The automotive coated fabric is a fabric that is covered, treated or coated with an additional supplement in order to increase its strength and boost resistance against external weathering elements or contaminants. It is also used in a vehicle to enhance the feel and appearance of the vehicle’s interior. The materials used to process or coat the fabric include plastics, varnish or oil finishes, resins, rubber, lacquer, and PVC. The automotive coated fabric used in vehicles is water resistant, rot-proof, anti-corrosive, oil-repellent, and UV resistant. The coated fiber should not only be strong and resilient, it should be odorless, safe, and comfortable. Moreover, it should not pose a hazard for the passengers and the driver. The driver and passengers can experience and feel the fiber, as they interact most (feel, touch, and sight) with the automotive coated fabric while traveling inside the vehicle. It is a major part of the vehicle that is used to improve the esthetic appearance of the vehicle. The coated fabric is used in various interior parts such as seating’s, door panel, and seatbelts.
The global automotive coated fabric comprises of various panels and parts that are manufactured of coated fiber and those panels or parts are focused on enhancing the driving experience by creating a comfortable atmosphere inside the vehicle. The automotive coated fabric is used to enhance safety of the driver and passengers as well. The overall feel of the automotive coated fabric depends on the quality, strength, resilience, design, ergonomics, and odor. The combination of all these aspects make the automotive coated fabric appears comfortable, safe, and seamless. The global automotive coated fabric is expected to expand more during the forecast period, due to an increase in the demand for automobiles in the global market and also a surge in safety concerns. The automotive coated fiber is light weight, which compliments the latest trend of manufacturing lightweight vehicles. This, in turn, is a key factor driving the demand for the automotive coated fiber. The level of competition is very high, and the cost of raw material along with the negative impact of these fabrics on the environment is also moderate, which can act as a major restraint for the automotive coated fabric market.
The global automotive coated fabric market can be segmented based on product, application, vehicle type, sales channel, and region. Based on product, the global market can be bifurcated into polymer-coated fabrics, rubber-coated fabrics, aramid, and others. Based on application, the automotive coated fabric can be classified into door panels, center consoles, instrument panels, airbags, and others. In terms of vehicle type, the automotive coated fabric market can be bifurcated into passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle. In terms of region the automotive coated fabric market can be segregated into Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America. The market in Asia Pacific is expected to expand at a high growth rate during the forecast period, due to an increase in the demand for vehicles and rise in per capita income of customers in the region. Furthermore, China and India are major producers of automobiles globally, which in turn is estimated to boost the automotive coated fabric market during the forecast period. Europe is also anticipated to be a major market for automotive coated fabric, as several OEMs having their presence in the region, and Europe accounts for a major share of the global production of automobiles. This, in turn, is projected to propel the automobile automotive coated fabric market in the region during the forecast period. In terms of sales channel, the market can be split into OEMs and aftermarket. The OEMs segment is likely to expand during the forecast period, owing to an increase in the demand for automobiles, which in turn is anticipated to offer significant opportunity to automotive coated fabric manufacturers during the forecast period.
Key players operating in the automotive coated fabric market include Graniteville Specialty Fabrics, Sioen Industries N.V., Isotex, Continental Ag, Mauritzon, Inc, Bo-Tex Sales Cor, Trelleborg AB, Takata Corporation, Saint-Gobain S.A, Spradling international, Lear Corporation, Omnova Solutions Adient Plc, and Sage Automotive Interiors Inc.
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