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Lightweight Automotive Materials Market in North America

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North American demand to exceed $30 billion in 2018

Demand for lightweight automotive materials in the North American (NA) light vehicle market is anticipated to reach 22 billion pounds in 2018, valued at more than $30 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 a nominal requirement of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Canada and Mexico have previously implemented standards aligned with US CAFE requirements, and are expected to do so going forward, as they seek to establish continent-wide regulations to ensure that their respective automotive industries remain competitive.

Lightweighting key to reach standards

Lightweighting represents a key strategy employed by automakers to comply with North America's footprint-based fuel economy standards. By 2018, total light vehicle weight is projected to fall to roughly 3,700 pounds from about 3,900 pounds per unit in 2013. Declines are expected to accelerate over the longer term, as the decline in average vehicle curb weight will coincide with the rising use of lightweight materials. These materials will expand their share of automotive material demand to 45 percent in 2023, up from just 20 percent in 2003, as automakers strive to meet 2025 standards.

Exterior/structural segment to exhibit best growth

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 75 percent of overall vehicle weight savings through 2023, with body and frame applications alone accounting for about half of average vehicle weight reduction levels. Interior applications are relatively mature and will see only limited growth going forward, as plastics have long been utilized in interior components, thus restricting opportunities for further weight reduction.

Aluminum, high-strength steel lead materials demand

Materials suppliers will increasingly collaborate with automakers to engineer lightweight components in an effort to achieve significant weight reduction without sacrificing strength, safety, and durability. Aluminum and high-strength steel represent the primary lightweight materials employed in this 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 many applications based on advantages such as enhanced design freedom. Demand for highperformance composites will rise rapidly from a small base due to their substantial weight savings potential, though high cost will remain an obstacle to growth.

Study coverage

Lightweight Automotive Materials in North America offers historical data (2003, 2008, 2013) plus forecasts (2018, 2023) for materials demand by product, application and country. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 43 competitors.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION x

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

General 4
Macroeconomic Outlook 5
United States 7
Canada 8
Mexico 10
Light Vehicle Outlook 12
United States 14
Canada 17
Mexico 19
Automotive Industry Trends 20
United States 22
Canada 24
Mexico 25
Environmental & Regulatory Issues 27
Fuel Economy & Emissions Standards 27
Recycling 30
Light Vehicle Weight Trends 32
Materials Technology 35
Competitive Fuel Economy Technologies 39
Pricing Trends 42
Foreign Trade & International Activity 45

III. OVERVIEW 49

General 49
Demand by Product 50
Demand by Country 53
United States 55
Canada 58
Mexico 60

IV. METALS 63

General 63
Aluminum 66
Engine & Mechanical 69
Exterior & Structural 71
Interior 75
Producers 76
High-Strength Steel 78
Exterior & Structural 81
Engine & Mechanical 84
Interior 86
Producers 87
Other Metals 90
Metal Powders 91
Magnesium 95

V. POLYMERS & COMPOSITES 100

General 100
Applications 102
Interior 102
Engine & Mechanical 105
Exterior & Structural 107
Products 109
Engineering Plastics 112
Nylon 115
Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene 117
Polycarbonate 119
High-Temperature Resins 122
Other Engineering Plastics 127
Polypropylene 131
Applications 132
Producers 134
Thermoplastic Elastomers 136
Applications & Types 138
Producers 141
Polyurethanes 143
Applications 144
Producers 146
Rubber 147
Applications 149
Producers 152
Composites 153
Conventional 155
High Performance 157
Other Polymers 162

VI. APPLICATIONS 165

General 165
Engine & Mechanical 168
Powertrain 171
Chassis 174
Other Engine & Mechanical 177
Exterior & Structural 178
Body Structure & Frame 181
Body Panels & Trim 184
Closures 187
Other Exterior & Structural 189
Interior 191
Seating 194
Door Modules 196
Instrument Panel 198
Other Interior 200

VII. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 202

General 202
Market Share 203
Mergers & Acquisitions 210
Competitive Strategies 213
Research & Development 214
Marketing & Distribution 217
Cooperative Agreements 219
Company Profiles 226
Advanced Composites, see Mitsui Chemicals
AK Steel Holding Corporation 227
Alcoa Incorporated 231
Aleris International Incorporated 234
Amber Composites, see Royal Ten Cate
ArcelorMittal SA 236
BASF SE 241
Bodine Aluminum, see Toyota Motor
Chrysler Group, see Fiat
Constellium, see Rio Tinto Group
Cosma International, see Magna International
Double Eagle Steel Coating, see United States Steel
Dow Chemical Company 246
DuPont (EI) de Nemours 250
DuPont Teijin Films US, see DuPont (EI) de Nemours and
Teijin
Exxon Mobil Corporation 254
Faurecia SA 256
Fiat SpA 260
Ford Motor Company 263
General Motors Company 265
GKN plc 269
Hindalco Industries Limited 274
Hoeganaes, see GKN
Honda Motor Company Limited 277
INEOS Group AG 280
Johnson Controls Incorporated 286
Kaiser Aluminum Corporation 290
Kobe Steel Limited 292
Kraton Performance Polymers Incorporated 295
LANXESS AG 297
Luxfer Holdings plc 301
LyondellBasell Industries NV 304
Magna International Incorporated 308
Magneti Marelli, see Fiat
Meridian Lightweight Technologies Incorporated 315
Mitsui Chemicals Incorporated 317
Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC 320
NanoSteel, see General Motors
Nichols Aluminum, see Aleris International
Norsk Hydro ASA 325
Novelis, see Hindalco Industries
Plasan Carbon Composites Incorporated 330
PolyOne Corporation 331
PRO-TEC Coating, see Kobe Steel & United States Steel
Rio Tinto Group 336
Royal Ten Cate NV 341
SABIC Innovative Plastics, see Saudi Basic Industries
Sapa, see Norsk Hydro
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation 345
Solvay SA 349
Styrolution Group, see BASF and INEOS Group
Styron, see Trinseo
Teijin Limited 353
Teknor Apex Company 359
Teksid, see Fiat
Toho Tenax, see Teijin Films
Toray Industries Incorporated 362
Toyota Motor Corporation 366
Trinseo SA 368
United States Steel Corporation 371
Washington Penn Plastic Company Incorporated 374
Zoltek Companies, see Toray Industries

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Summary Table 3
SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 North America: Macroeconomic Environment 6
2 United States: Macroeconomic Environment 8
3 Canada: Macroeconomic Environment 10
4 Mexico: Macroeconomic Environment 12
5 North America: Light Vehicle Overview 14
6 United States: Light Vehicle Overview 17
7 Canada: Light Vehicle Overview 18
8 Mexico: Light Vehicle Overview 20
9 Automotive Materials Demand in Light Vehicles 35
10 Lightweight Automotive Materials Pricing 45
SECTION III -- OVERVIEW
1 Lightweight Automotive Materials Demand by Product 52
2 North America: Lightweight Automotive Materials Demand
by Country 54
3 United States: Lightweight Automotive Materials Demand
by Product & Application 57
4 Canada: Lightweight Automotive Materials Demand
by Product & Application 59
5 Mexico: Lightweight Automotive Materials Demand
by Product & Application 62
SECTION IV -- METALS
1 Lightweight Automotive Metals Demand
by Product & Country 65
2 Automotive Aluminum Demand by Application & Country 69
3 Engine & Mechanical Applications for Automotive Aluminum 71
4 Exterior & Structural Applications for Automotive Aluminum 75
5 Interior Applications for Automotive Aluminum 76
6 Automotive High-Strength Steel Demand
by Application & Country 81
7 Exterior & Structural Applications for Automotive
High-Strength Steel 84
8 Engine & Mechanical Applications for Automotive
High-Strength Steel 86
9 Interior Applications for Automotive High-Strength Steel 87
10 Other Lightweight Automotive Metals Demand
by Type, Application, & Country 91
11 Automotive Metal Powders Demand by Application 95
12 Automotive Magnesium Demand by Application 99
SECTION V -- POLYMERS & COMPOSITES
1 Automotive Polymers & Composites Demand
by Application & Country 101
2 Interior Applications for Automotive Polymers & Composites 104
3 Engine & Mechanical Applications for Automotive
Polymers & Composites 107
4 Exterior & Structural Applications for Automotive
Polymers & Composites 109
5 Automotive Polymers & Composites Demand by Product 111
6 Automotive Engineering Plastics Demand by Type,
Application, & Country 114
7 Automotive Nylon Demand by Application 117
8 Automotive Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene Demand
by Application 119
9 Automotive Polycarbonate Demand by Application 122
10 Automotive High-Temperature Resins Demand
by Application 127
11 Other Automotive Engineering Plastics Demand
by Application 130
12 Automotive Polypropylene Demand
by Application & Country 132
13 Automotive Thermoplastic Elastomers Demand
by Application & Country 138
14 Automotive Polyurethanes Demand by Application & Country 144
15 Automotive Rubber Demand by Application & Country 149
16 Automotive Composites Demand
by Type, Application, & Country 155
17 Conventional Automotive Composites Demand
by Application 157
18 High-Performance Automotive Composites Demand
by Application 161
19 Other Automotive Polymers Demand
by Application & Country 164
SECTION VI -- APPLICATIONS
1 Lightweight Automotive Materials Demand by Application 167
2 Lightweight Engine & Mechanical Automotive
Materials Demand 170
3 Lightweight Powertrain Automotive Materials Demand 174
4 Lightweight Chassis Automotive Materials Demand 176
5 Other Lightweight Engine & Mechanical Automotive
Materials Demand 178
6 Lightweight Exterior & Structural Automotive
Materials Demand 180
7 Lightweight Body Structure & Frame Automotive
Materials Demand 184
8 Lightweight Body Panels & Trim Automotive
Materials Demand 186
9 Lightweight Closures Automotive Materials Demand 189
10 Other Lightweight Exterior & Structural Automotive
Materials Demand 191
11 Lightweight Interior Automotive Materials Demand 193
12 Lightweight Seating Automotive Materials Demand 196
13 Lightweight Door Module Automotive Materials Demand 197
14 Lightweight Instrument Panel Automotive Materials Demand 199
15 Other Lightweight Interior Automotive Materials Demand 201
SECTION VII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 North American Lightweight Automotive Materials Sales
by Company, 2013 204
2 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures 212
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 222

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 United States: Light Vehicle Production by Company, 2013 24
2 Canada: Light Vehicle Production by Company, 2013 25
3 Mexico: Light Vehicle Production by Company, 2013 27
SECTION III -- OVERVIEW
1 Lightweight Automotive Materials Demand by Product 53
2 North America: Lightweight Automotive Materials Demand
by Country 54
SECTION IV -- METALS
1 Lightweight Automotive Metals Demand by Product, 2013 66
SECTION V -- POLYMERS & COMPOSITES
1 Automotive Polymers & Composites Demand
by Product, 2013 112
SECTION VI -- APPLICATIONS
1 Growth in Demand for Lightweight Automotive Materials
by Application, 2013-2023 168
2 Share of Lightweight Materials in Engine & Mechanical
Applications, 2003-2023 171
3 Share of Lightweight Materials in Exterior & Structural
Applications, 2003-2023 181
4 Share of Lightweight Materials in Interior Applications,
2003-2023 194
SECTION VII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 North American Lightweight Automotive Materials
Market Share, 2013 206

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