Automotive Leaf Springs Market Report
The Automotive Leaf Spring Market is Segmented by Vehicle Type (Passenger Car, Light-Duty Commercial Vehicle, Medium- & Heavy-Duty Vehicle, and Others), by Spring Type (Parabolic Leaf Spring and Multi-Leaf Spring), by Material Type (Metal Leaf Springs and Composite Leaf Springs), by Location Type (Front Suspension and Rear Suspension), by Manufacturing Process Type (Shot Peening, HP-RTM, and Others), by End-User Type (OE and Aftermarket), and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World)
The Automotive Leaf Spring Market is Segmented by Vehicle Type (Passenger Car, Light-Duty Commercial Vehicle, Medium- & Heavy-Duty Vehicle, and Others), by Spring Type (Parabolic Leaf Spring and Multi-Leaf Spring), by Material Type...
Covid-19 has impacted the market dynamics, competition, and global supply chain. The revenues have gone down in 2020 and may resume an uptrend gradually from 2021. Companies optimizing their operation and strategy will sustain and beat the competition.
Note: The summary below might not have included insights on covid impact since we have large number of reports.
A leaf spring is a spring comprising leaves and is commonly used for suspension in the wheeled vehicles. It is a semi-elliptical arm consisting of one or more leaves which are strips of steel or other materials that are meant to flex under pressure yet maintain their original shape when not under pressure. Leaf springs are one of the oldest suspension components and are still being used in most of the LCVs and MHCVs. There is another type of spring called coil spring, which has a widespread usage in passenger cars.
Over a period of time, the automotive industry has witnessed a remarkable transition in the leaf spring technology, material, style, design, etc. There are countless styles of leaf-spring suspension available worldwide featuring different mounting points, shapes, and sizes. At the same time, there are a lot of R&D activities happening for the development of lightweight alternatives of heavier steel leaf springs. Composite leaf springs are the outcome of these activities, offering significant weight saving advantage over steel springs without sacrificing performance.
The next five years for the leaf spring market in the automotive industry seems attractive with significant growth opportunities in both, OE as well as aftermarket segments. The market for automotive leaf springs is set to reach an estimated value of US$ 5.8 billion in 2024, witnessing a healthy growth in the coming years. Several factors are bolstering the demand for leaf springs among which, rising production of LCVs and MHCVs is the biggest growth driver. Other noticeable driving factors are advancements in the leaf spring technology, such as parabolic leaf springs; greater demand for lightweight springs, especially composite leaf springs; and rising automotive fleet.
The major leaf spring manufacturers are strategically focusing on the development of advanced leaf springs in order to retain the leading position in this fiercely competitive market. For instance; metal leaf spring manufacturers are advancing their product portfolio by introducing parabolic springs, whereas composite leaf spring manufacturers are trying to develop composite leaf springs for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.
Weight reduction is one of the mega trends in the automotive industry. It can be achieved primarily through the introduction of better materials, design optimization, and better manufacturing processes. Selection of any material for an application is based on the relative cost as well as the strength of the material. There are several advanced materials available with light-weighting advantage. Composite materials are one of them with elastic strain energy, better fatigue resistance, and higher strength-to-weight ratio compared to steel. It provides significant weight reduction with adequate improvement in the mechanical properties and is one of the best replacement materials for conventional steel.