The automotive belts and hoses market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.49%, and the market size is close to USD 15.5 billion in 2017. The belts and hoses sector grows following the rise in demand for powertrains and other ancillary components. The stringency of emission control norms of EPA and CAFÉ has led to the improvements in exhaust and turbocharger hoses. Belts and hoses are responsible for the overall performance of the vehicle. Belts are an integral part of the engine’s powertrain system that transmits power from flywheel to the camshaft. Fuel efficiency is related with belts as they regulate the valve positioning. Drive belts and timing belts are two categories of belts. Hoses are flexible pipes that allow the transportation of fluids with varying pressures. Brake hoses, power steering hoses, and turbocharger hoses are a few types of hoses.
The rising global vehicle production drives the growth of the automotive belts and hoses market. In 2017 alone, some 73.5 million passenger cars and some 23.9 million commercial vehicles were produced worldwide. China, Japan, Germany, and India were the largest producers of passenger vehicles in 2017. Furthermore, passenger car sales are expected to continue to grow to about 81.6 million units in 2018 worldwide. Increasing adoption of turbochargers in vehicles and fuel efficiency trends also contribute to the growth of this market. The major restraint affecting the market is the shifting focus towards electric vehicles.
Source: OICA / Mordor Intelligence Analysis
The automotive belts and hoses market is segmented by belt application type (drive and timing), hose application type (brake, power steering, cooling and heating, turbochargers), sales channel (OEM’s, aftermarket), and geography (North America, South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Middle East & Africa). Based on the application of the hose, the automotive engine belt hose market can be classified into turbocharger, cooling/heating, fuel delivery, braking, and steering.
The increasing adoption of turbochargers, which needs hoses that can handle the temperature of the exhaust gases, used for increasing the fuel efficiency in the North American and Chinese markets, has resulted in an increasing demand for hoses. The adoption of electrically assisted power steering has also influenced the market for power steering hoses. The automobile electrically assisted power steering market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.73% during the forecast period 2015-2022. The use of blended fuels has resulted in research in fuel delivery systems, which use hoses extensively. EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are taking coordinated steps to enable the production of a new generation of clean vehicles, through reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improved fuel use from on-road vehicles and engines.
Based on material, the automotive engine belt hose market can be segregated into rubbers & elastomers, and fiber-reinforced plastics.
Major Players: ContiTech AG, Cooper Standard Holding Inc., Dayco, Goodyear Belts and Hoses, Robert Bosch GmbH, and Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd., amongst others
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