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Automotive Chromium Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Decorative Plating, Functional Plating), By End-use (Two Wheelers, Passenger Vehicles, Commercial Vehicles), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-722-3
  • Number of Pages: 75
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global automotive chromium market size was valued at USD 1.43 billion in 2015 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.93% over the forecast period on account of its increased use in passenger vehicles. This growth can be attributed to its superior corrosion and wear resistance properties. In addition, spurring sales of passenger vehicles will also contribute to the market growth across the globe.

The demand for decorative plating has been increasing in the automotive sector on account of its usage in coating various vehicle parts such as wheel covers, logos & emblems, door handles, interior & exterior trims, mirror housings, and others. The rising popularity of chrome has boosted the need for advanced production facilities and is expected to propel market growth over the next nine years. Growth in the market can also be attributed to the use of functional chromium which is mainly used in piston rods and piston rings. The rising demand for vehicles particularly in North America and Europe is expected to have a positive impact on the market.

Automotive Chromium Market size, by end-use

Decorative plating was estimated as the largest application segment and is expected to gain a significant share on account of the growing demand for chroming. Decorative chromium is applied over nickel or copper plating, since it adheres well to both, and the combined effect provides excellent corrosion protection. In addition, an increasing number of vehicles across regions is expected to fuel the market growth over the next nine years.

Increasing demand from the passenger vehicle segment on account of the easy availability of credit facilities is expected to fuel industry growth. This in turn is expected to increase the demand for chroming for various interior and exterior automobile components. Also, the chromium is widely used for various two-wheeler component as it improves the aesthetics and also possess properties such as corrosion resistance, and wear resistance.

The chromium plating process involves different steps which include degreasing, cleaning dirt & impurities, and different types of pretreatment varying according to the substrate material. However, stringent environmental regulations are expected to pose a challenge to the industry growth over the next nine years.

Automotive Chromium Market Trends

Decorative chrome plating has witnessed a widescale application in the automobile sector. It is extensively used for coating door handles, mirror housing, wheel covers, body trims, and logos. Moreover, chromium also shows a broad application in the two-wheelers segment owing to its ability to enhance the aesthetics of the vehicle, and its excellent weather resistance properties. Global sales in the motorcycle industry reached 58.5 million in 2021, showcasing a recovery of 8.4% from 2020. The increasing demand for personal vehicles is likely to boost the market demand during the forecast period.

Government initiatives to grant consumers ease of access to credit facilities have propelled the demand for automobiles. For instance, in March 2022, according to the Federal Reserve System, consumer credit surged at a rate of 14% annually. The aforementioned factor has fueled the market growth.

Furthermore, functional chromium is widely utilized in the manufacturing of piston rings and rods. According to European Automobile Manufacturers Association, global motor vehicle production accounted for 79.1 million in 2021, with significant growth over the previous year’s production. Increasing automobile demand is anticipated to drive the market during the estimated years.

Chromium pollution is severely impacting natural resources such as soil and water. Besides, excessive exposure to chromium has raised various health concerns. Moreover, strict environmental regulations along with various remediation technologies are anticipated to limit the market growth.

Application insights

Decorative chromium was the largest application segment accounting for over 69% of the global market in 2015. This type of plating is usually applied in the range of 0.1 - 2.0 μm, and hence is used mostly for plating exterior automotive components. The properties such as abrasion and stain resistance are expected to fuel the demand for this application over the forecast period.

Automotive Chromium Market revenue, by application

The decorative chromium market in North America was estimated at over USD 440 million in 2015. It is widely used in two-wheeler and passenger vehicle components in this region. The two-wheeler components on which plating is applied include swing arm, wheels, timing cover, frame, kickstand, handlebar hardware, headlight, taillight hardware, nuts & bolts, fork legs, and similar other exterior components. The growth in the two-wheeler industry is expected to have a positive impact on the market. The demand for functional chrome plating is mainly driven by the growth in the commercial and passenger vehicle industry. Increased demand from commercial vehicles on account of factors such as high strength and improved processes is expected to have a positive impact on the market over the next nine years.

Regional insights

Germany and UK cumulatively accounted for over 35% of the Europe market in 2015 on account of rising automotive vehicle production in this region. These countries are engaged in manufacturing passenger and commercial vehicles on a large scale. The innovative use of chromium to provide quality components as per the industry requirement is expected to have a positive impact on the market over the next nine years.

Automotive Chromium Market Trends by Region

Demand in the Asia Pacific was valued at USD 343.5 million in 2015 and is expected to remain the second-largest market during the period from 2016 to 2025. This growth can be attributed to the shift of production facilities in emerging markets such as China and India owing to the lower operational expenditure as compared to that in developed regions. This in turn would result in substantial demand for chrome plating in the Asia Pacific over the next nine years.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Key players in the industry include Macdermid Enthone Inc., Kakihara Industries Co., Ltd., Sarrel, and MVC Holdings, LLC. Intense competition has made companies focus on the affordable pricing structure and product quality differentiation. Hence, companies have been investing in research and development to maintain market share along with a focus on sustainable growth.

Recent Developments

  • On May 04, 2022, Atotech and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories announced a partnership at the state-of-the-art facility which is currently under construction in the United States (US)

  • On Sept. 26, 2019, Elsyca NV announced a collaboration with SAE International regarding the development of aerospace standards for the electropolishing of non-critical and critical metallic parts

  • Arlington Plating Company announced a collaboration with Enameled Steel and Midwestern Rust Proof in July 2020. This development brings Arlington Plating into a group of strong companies in the metal finishing industry

In March 2016, MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions officially became a member of global research and development organization High-Density Packaging (HDP) User Group, which addresses technical issues faced by the electronics packaging and assembly industry.

Automotive Chromium Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Revenue forecast in 2025

USD 2.54 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR 5.9% from 2016 to 2025

Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2016 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South & Central America, & Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., U.K., Germany, Italy, China, India, Japan, Brazil

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Customization scope

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Automotive Chromium Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the latest trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the automotive chromium market on the basis of application, end-use, and region.

Automotive Chromium Market Segmentation

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Decorative Plating

    • Functional Plating

  • End-Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Two Wheelers

    • Passenger Vehicles

    • Commercial Vehicles

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

    • Europe

      • The U.K.

      • Germany

      • Italy

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • South & Central America

      • Brazil

    • The Middle East and Africa

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