Automotive cleaners and degreasers are used to rapidly dissolve and remove grease, oil, and dirt from most steel, aluminum, magnesium, copper, rubber, plastic and concrete surfaces of the vehicle. The basic difference between a cleaner and a degreaser is that a cleaner is primarily utilized to clean the interior components of the vehicle, which are made of vinyl, rubber, plastic and very rarely external components such as tires. A degreaser is primarily employed to remove dirt and other contaminants from car components such as tires, the engine, or wheel wells.
Contamination of the engine by deposits of grease, sludge, or other combustion byproducts is likely to have an adverse effect on the overall engine performance and vehicle efficiency. Increasing demand for reduction in contamination of engine and other vehicle components by such deposits in order to ensure better and more efficient vehicle performance is expected to boost the automotive cleaner and degreaser aftermarket during the forecast period. The high adoption rate for preventive measures in terms of periodic maintenance service by consumers for ensuring vehicle efficiency is likely to further propel the cleaner and degreaser aftermarket in the near future.
Factors such as the rapid rise in the production volumes of both passenger as well as commercial vehicles and the increased average lifespan of vehicles are expected to further fuel the automotive cleaner and degreaser market during the forecast period. Increasingly stringent norms and regulations being laid down by governments regarding reduction of vehicular emissions are fuelling the need to keep the engine, motor and other functional components of the vehicle free from any kind of contamination. This, in turn, is anticipated to drive the automotive cleaner and degreaser aftermarket in the next few years.
Based on type, the automotive cleaner and degreaser aftermarket can be segmented into water-based and solvent-based. Solvent-based automotive cleaners and degreasers are likely to have adverse effects on the environment owing to the emission of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and other hazardous substances into the environment after prolonged usage. Stringent rules and regulations have been laid down by the governments of various nations across the world in order to restrict the usage of certain environmentally hazardous solvent-based cleaners and degreasers. The water-based automotive cleaner and degreaser segment is expected to dominate the automotive cleaner and degreaser aftermarket during the forecast period owing to its numerous advantages over solvent-based automotive cleaners and degreasers such as non-flammability, low toxicity, low or no VOC emissions, and non-hazardous shipping and storage.
Based on application, the automotive cleaner and degreaser aftermarket can be classified into cleaner (brake, carburetor, engine flush, catalytic converter, and others) and degreaser (engine, exhaust, transmission and others). The engine flush cleaner segment is likely to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period owing to the rising need to keep the engine free from contaminants and the ability of the engine flush cleaner to remove impurities and contaminants up to 25 microns. Low quantity of engine flush cleaner is required for several miles of distance travelled by the car, which provides the driver with a comparatively cost-effective solution for cleaning the engine. This is expected to provide lucrative opportunities for the engine flush cleaner sub-segment during the forecast period.
Based on the mode of availability, the automotive cleaner and degreaser aftermarket segment can be segregated into aerosol can, spray bottle, jug, pail, and drum. The aerosol can segment is expected to expand at a considerable growth rate during the forecast period owing to the ease of usability and minimum waste generation caused by the usage of aerosol cans as compared to other modes of availability.
Based on vehicle type, the automotive cleaner and degreaser aftermarket can be divided into passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles. The commercial vehicles segment can be further sub-segmented into light commercial vehicles (LCVs), heavy commercial vehicles (HCVs), and buses & coaches. The passenger vehicles segment is likely to expand at a significant growth rate during the forecast period owing to the increasing production volumes of passenger vehicles.
Based on geographical region, the automotive cleaner and degreaser aftermarket can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Among geographical regions, Europe leads the global automotive cleaner and degreaser aftermarket owing to the substantial demand for automotive engine degreasers in the region. . Asia Pacific is anticipated to be emerging market for automotive engine degreasers market and is likely to show greater demand in upcoming years owing to huge automotive market in few countries of Asia Pacific such as India, Japan and China.
Key players operating in the global automotive cleaner and degreaser aftermarket include 3M, WD-40 Company, The Dow Chemical Company, WURTH GROUP, Penray, and ABRO INDUSTRIES, INC.,
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