Automotive Axle Market Size, Share & Trend Report

Automotive Axle Market Size, Share & Trend Analysis Report By Type (Drive, Dead, Lift), By Application, By Vehicle Type (Passenger Cars, Light Commercial Vehicle, Heavy Commercial Vehicle), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Aug, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-484-0
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2015 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 184

Industry Insights

The global automotive axle market size was valued at USD 87,133.0 million in 2018 and is projected to register a CAGR of 4.1% over the forecast period. In terms of volume, the market size is expected to reach 423.0 million units by 2025. The growing consumer preference for hybrid vehicles featuring advanced technology is anticipated to boost the market growth over the forecast period. The commercialization of new technologies to reduce the overall vehicle weight and the growing automotive production across the world are also expected to drive the demand for automotive axle.

The demand for heavy commercial vehicles and long trailers is particularly significant in North America and Europe. A long trailer requires around 6-8 automotive axles to evenly distribute the overall load of the vehicle. As a result, any increase in the demand for long trailers over the forecast period is expected to directly translate into an increase in the demand for automotive axle. Moreover, automotive axle manufacturers have been focusing on striking strategic alliances with automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to expand their market share and this is anticipated to emerge as a key trend in the market for automotive axle over the forecast period.

U.S. automotive axle market

Consumer awareness regarding the need to cut down fuel consumption and reduce vehicular emission has led to considerable growth in the demand for hybrid vehicles. Hybrid vehicles are vehicles that are driven by multiple power sources. Hybrid vehicles can particularly enhance the driving experience while simultaneously reducing fuel consumption. The increasing demand for hybrid vehicles is expected to drive the demand for automotive axle market over the forecast period.

Regulatory bodies in several countries have laid down stringent regulations to limit vehicular emissions and enhance road safety. For instance, in some European countries as well as in China, strict rules have been imposed to encourage the use of hybrid vehicles to reduce the carbon footprint. Similarly, the Mass and Dimensional Regulation published by the European Economic Community (EEC) takes into consideration the issues associated with safe driving for heavy commercial vehicles. All such initiatives to encourage the use of hybrid vehicles are expected to subsequently encourage automotive axle manufacturers to develop innovative automotive axles suitable for hybrid vehicles.

The growing popularity of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles is another major factor that is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period. Autonomous cars, which are also known as self-driving cars, driverless cars, or robotic cars, are vehicles that can sense the environment surrounding them and move safely. They feature advanced technologies that allow them to operate with little or no human interference. The increasing demand for road freight transport, which is subsequently driving the demand for light and heavy commercial vehicles, is also expected to play a crucial role in driving the demand for automotive axle.

Type Insights

Based on type, the market has been further segmented into drive, dead, and lift. The drive axle segment held the largest market share in 2018 as automakers focused on delivering higher torque and optimizing the vehicle performance. However, the segment is estimated to register a minimal CAGR over the forecast period. The growing demand for all-wheel-drive vehicles would take a toll on the adoption of drive-type automotive axles.

On the other hand, the lift axle segment is anticipated to register a significant CAGR over the forecast. Lift axles are being increasingly used in heavy commercial vehicles. A lift-type automotive axle helps in reducing the operational costs, increasing the load-carrying capacity, and improving the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. According to the European Economic Community’s Mass and Dimensional Regulation, the determined load carried by each automotive axle is limited and the suitable liftable automotive axles should be dropped automatically to obtain an adequate load distribution.

Application Insights

The rear application segment dominated the market in 2018 and accounted for a market share of 56.0% in terms of volume. However, the segment’s volume market size is expected to plummet considerably over the forecast period. The anticipated decline in the segment’s volume market share can be attributed to the increasing demand for front-wheel-drive vehicles. The fact that the production process of a rear automotive axle relies on the specific vehicle type is also expected to restrain the demand for rear automotive axle over the forecast period.

However, the front application segment is expected to exhibit a significant CAGR over the forecast period owing to the increasing demand for all-wheel-drive vehicles. The common forms of all-wheel-drive are four-wheel-drive (4WD), six-wheel-drive (6WD), and eight-wheel-drive (8WD). 4WD offers the advantages of rear-wheel drive as well as front-wheel drive. One of the primary benefits offered by 4WD is the better traction performance on dry road surfaces and in severe weather conditions. The rising popularity of all-wheel-drive vehicles is expected to encourage automotive axle manufacturers to develop an automotive axle suitable for all-wheel-drive vehicles.

Vehicle Type Insights

The passenger car segment dominated the automotive axle market in 2018 and accounted for a 66.0% revenue share. The passenger car segment has been a dominant segment owing to the increasing production of automobiles across emerging economies, such as South Africa, Indonesia, India, and Mexico. The automotive industry has witnessed an average growth of more than 3% over the past five years owing to the growing consumer preference for hybrid and luxury vehicles featuring advanced technologies. The increasing production of all-wheel-drive vehicles is expected to encourage automotive axle manufacturers to introduce latest automotive axles for hybrid and luxury passenger cars.

Global automotive axle market

The heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) segment is estimated to register a considerable CAGR of 4.2% over the forecast period. The increasing production of heavy commercial vehicles, particularly across North America and Europe, is expected to drive the segment growth. The increasing use of lift-type automotive axles on heavy commercial vehicles is another factor that bodes well for the growth of the segment. A lift-type automotive axle can benefit in the form of better fuel efficiency and reduced vehicle maintenance costs.

Regional Insights

The Asia Pacific region dominated the market in 2018 and accounted for a 60.4% revenue share of the global market. The growing population and the rising levels of disposable income in the region are driving the sales of automobiles and hence the demand for automotive axle. The rapid growth of China’s automotive industry is particularly driving the demand for automotive axles and is subsequently opening lucrative opportunities for automotive axle manufacturers in the country. Prominent automotive axle manufacturers, such as Hyundai Transys, Inc. and Korea Flange Co. Ltd., among others, are active in the Asia Pacific regional market.

North America is expected to register a CAGR of 3.5% over the forecast period owing to the increasing demand for luxury cars in the region. The U.S. held a major share in the North America market for automotive axles in 2018. Around 2.80 million passenger vehicles and 8.52 million commercial vehicles were manufactured in the U.S. in 2018. Although the country has been confronting a continuous decline in passenger car production since 2015, the increasing production of light commercial vehicles and heavy commercial vehicles has been compensating this decline.

Automotive Axle Market Share Insights

The key players in the market include Dana Incorporated; ZF Friedrichshafen AG; American Axle & Manufacturing Inc.; Daimler AG; and Melrose Industries PLC; among others. These companies accounted for a significant share of the global market in 2018. Automotive axle manufacturers are signing collaborative agreements and striking alliances with automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to strengthen their foothold in the market. For instance, in January 2018, American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. partnered with Drexler Automotive GmbH to incorporate high-performance differential and differentials technologies into SUVs, passenger cars, crossovers, and light trucks.

The growing popularity of autonomous and hybrid vehicles and the increasing awareness about vehicle safety are some of the crucial factors that are opening growth opportunities for automotive axle manufacturers. The growing demand for comfortable and safer automobile functions has also triggered the demand for technologically-advanced automotive axles. As such, companies are aggressively investing in research and development activities to develop highly advanced automotive axles and defend their position in the market. For instance, in September 2018, Dana Incorporated launched the new Spicer 175 series single drive axles ideal for North American linehaul trucks and European heavy-duty vehicles.

Report Scope

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Details

Base year for estimation

2018

Actual estimates/Historical data

2015 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD million, Volume in Thousand Units, and CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Rest of World

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, U.K., France, China, India, Japan, South Korea

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Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2015 to 2025. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global automotive axle market report on the basis of type, application, vehicle type, and region:

  • Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • Drive

    • Dead

    • Lift

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • Front

    • Rear

  • Vehicle Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • Passenger Car

    • Light Commercial Vehicle

    • Heavy Commercial Vehicle

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • South Korea

    • Rest of the World

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