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The global bead wire market size is expected to reach US$ 1.60 billion by 2030, from US$ 1.24 billion in 2023, growing at a CAGR of 3.7% during the forecast period.

Bead wire is a high carbon steel wire product that is formulated into circular cross-sections. It is widely used in a variety of applications and products including tires, hose wire, rubber tracks, mechanical rubber goods such as mountings and couplings, and other industrial rubber products. The key advantage of bead wire is that it reinforces stability and provides effective shaping to rubber and tires.

The growth in the bead wire market is driven by the expanding automotive industry and increasing demand for replacement tires globally. The market is also driven by the robust growth in construction and mining activities that utilize off-the-road (OTR) tires integrated with bead wires.

Bead Wire Market Regional Insights

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for the bead wire market during the forecast period, accounting for over 40% of the market share in 2023. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to the well-established automotive and construction industries in the region.
  • The Asia Pacific market is expected to be the second-largest market for the bead wire market, accounting for over 30% of the market share in 2023. The growth of the market in the region is attributed to the rapidly growing automotive production and expanding mining activities in countries like China and India.
  • The Europe market is expected to be the fastest-growing market for the bead wire market, with a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in Europe is attributed to the presence of major OEMs and increasing demand for high-performance tires. 

Figure 1. Global Bead Wire Market Share (%), by Region, 2023

 | Coherent Market Insights

Bead Wire Market Drivers

  • Increasing demand from tire manufacturing industry: The tire manufacturing industry is one of the major end-users of bead wire. The growing automotive industry and increasing vehicle production globally is driving the demand for tires. This in turn is surging the consumption of bead wire which is used to reinforce the tire bead. For instance, according to OICA, the global vehicle production increased from 95 million units in 2017 to 97 million units in 2018. The increasing replacement of old tires is another factor contributing to the rising demand for bead wire from tire
  • Growth of steel cord and tire bead industry: The steel cord and tire bead industry uses bead wire as a raw material. The thriving automotive sector globally especially in emerging economies is augmenting the growth of this industry. Moreover, the development of transportation infrastructure and increasing construction activities are boosting commercial vehicle sales, which is driving the production of heavy duty tires. This is anticipated to propel the consumption of bead wire.
  • Surging demand from Asia Pacific: Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing as well as largest market for bead wire. This is attributed to the tremendous growth in automotive industry in the emerging economies such as China, India, Thailand and Indonesia. Additionally, the growing purchasing power of consumers in this region is resulting in increased automobile ownership. This is anticipated to drive the bead wire market growth during the forecast period.
  • Technological advancements: The bead wire manufacturers are adopting technologies such as automation and robotics to increase production efficiency and reduce costs. Other technological advancements such as development of high tensile bead wire is contributing to the market growth. Moreover, the integration of Industry 4.0 technologies is enabling real-time analysis and enhancing process flexibility. These advancements are expected to positively influence the bead wire market in the coming years.

Bead Wire Market Opportunities

  • Growing adoption of radial tires: The increasing shift from bias tires to radial tires across the globe is presenting lucrative opportunities for bead wire market. Radial tires require steel wire bead as reinforcement. Hence, the mounting production of radial tires especially in developing regions is expected to raise the product demand over the coming years.
  • Rising investment in R&D activities: The bead wire manufacturers are increasingly investing in R&D activities to develop innovative products catering to the evolving needs of end-use industries. For instance, Bekaert is involved in R&D to enhance wire drawing, coating and beading capabilities to improve fatigue life of bead wire. Thus, rising investment in R&D to improve product quality and performance is expected to open new avenues for the bead wire market.
  • Growth prospects in Middle East & Africa: The improving economic conditions and expanding transportation sector is driving the automotive sales in the Middle East & Africa region. Countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE and South Africa are witnessing a surge in vehicle production. This presents lucrative prospects for bead wire suppliers to capitalize on the growing tire production in this region.
  • Rising adoption in niche applications: Apart from tires, bead wires are finding application in niche areas such as conveyor belts, printing blankets, rubber tracks, rubber hoses and sleeves. The growth of these end-use industries owing to rapid industrialization and urbanization is anticipated to provide growth opportunities for bead wire manufacturers.

Bead Wire Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 1.24 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 to 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 3.7% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 1.60 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa:  GCC Countries, Israel,  South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Radial Tires, Bias Tires, Material Type, Diameter Type, Tensile Strength, Others
  • By Application: Automotive Tires, Off-The-Road (OTR) Tires, Industrial Rubber Products, Others
  • By End-use Industry: Automotive, Construction, Mining, Agriculture, Others
  • By Sales Channel: Direct Sales, Indirect Sales, E-commerce, Others
Companies covered:

Bekaert, Kiswire, Rajratan Global Wire, Shandong Daye, Snton Steel, ArcelorMittal, Hyosung, Tokusen Kogyo, Heico Wire Group, TATA Steel

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing demand from tire manufacturing industry
  • Growth of steel cord and tire bead industry
  • Surging demand from Asia Pacific
  • Technological advancements
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Volatility in raw material prices
  • Growing adoption of tubeless tires
  • Consolidation in tire industry

Bead Wire Market Trends

  • Development of eco-friendly manufacturing process: Sustainability has become indispensable in the bead wire industry due to the rising environmental concerns. As a result, many companies are adopting clean production technologies that use fewer chemicals and emit lesser effluents. For instance, Kiswire is using biodegradable oils for wire drawing to reduce environmental impact. These eco-friendly manufacturing processes are gaining importance as a key trend in the market.
  • Growing popularity of stainless steel bead wire: Conventionally galvanized steel wires were used for tire reinforcement. However, stainless steel bead wires are gaining popularity owing to their high corrosion resistance and longer service life. Moreover, stainless steel beads allow tires to run cooler, thereby improving fuel efficiency. Thus, many prominent tire manufacturers are shifting their preference to stainless steel beads.
  • Rising adoption of automation: Automation technologies are being rapidly adopted in the bead wire industry to optimize production processes. Automated drawing machines, bundling systems and spooling equipment help improve product quality and reduce labor costs. Additionally, technologies like IoT enable real-time monitoring and reduce downtime. The growing automation trend is thus revolutionizing manufacturing processes in the bead wire market.
  • Increasing online presence: Bead wire manufacturers are establishing a strong online presence to improve their customer outreach. Digital marketing enables companies to effectively engage with target audience across geographies. Moreover, web portals allow easy access to product information, training materials and online support. The growing online presence of bead wire suppliers is thus emerging as a key trend.

Bead Wire Market Restraints 

  • Volatility in raw material prices: Steel wire rods are the primary raw material used for producing bead wire. Fluctuations in steel prices owing to uncertain economic conditions negatively affect the profit margins of bead wire manufacturers. Additionally, the volatility in prices of other commodities like zinc also impact the production costs of galvanized bead wires. This results in restraining the growth of the bead wire market.
  • Growing adoption of tubeless tires: The increasing shift towards tubeless tires is acting as a major restraint for the bead wire market. Tubeless tires do not utilize metal bead wire for reinforcement. The key benefits of tubeless tires such as lower maintenance cost and improved fuel efficiency are driving their adoption. This is anticipated to hamper the demand growth for bead wire.
  • Consolidation in tire industry: The tire industry has been witnessing consolidation with a few large players acquiring smaller companies. The bargaining power of large tire manufacturers is compelling bead wire suppliers to reduce prices, thereby squeezing profit margins. Moreover, large OEMs are vertically integrating bead wire production. These factors are negatively impacting the growth of independent bead wire businesses.

 Recent Developments

New product launches

  • In January 2022, Bekaert launched its new bead wire product the Ultra Tensile Steel (UTS) bead wire which offers up to 14% higher tensile strength. This enhances durability and allows for lower tire weight.
  • In June 2021, Tokusen Kogyo Co. Ltd. launched its new and improved bead wire product called the TOK Maverick that ensures high corrosion resistance and flex fatigue strength.
  • In September 2020, Rajratan Global Wire Ltd. launched its innovative two-layer brass coated bead wire called Raj Bead-EX which improves corrosion resistance and enhances the life of tires.

 Acquisition and partnerships

  • In December 2021, Bekaert acquired 55% stake in Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group (BBRG) to expand its position in mining tires and industrial ropes market globally.
  • In March 2020, ArcelorMittal partnered with Tata Steel to combine their European steel operations. This improved production capabilities for bead wire and tire cord products.
  • In June 2018, Heico Wire Group acquired Colonial Wire LLC, a manufacturer of tire bead wire. This expanded Heico's capabilities and geographic reach.

Figure 2. Global Bead Wire Market Share (%), by Application, 2023

 | Coherent Market Insights

Top companies in Bead Wire Market

  • Bekaert
  • Kiswire
  • Rajratan Global Wire
  • Shandong Daye
  • Snton Steel
  • ArcelorMittal
  • Hyosung
  • Tokusen Kogyo
  • Heico Wire Group
  • TATA Steel

*Definition: Bead wire is a high tensile steel wire that is shaped into circular cross-sections and integrated into the bead heel and toe area of tires and rubber products. It provides reinforcement and effective contour shaping. Bead wires are widely used in manufacturing of tires for applications such as automotive, bicycles, aircraft, construction and mining vehicles, agricultural equipment as well as industrial rubber goods like couplings and mountings. With the growth in automobile production and expansion of construction industry, the demand for bead wires has increased significantly over the years globally.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Volatility in steel prices, high competitive rivalry, declining automotive sales in some regions, fluctuations in commodity prices, availability of alternatives, and stringent environmental regulations on tire production.

Growing automotive production and sales, rising demand for replacement tires, expansion of construction industry, increasing mining activities, development of tire and rubber industry, and advancements in bead wire products.

The radial tires segment leads the market owing to increasing adoption of radial tires globally.

Bekaert, Kiswire, Rajratan Global Wire, Shandong Daye, Snton Steel, ArcelorMittal, Hyosung, Tokusen Kogyo, Heico Wire Group, and TATA Steel.

Asia Pacific is expected to continue leading the market during the forecast period.
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