Wires and cables are indispensible components of the modern automotive industry. Wires and cables are used virtually in all applications in a vehicle. Engine, transmission, braking, lights, air conditioners, seat heaters and various dashboard applications such as speedometer and fuel meter, all require wires and cables to function. Cables are generally considered to be a collection of individually insulated wires in a twisted form, jacketed together. However, there are no clear demarcations where a wire transforms to cable in the automotive industry. An 8AWG is often considered a wire, whereas a 6AWG (larger cross-section) might be referred to as a cable. Applications of cables and wires in automotives have increased exponentially with time, with the advancement of new technologies and customer aspirations.
The automotive wire and cable materials market is directly influenced by the automotive demand. The market is driven by the high demand for personal vehicles and commercial vehicles in Asia Pacific market as well as the gradually reviving U.S. economy. Moreover new technologies and innovative applications in vehicles have lead to the utilization of more wire and cable materials per car. The U.S. government initiative to promote electric and hybrid vehicles is also expected to boost demand for automotive wire and cable materials as the consumption of wires is slightly more in a similar sized electric vehicle compared to a vehicle running on conventional petroleum fuel.
The automotive wire and cable materials could be segregated into PVC, XLPE, TPU, PPE and other materials such as silicone and EBR by product types. PVC and XLPE wire and cable insulation materials are the most used product types owing to their favorable physical characteristics and applicability over a wide temperature range. However some OEMs such as General Motors have phased out the usage of PVC materials in their cars due to the toxic effects of PVC and recyclability issues. Although PVC insulated wire and cable are still used, its popularity has decreased paving way for other insulating materials such as XLPE and PPE. Introduction and commercialization of bio based plasticizers for the manufacturing of PVC is an opportunity for PVC, as PVC manufactured using bio plasticizers are expected to be up to 40% less toxic than those manufactured using phthalates.
Asia Pacific is by far the largest consumer of automotive wire and cable materials in the world. The ever increasing demand for personal vehicles and commercial vehicles in Asia Pacific is due to the high GDP growth coupled with increasing purchasing power in countries such as China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia. North America is the second largest consumer of automotive wire and cable materials in the world followed by Europe. Although most of the reputed automotive manufacturers are Europe based, the demand for their vehicles is mostly generated from other geographies, particularly Asia Pacific.
The global automotive wire and cable materials market is highly consolidated with the top 5 companies accounting for over 60% market share. Most of the large players in this market are based in Asia and are expanding rapidly in this region to cater to the huge demand expected from this region. Some of the major companies dominating the market are Sumitomo Electric Industry, Yazaki Corporation, Leoni AG, Coficab Tunisie SA and Lear Corporation. Wire and cable manufacturers and wiring harness manufacturers are often different and occupy different positions in the value chain, however in most times the operations are integrated.
This report covers forecast and analysis for the automotive wire and cable materials market on a global and regional level. The study provides historic data of 2012 along with forecast from 2013 to 2019 based on both volumes (kilo tons) and revenue (USD million). The study includes drivers and restraints for the automotive wire and cable materials market along with their impact on demand during the forecast period. Additionally, the report includes the study of opportunities available in the automotive wire and cable materials market on the global and regional level.
In order to provide the users of this report with a comprehensive view of this market, we have included a detailed value chain analysis listing market players. An analysis of Porter’s Five Forces model has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein application segments are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate and general attractiveness.
The study provides a decisive view of the automotive wire and cable materials market by segmenting the market based on regions and applications. All the application segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends and the market has been estimated from 2013 to 2019. Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). This segmentation includes demand for individual applications in all the regions.
Market estimates for this study have been based on volumes, with revenues being derived through regional pricing trends. The price for commonly utilized grades of automotive wire and cable materials has been considered and customized product pricing has not been included. The market has been analyzed based on expected demand and the market data for each segment is based on demand volumes and corresponding revenues. Prices considered for calculation of revenue are average regional prices obtained through primary quotes from numerous regional suppliers, distributors and direct selling regional producers. We have considered prices of automotive wire and cable materials as per industry standard based on manufacturer feedback and application requirement. Market data is based on current information. Presence of a large number of domestic manufacturers in Asia Pacific may cause variation in forecast by a small margin. Forecasts have been based on expected demand from product segments, primarily PVC, XLPE, TPU, PPE and others. We have used the bottom-up approach to arrive at the global market considering individual product segments and integrating them to arrive at the global market. The product segments have been further bifurcated using the top-down approach to derive the regional product market consumption. The study covers automotive wire and cable manufacturers, as well as wiring harness manufacturers market taking into account the sales of registered companies in the market. We have not included unorganized sectors of the market due to lack of secondary or primary data on this segment. We have not considered inflation to estimate forecast for our market.
Several primary and secondary sources were consulted during the course of the study. Some of the secondary sources which were consulted were OICA, Infomine, The Plastic Exchange, and Polymers for Wire and Cable - Changes Within an Industry by Keith Cousins and Global Automotive Report 2013 among many others.
The report covers a detailed competitive outlook including market shares and company profiles of key participants operating in the global market. Key players profiled in the report include Leoni AG, Coficab Tunisie SA, Yazaki Corporation, Draka Holding N.V., and Sumitomo Electric Industry. Company profiles include attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategy, SWOT analysis and recent developments. The market has been segmented as below:
Automotive Wire and Cable Materials Market: Product Segment Analysis
The report provides a cross-sectional analysis of the above applications segments with respect to the following regions:
Automotive Wire and Cable Materials Market: Regional Analysis
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World