Automotive Relay Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Automotive Relay Market is Segmented by Type (PCB Relay and Plug-in Relay), Application Type (Locking System, Engine Management Module, Lamps/Lights, and Other Application Types (Power Window, Sunroof, ABS Control, etc.)), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World). The report offers market size and forecast for all the above segments in value (USD million).

Automotive Relay Industry Overview

Automotive Relay Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: 5.22 %

Major Players

Automotive Relay Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Automotive Relay Market Analysis

The automotive relay market is expected to register a CAGR of over 5.22% during the forecast period 2022-2027.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the automotive parts ecosystem owing to halted manufacturing of automobile units across the globe. The sluggish demand during the pandemic resulted in flattening the annual revenue curve of major relay manufacturers. However, after Q2 2021, the market has seen demand grow. In 2022, the market is expected to regain its growth and set new highs.

· The consistent rise in the demand for fuel-efficient vehicles and technological advancements in vehicle electronics are major driving factors for the growing demand for relays in automobiles.

· The demand for advanced relays with light-weight and high-performance characteristics is compelling manufacturers to invest in producing more solid-state relays, compared to traditional heavy electromechanical relays, owing to the growing demand for hybrid and electric vehicles in the region.

· The market for automotive relays is highly competitive due to the presence of both international and domestic relay suppliers in the region. The companies are investing heavily in R&D projects and launching new products.

Automotive Relay Industry Segments

A relay acts as a switch, and it is used to switch connections between different circuits. Relays consist of an electromagnet, wherein the input current causes the coil to generate a magnetic field, which causes the contacts to meet, and thus, the circuit is established. If the input voltage is insufficient, then the contacts may not come together due to the weak magnetic field. Among relay types, PCB relay and plug-in relay are the two major types of automotive relays that have been considered in the scope of this market report.

The automotive relay market is segmented by type (PCB relay and plug-in relay), application type (locking system, engine management module, lamps/lights, and other application types (power window, sunroof, ABS control, etc.)), and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World).

By Type
PCB Relay
Plug-in Relay
By Application Type
Locking System
Engine Management Module
Other Application Types (Power Window, Sunroof, ABS Control, etc.)
North America
Rest of North America
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
South Africa
Other Countries

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Automotive Relay Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Automotive Relay Market according to our research experts:

Plug-in Relay Segment to Witness Fast Growth

Currently, the demand for solid-state plug-in relays is growing, as they can handle high-rated currents (50A-80A) and operating voltages (less than 400V), similar to that of electromechanical type relays.

Apart from the longer service life of plug-in relays, their simple design structure and lightweight nature make them suitable as a close replacement for heavy electromechanical type relays.

A solid-state plug-in relay is deployed for various application fields of automobiles, such as electrically heated catalytic converters, fuel pumps, radiators fans, headlamps (low and high variations), defoggers, etc.

Moreover, plug-in relays are also available in three major operating characteristics with current-carrying capacities of 30A, 40A, and 70A. ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) controls are one of the prominent areas of applications for plug-in relays in the automotive market.

To meet the consistently growing demand for plug-in relays in automobiles, automotive electronics firms are focusing on manufacturing high-power and reliable relays for automotive applications.

Automotive Relay Market : Revenue Share (%), by Type, Global, 2021

Increasing Penetration of Automated Systems Driving the Adoption of Electronics in Automobiles Globally

The automotive industry is transitioning from hardware- to software-enabled vehicles, and the average software and electronics content per vehicle is increasing rapidly. The integration of new functions and features into the car is often enabled by electronics. Thus, there is increasing penetration of electronics into major application fields, including powertrain, safety management, body, and convenience or infotainment.

Both government involvement and consumers’ demand for greater automatic control of systems have resulted in the increased usage of electronics in vehicles. Electronics are offering new opportunities to improve energy efficiency and emission reduction as several functions can be consolidated into fewer and smaller electronic control super units, thereby reducing the weight. The high penetration rate of automobile electronics across all vehicle classes is being influenced by three major aspects, namely, productivity, quality, and innovation.

Efforts are being deployed in the automobile industry to transform consumers’ driving experience. Cars are becoming smarter and capable of conducting self-diagnostics. In the coming years, cars may be able to connect with each other effectively.

In addition, passenger safety is another factor driving the adoption of automated systems in automobiles. The installation of safety features and systems in vehicles has greatly aided in reducing the number of accidents and fatalities on the road over the past few decades.

With the increasing focus on autonomous vehicles and smart cars (with the ability to connect to each other, with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications) that can ensure safety and convenience to consumers, the demand for electronic systems in new cars has been increasing rapidly.

Newer generation automotive electronics that enhance the driver experience are witnessing mass adoption in mid-range and entry-level car segments and ease of availability through the aftermarket.

The rapidly growing use of electric components in the current and upcoming vehicles is consistently propelling the need for manufacturing reliable and standardized components for efficient, safe, and secure switching of electric loads. These factors are currently driving the market growth.

Automotive Relay Market : Growth Rate by Region (2022-2027)

Automotive Relay Market Competitor Analysis

The automotive relay market is dominated by companies, such as DENSO Corporation (ANDEN Co. Ltd), Panasonic Corporation, TE Connectivity, and Nidec Corporation.

ANDEN, part of DENSO Corporation, held approximately 22% market share in 2021, followed by Panasonic Corporation with 15% and TE Connectivity with 12%.

Automotive Relay Market Top Players

  1. DENSO Corporation

  2. Robert Bosch GmbH

  3. Fujitsu Ltd

  4. MITSUBA Corporation

  5. Panasonic Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Automotive Relay Market Concentration

Automotive Relay Market Recent Developments

In December 2021, TE Connectivity acquired narrow safety relay (NSR) technology from Phoenix Contact. After this technology acquisition, TE Connectivity will be involved in manufacturing and marketing NSR relays.

Automotive Relay Market Report - 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 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 PCB Relay

      2. 5.1.2 Plug-in Relay

    2. 5.2 By Application Type

      1. 5.2.1 Locking System

      2. 5.2.2 Engine Management Module

      3. 5.2.3 Lamps/Lights

      4. 5.2.4 Other Application Types (Power Window, Sunroof, ABS Control, etc.)

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. US

        2. Canada

        3. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. UK

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World

        1. Brazil

        2. South Africa

        3. Other Countries


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Robert Bosch GmbH

      2. 6.2.2 DENSO Corporation

      3. 6.2.3 Fujitsu Ltd

      4. 6.2.4 Panasonic Corporation

      5. 6.2.5 MITSUBA Corporation

      6. 6.2.6 TE Connectivity

      7. 6.2.7 Omron Corporation

      8. 6.2.8 Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.

      9. 6.2.9 Nidec Corporation


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Automotive Relay Market Research FAQs

The Automotive Relay Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Automotive Relay Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.22% over the next 5 years.

The Automotive Relay Market is valued at 12178 Million USD in 2018.

The Automotive Relay Market is valued at 15706 Million USD in 2028.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

DENSO Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH, Fujitsu Ltd, MITSUBA Corporation, Panasonic Corporation are the major companies operating in Automotive Relay Market.

Automotive Relay Industry Report

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