expected to drive the automotive aluminum extrusion market?
  • What region is likely to be a lucrative market during the forecast period?
  • What are the essential strategies by key stakeholders in the automotive aluminum extrusion market to expand their geographic presence?
  • What are the major advancements witnessed in the automotive aluminum extrusion market?
  • How regulatory norms affected the market for automotive aluminum extrusion market?

This report answers these questions and more about the automotive aluminum extrusion market, aiding major stakeholders and key players in making the right decisions and strategizing for the advancement of their business.

Automotive Aluminum Extrusion Market – Research Methodology

This TMR report on the automotive aluminum extrusion market is based on a complete and comprehensive evaluation of the market backed by secondary and primary sources. Market volume is determined by country wise model mapping of vehicle through internal & external proprietary databases, and relevant patent and regulatory databases. The competitive scenario of the automotive aluminum extrusion market is supported by an assessment of the different factors that influence the market on a minute and granular level. By thoroughly analyzing the historical data, current trends and announcement by the key players, researchers of the automotive aluminum extrusion market arrive at predictions and estimations, and calculate the forecast for the market.

This report uses an analytical triangulation method to estimate the numbers and figures of the automotive aluminum extrusion market, with both a bottom-up and top-down approach.

This detailed assessment of the automotive aluminum extrusion market, along with an overview of the landscape, is provided based on a careful examination of the avenues related to this industry. Analysts’ conclusions on how the automotive aluminum extrusion market is estimated to expand are based on carefully vetted primary and secondary sources.

Automotive Aluminum Extrusion Market – Segmentation

This report on the automotive aluminum extrusion market provides information on the basis of type, vehicle, aluminum grade, and region.

This study also discusses the underlying trends and impact of various factors that are driving the automotive aluminum extrusion market, along with their influence on the evolution of the market.

This study also offers Porter’s Five Point Analysis, value chain analysis, regulatory scenario, and a SWOT analysis of the automotive aluminum extrusion market in order to elaborate the crucial growth tactics and opportunities for market players contributing to the market.

Type

  • Sub-structures
  • Door Beam
  • Bumpers
  • Pillars
  • Sub Frames
  • Seat Back bar
  • Front Side Rail
  • Space Frames
  • Body Panels
  • Others

Vehicle

  • Minicompact (A Segment)
  • Supermini (B Segment)
  • Compact (C Segment)
  • Mid-size (D Segment)
  • Executive (E Segment)
  • Luxury (F Segment)
  • Utility Vehicles
  • Light Commercial Vehicles
  • Heavy Commercial Vehicles
  • Buses & Coaches

Aluminum Grade

  • 5000 Series
  • 6000 Series
  • 7000 Series
  • Others

Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Latin America

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