Automotive Air Filter Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The Automotive Air Filter Market is segmented by Type (Air Intake Filters and Cabin Air Filters), Vehicle Type (Passenger Vehicle and Commercial Vehicle), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

North America

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific


Greater Than 8 %

Major Players:

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Market Overview

The automotive air filter market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 8% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

  • The intake and cabin air filters are vital components of a vehicle. The intake air filter helps in the efficient working of the automobile’s engine. The poor performance of the air filter may result in inefficient functioning and lead to more emissions. The cabin air filter plays an equally important role in the automobile. It prevents harmful pollutants from entering the passenger cabin, and its performance has a direct relation to the passenger satisfaction and experience.
  • Air composition and quality widely vary across the world, and depend on environmental conditions soil, dust, road conditions, traffic, and construction. The properties of dust depend on the mineralogical composition, as well as the percentage of quartz and corundum in dust. These elements are extremely hard, and are capable of damaging engine parts. Quartz is prevalent across the world, and is considerable harder than most metals that are used in the manufacturing of automotive engines, therefore the air filter plays a crucial role in filtering quartz particles from the intake air. The air filter needs to effectively protect the engine against direct intake of abrasive particles and road dust.
  • The growing automotive market, especially cars sales, is majorly driving the air filter market. Consumers are becoming more aware about the importance of air filter for purified air and staying isolated in their passenger cabin from the atmosphere dirt. Thus, this leads to the growth of the market studied.

Scope of the Report

The automotive air filter market has been segmented by type, vehicle type, and geography.

Air Intake Filters
Cabin Air Filters
Vehicle Type
Passenger Vehicles
Commercial Vehicle
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
South America
Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Decline in Vehicle Sales Hampering the Air Filter Market Growth

In 2019, the global vehicle sales fell, owing mainly to a sharp contraction in automobile purchases in China in the second half of the year amid a government-led crackdown on non-bank lending. Sales in Western Europe also dropped sharply in the final months of 2018, owing to a shortage of qualifying vehicles under new emission test procedures introduced in the European Union in September, but still managed a slight increase for the year.

In 2018, Chinese vehicle sales fell for the first time in two decades, owing to a pronounced slowdown in economic activity, particularly in the latter half of the year. Total sales for the year was three percentage points below 2017’s record high, and recorded a sharp year-on-year decline of 14% in December. Several factors contributed to a weak sales performance in 2018. These include an increase in the tax rate applied on small vehicles, a government crackdown on excessive lending, and trade frictions with the United States.

New vehicle emission test rules, which entered into force in September 2018 in the EU led to a big swing in the sales in the second half of 2018, though automobile purchases in Western Europe, excluding the United Kingdom, managed to eke out a 0.3% increase in 2018. Based on the all aforementioned factors, the vehicle sales have been declining, which in turn, hampering the air filter market growth.

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Asia-Pacific is Expected to Lead the Air Filter Market

Asia-Pacific is anticipated to lead the air filter market over the forecast period. China, India, and Japan are the major economies in the regional market that are anticipated to influence the global industry, due to rising vehicle production. The European region is also likely to have a significant growth in the coming years. Earlier, it was one of the largest regional markets, in terms of revenue, owing to high product demand.

North America is witnessing strong demand for air filter, as the vehicle production is growing in the country, due to the presence of major companies, such as, Ford Motors Co., Chrysler, and General Motors. High disposable income and huge customer base are expected to fuel the demand for automobiles in the region, resulting in a steady growth of the market over the next few years.

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Competitive Landscape

The automotive air filter market is majorly dominated by ALCO Filters Ltd., Ashley Filters, DENSO Corporation, Cummins Inc., and Sogefi SpA, among others. The companies are expanding their presence by opening new plants and making existing air filters more advanced. For instance,

  • MANN+HUMMEL GmbH announced that the new MANN-FILTER C 24 005 air filter offers a new filter medium made from recycled synthetic fibers. The air filter achieves excellent filtration, owing to the multi-layer MICROGRADE A-S medium, and removes at least 99.5% of dirt particles in the range from 0.001 - 0.352 millimeters.
  • Donaldson Company opened its air filter manufacturing plant in Jesus Maria, Mexico. The company invested USD 26 million in the plant, and the plant has an output capacity of 20 million filters per year.

Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Air Intake Filters

      2. 5.1.2 Cabin Air Filters

    2. 5.2 Vehicle Type

      1. 5.2.1 Passenger Vehicles

      2. 5.2.2 Commercial Vehicle

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World

        1. South America

        2. Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 ACDelco Corporation (General Motors Company)

      2. 6.2.2 ALCO Filters Ltd.

      3. 6.2.3 Ashley Filters

      4. 6.2.4 Cummins Inc.

      5. 6.2.5 DENSO Corporation

      6. 6.2.6 Donaldson Company, Inc.

      7. 6.2.7 MAHLE GmbH

      8. 6.2.8 Mann + Hummel GmbH

      9. 6.2.9 Sogefi SpA

      10. 6.2.10 Spectrum Filtration Pvt. Ltd

      11. 6.2.11 Ahlstrom-Munksjö


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