EDANA estimates that automotive filters in just the European Union saves 2.6 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. They say that this savings just in filtration equals the reduction of 800,000 passenger cars on the road which is enough cars to line the length of over 87 marathons. And that’s just in Europe.
Nonwoven applications in automobiles are plentiful. But where is there room for growth?
- Location. It may be time for converters and manufacturers to start looking farther for markets. While the automotive markets in North America and Europe are by no means saturated, developing countries are ramping up. It’s a great time to get into the emerging markets. For example, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, the industry in India has had growth rates averaging from 6-10% over the last several years.
- Advanced technologies. Nonwovens are already used in seating, headliners, trunk liners, carpet, door panels, pillar covers, battery separators, tire reinforcement, electrical insulation, filtration and more. Where can these applications be improved? Can we make them stronger? Lighter?
- Upholstery. The drive (no pun intended) to obtain weight advantages in the automotive market is significant. Upholstery, which comprises a large proportion of vehicle interiors is a significant application to gain these weight advantages. New products and technologies in this portion of the market are almost certain to ensure that converters and manufacturers remain competitive in the market.
As long as we are always thinking about improvements, there is always room for growth in every nonwoven application. The automotive industry is no exception. And, with global sales of passenger vehicles at around 73.9 million in 2015, there is plenty of room in the market.
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