Lightweight Automotive Materials: North America

This report forecasts demand for lightweight automotive materials by the North American light vehicle market in pounds to 2018. Total demand is segmented in terms of aluminum, high-strength steel, other metals, engineering plastics, polypropylene, thermoplastic elastomers, and other polymers and composites. Total demand is also segmented by market as follows: engine and mechanical, exterior and structural, and interior.

To illustrate historical trends, total demand is provided at five-year intervals for 2003, 2008, and 2013; the various segments are reported for 2008 and 2013. An Industry Overview section defines products and markets, discusses market drivers and constraints, identifies substitute products when applicable, and provides pertinent background on environmental and regulatory issues, as well as geographic demand.

A Demand Forecasts section assesses the impact of key drivers and constraints on each product and market segment over the forecast period.

Further analysis includes an Industry Structure section, which surveys the supply base and profiles the leading suppliers competing to serve the North American market. A one-page, introductory Highlights section summarizes key findings from this 26-page report, and a Resources section lists contributing sources as well as resources available for further research.

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