Lightweight Automotive Materials in North America

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Lightweight automotive materials will significantly outpace gains in automotive materials overall, as increasingly strict fuel economy standards are mandated throughout North America.

Demand in North America to rise 5.2% annually

Demand for lightweight automotive materials in the North American light vehicle market is anticipated to rise 5.2 percent annually to 22.3 billion pounds in 2018, valued at $31.5 billion. Advances will significantly outpace gains in automotive materials overall, with regulatory pressure being the major force propelling growth. The current race to lighten the automobile is largely being driven by the increasingly strict fuel economy standards being adopted throughout North America. In August 2012, the US issued new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for model year 2017-2025 light-duty vehicles, with the nominal requirement of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Canada and Mexico have implemented standards aligned with US CAFE requirements in recent years and are expected to continue to do so going forward, seeking to establish continent-wide regulations to ensure that their respective automotive industries remain competitive.

Exterior, structural segment to be fastest growing use

Among applications, the best growth prospects are forecast for the exterior and structural segment, propelled by the ongoing development of lightweight materials suitable for use in structural applications and the substantial weight savings such materials can provide. In fact, this sector will account for nearly three-quarters of total average vehicle weight reduction through 2023, with body and frame applications alone accounting for about half. Interior applications are relatively mature and will see only limited growth going forward, as plastics have long been used in interior components, thus restricting opportunities for further weight reduction.

High-strength steel to be fastest growing material

Aluminum and high-strength steel represent the primary lightweight materials employed in the North American automotive market. Aluminum will enjoy rapid growth in exterior and structural applications, as automakers explore the adoption of this material in place of steel for body components such as closures and panels. High-strength steel is predicted to offer the best opportunities for growth based on its relatively low cost and the ongoing development of new grades that provide a combination of exceptional strength and formability, which will make it the material of choice for structure and frame applications. Engineering plastics will remain the leading polymer type through the forecast period, having successfully supplanted metals in a number of applications based on advantages such as their ability to enhance design freedom. Demand for high-performance composites will rise rapidly from a small base due to the materials’ substantial vehicle weight savings potential.

Study coverage

This study analyzes the 17.3 billion pound North American lightweight automotive materials industry. It presents historical demand data for 2003, 2008 and 2013, and forecasts for 2018 and 2023 by material (e.g., aluminum, high-strength steel, metal powders, magnesium, engineering plastics, polypropylene, thermoplastic elastomers, polyurethanes, rubber, composites) and application (e.g., engine and mechanical, exterior and structural, interior).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 41 industry competitors, including Alcoa, Aleris International and SABIC Innovative Plastics.

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  1. Lightweight Automotive Materials in North America

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    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $141.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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      1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

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      1. 3.1 General

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      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Outlook

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        1. Table | NORTH AMERICA: MACROECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT

        2. 3.2.1 United States

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          1. Table | UNITED STATES: MACROECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT

        3. 3.2.2 Canada

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          1. Table | CANADA: MACROECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT

        4. 3.2.3 Mexico

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          1. Table | MEXICO: MACROECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT

      3. 3.3 Light Vehicle Outlook

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        1. Table | NORTH AMERICA: LIGHT VEHICLE OVERVIEW

        2. 3.3.1 United States

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          1. Table | UNITED STATES: LIGHT VEHICLE OVERVIEW

        3. 3.3.2 Canada

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          1. Table | CANADA: LIGHT VEHICLE OVERVIEW

        4. 3.3.3 Mexico

          $82.00

          1. Table | MEXICO: LIGHT VEHICLE OVERVIEW

      4. 3.4 Automotive Industry Trends

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        1. 3.4.1 United States

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          1. CHART II-1 UNITED STATES: LIGHT VEHICLE PRODUCTION BY COMPANY, 2013

        2. 3.4.2 Canada

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          1. CHART II-2 CANADA: LIGHT VEHICLE PRODUCTION BY COMPANY, 2013

        3. 3.4.3 Mexico

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          1. CHART II-3 MEXICO: LIGHT VEHICLE PRODUCTION BY COMPANY, 2013

      5. 3.5 Environmental & Regulatory Issues

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        1. 3.5.1 Fuel Economy & Emissions Standards

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        2. 3.5.2 Recycling

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      6. 3.6 Light Vehicle Weight Trends

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        1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND IN LIGHT VEHICLES

      7. 3.7 Materials Technology

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      8. 3.8 Competitive Fuel Economy Technologies

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      9. 3.9 Pricing Trends

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        1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS PRICING

      10. 3.10 Foreign Trade & International Activity

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    4. 4 OVERVIEW

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      1. 4.1 General

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      2. 4.2 Demand by Product

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        1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND BY PRODUCT

        2. CHART III-1 LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND BY PRODUCT, 2003-2023

      3. 4.3 Demand by Country

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        1. Table | NORTH AMERICA: LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND BY COUNTRY

        2. CHART III-2 NORTH AMERICA: LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2013

        3. 4.3.1 United States

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          1. Table | UNITED STATES: LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND BY PRODUCT & APPLICATION

        4. 4.3.2 Canada

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          1. Table | CANADA: LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND BY PRODUCT & APPLICATION

        5. 4.3.3 Mexico

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          1. Table | MEXICO: LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND BY PRODUCT & APPLICATION

    5. 5 METALS

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      1. 5.1 General

        $96.00

        1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE METALS DEMAND BY PRODUCT & COUNTRY

        2. CHART IV-1 LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE METALS DEMAND BY PRODUCT, 2013

      2. 5.2 Aluminum

        $413.00

        1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE ALUMINUM DEMAND BY APPLICATION & COUNTRY

        2. 5.2.1 Engine & Mechanical

          $82.00

          1. Table | ENGINE & MECHANICAL APPLICATIONS FOR AUTOMOTIVE ALUMINUM

        3. 5.2.2 Exterior & Structural

          $150.00

          1. Table | EXTERIOR & STRUCTURAL APPLICATIONS FOR AUTOMOTIVE ALUMINUM

        4. 5.2.3 Interior

          $82.00

          1. Table | INTERIOR APPLICATIONS FOR AUTOMOTIVE ALUMINUM

        5. 5.2.4 Producers

          $82.00

      3. 5.3 High-Strength Steel

        $388.00

        1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL DEMAND BY APPLICATION & COUNTRY

        2. 5.3.1 Exterior & Structural

          $91.00

          1. Table | EXTERIOR & STRUCTURAL APPLICATIONS FOR AUTOMOTIVE HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL

        3. 5.3.2 Engine & Mechanical

          $82.00

          1. Table | ENGINE & MECHANICAL APPLICATIONS FOR AUTOMOTIVE HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL

        4. 5.3.3 Interior

          $82.00

          1. Table | INTERIOR APPLICATIONS FOR AUTOMOTIVE HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL

        5. 5.3.4 Producers

          $82.00

      4. 5.4 Other Metals

        $322.00

        1. Table | OTHER LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE METALS DEMAND BY TYPE, APPLICATION, &COUNTRY

        2. 5.4.1 Metal Powders

          $132.00

          1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE METAL POWDERS DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        3. 5.4.2 Magnesium

          $160.00

          1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE MAGNESIUM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

    6. 6 POLYMERS & COMPOSITES

      $2,309.00

      1. 6.1 General

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        1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE POLYMERS & COMPOSITES DEMAND BY APPLICATION & COUNTRY

      2. 6.2 Applications

        $246.00

        1. 6.2.1 Interior

          $88.00

          1. Table | INTERIOR APPLICATIONS FOR AUTOMOTIVE POLYMERS & COMPOSITES

        2. 6.2.2 Engine & Mechanical

          $82.00

          1. Table | ENGINE & MECHANICAL APPLICATIONS FOR AUTOMOTIVE POLYMERS & COMPOSITES

        3. 6.2.3 Exterior & Structural

          $82.00

          1. Table | EXTERIOR & STRUCTURAL APPLICATIONS FOR AUTOMOTIVE POLYMERS & COMPOSITES

      3. 6.3 Products

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        1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE POLYMERS & COMPOSITES DEMAND BY PRODUCT

        2. CHART V-1 AUTOMOTIVE POLYMERS & COMPOSITES DEMAND BY PRODUCT, 2013

        3. 6.3.1 Engineering Plastics

          $696.00

          1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING PLASTICS DEMAND BY TYPE, APPLICATION, &COUNTRY

          2. Table | AUTOMOTIVE NYLON DEMAND BY APPLICATION

          3. Table | AUTOMOTIVE ACRYLONITRILE-BUTADIENE-STYRENE DEMAND BY APPLICATION

          4. Table | AUTOMOTIVE POLYCARBONATE DEMAND BY APPLICATION

          5. Table | AUTOMOTIVE HIGH-TEMPERATURE RESINS DEMAND BY APPLICATION

          6. Table | OTHER AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING PLASTICS DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        4. 6.3.2 Polypropylene

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          1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND BY APPLICATION & COUNTRY

        5. 6.3.3 Thermoplastic Elastomers

          $259.00

          1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERS DEMAND BY APPLICATION & COUNTRY

        6. 6.3.4 Polyurethanes

          $168.00

          1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE POLYURETHANES DEMAND BY APPLICATION & COUNTRY

        7. 6.3.5 Rubber

          $219.00

          1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE RUBBER DEMAND BY APPLICATION & COUNTRY

        8. 6.3.6 Composites

          $306.00

          1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITES DEMAND BY TYPE, APPLICATION, &COUNTRY

          2. Table | CONVENTIONAL AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITES DEMAND BY APPLICATION

          3. Table | HIGH-PERFORMANCE AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITES DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        9. 6.3.7 Other Polymers

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          1. Table | OTHER AUTOMOTIVE POLYMERS DEMAND BY APPLICATION & COUNTRY

    7. 7 APPLICATIONS

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      1. 7.1 General

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        1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        2. CHART VI-1 GROWTH IN DEMAND FOR LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS BY APPLICATION, 2013-2023

      2. 7.2 Engine & Mechanical

        $276.00

        1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT ENGINE & MECHANICAL AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

        2. CHART VI-2 SHARE OF LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS IN ENGINE & MECHANICAL APPLICATIONS, 2003-2023

        3. 7.2.1 Powertrain

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          1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT POWERTRAIN AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

        4. 7.2.2 Chassis

          $82.00

          1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT CHASSIS AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

        5. 7.2.3 Other Engine & Mechanical

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER LIGHTWEIGHT ENGINE & MECHANICAL AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

      3. 7.3 Exterior & Structural

        $422.00

        1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT EXTERIOR & STRUCTURAL AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

        2. CHART VI-3 SHARE OF LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS IN EXTERIOR & STRUCTURAL APPLICATIONS, 2003-2023

        3. 7.3.1 Body Structure & Frame

          $125.00

          1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT BODY STRUCTURE & FRAME AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

        4. 7.3.2 Body Panels & Trim

          $82.00

          1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT BODY PANELS & TRIM AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

        5. 7.3.3 Closures

          $85.00

          1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT CLOSURES AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

        6. 7.3.4 Other Exterior & Structural

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER LIGHTWEIGHT EXTERIOR & STRUCTURAL AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

      4. 7.4 Interior

        $289.00

        1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT INTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

        2. CHART VI-4 SHARE OF LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS IN INTERIOR APPLICATIONS, 2003-2023

        3. 7.4.1 Seating

          $82.00

          1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT SEATING AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

        4. 7.4.2 Door Modules

          $82.00

          1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT DOOR MODULE AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

        5. 7.4.3 Instrument Panel

          $82.00

          1. Table | LIGHTWEIGHT INSTRUMENT PANEL AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

        6. 7.4.4 Other Interior

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER LIGHTWEIGHT INTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS DEMAND

    8. 8 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

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      1. 8.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 8.2 Market Share

        $216.00

        1. Table | NORTH AMERICAN LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS SALES BY COMPANY, 2013

        2. CHART VII-1 NORTH AMERICAN LIGHTWEIGHT AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS MARKET SHARE, 2013

      3. 8.3 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $105.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      4. 8.4 Competitive Strategies

        $82.00

      5. 8.5 Research & Development

        $99.00

      6. 8.6 Marketing & Distribution

        $107.00

      7. 8.7 Cooperative Agreements

        $150.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      8. 8.8 Company Profiles

        $5,132.00

        1. 8.8.1 AK Steel Holding Corporation

          $185.00

        2. 8.8.2 Alcoa Incorporated

          $146.00

        3. 8.8.3 Aleris International Incorporated

          $102.00

        4. 8.8.4 ArcelorMittal SA

          $232.00

        5. 8.8.5 BASF SE

          $252.00

        6. 8.8.6 Dow Chemical Company

          $165.00

        7. 8.8.7 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $194.00

        8. 8.8.8 Exxon Mobil Corporation

          $104.00

        9. 8.8.9 Faurecia SA

          $135.00

        10. 8.8.10 Fiat SpA

          $154.00

        11. 8.8.11 Ford Motor Company

          $82.00

        12. 8.8.12 General Motors Company

          $184.00

        13. 8.8.13 GKN plc

          $239.00

        14. 8.8.14 Hindalco Industries Limited

          $143.00

        15. 8.8.15 Honda Motor Company Limited

          $126.00

        16. 8.8.16 INEOS Group AG

          $298.00

        17. 8.8.17 Johnson Controls Incorporated

          $224.00

        18. 8.8.18 Kaiser Aluminum Corporation

          $82.00

        19. 8.8.19 Kobe Steel Limited

          $125.00

        20. 8.8.20 Kraton Performance Polymers Incorporated

          $97.00

        21. 8.8.21 LANXESS AG

          $174.00

        22. 8.8.22 Luxfer Holdings plc

          $104.00

        23. 8.8.23 LyondellBasell Industries NV

          $168.00

        24. 8.8.24 Magna International Incorporated

          $334.00

        25. 8.8.25 Meridian Lightweight Technologies Incorporated

          $82.00

        26. 8.8.26 Mitsui Chemicals Incorporated

          $143.00

        27. 8.8.27 Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC

          $206.00

        28. 8.8.28 Norsk Hydro ASA

          $222.00

        29. 8.8.29 Plasan Carbon Composites Incorporated

          $82.00

        30. 8.8.30 PolyOne Corporation

          $257.00

        31. 8.8.31 Rio Tinto Group

          $198.00

        32. 8.8.32 Royal Ten Cate NV

          $155.00

        33. 8.8.33 Saudi Basic Industries Corporation

          $177.00

        34. 8.8.34 Solvay SA

          $185.00

        35. 8.8.35 Teijin Limited

          $261.00

        36. 8.8.36 Teknor Apex Company

          $107.00

        37. 8.8.37 Toray Industries Incorporated

          $199.00

        38. 8.8.38 Toyota Motor Corporation

          $86.00

        39. 8.8.39 Trinseo SA

          $125.00

        40. 8.8.40 United States Steel Corporation

          $137.00

        41. 8.8.41 Washington Penn Plastic Company Incorporated

          $82.00

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