Automotive AC Filter Market
Automotive AC filter is responsible for reducing impurities and pollutants entering into the engine through air condition system, air circulation, and heating. This is an important part of a vehicle that helps to protect passengers against harmful bacteria, dust, and smog. This in turn reduce dust accumulation in vehicles and enhances the performance of engines.
Various economies are imposing stringent norms related to emission of CO2, which is also accelerating automotive AC filter adoption worldwide. For instance, California legislature passed a bill establishing the most extensive carbon dioxide (CO2) emission controls. The law requires a 25% reduction in state CO2 emissions by 2020, with the first major cut taking effect in 2012. Also, presence of various environment regulatory bodies such as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), offers legal authority to monitor and regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
Moreover, rapid urbanization and industrialization in various emerging economies such as India and China is one of the key drivers for growth of the market. Increase in GDP is supporting growing urbanization. For instance, according to the World Bank Group, GDP per capita has increased globally from US$ 9509.4 in 2010 to US$ 10,150.8 in 2016. This is an indicator of increased standard of living, which has significantly impacted affordability and expenditure on luxury vehicles.
The export value of vehicles from China increased massively, with majority of cars developed in China being sold to Iran, Algeria, Russia, Egypt, and other emerging economies. For instance, according to Organization Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA), in 2017, sales of 96,804,390 unit vehicles were recorded globally, which was an increase from 93,905,634 units in 2016. These are key factors influencing the adoption of automotive AC filters globally.
Figure: Global Automotive AC Filter Market Value Share (%), by Region, 2025
North America Automotive AC Filter Market is expected to grow at highest CAGR
The market for North America is expected to grow at highest CAGR over the forecast period from 2018 to 2025. This growth is attributed to stringent government regulation regarding emission control, which is major factor driving the regional market growth. For instance, Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) Standards in the U.S. is propagating adoption of energy efficient automotive by formulating regulations for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and promoting development of innovative technologies to increase their reliance on renewable and conservation of energy sources. This in turn creates a highly conducive environment for growth of the global automotive AC filter market.
Moreover, another key factor propelling regional market growth is increasing passenger car sales. The U.S. accounted for largest share in North America passenger car sales in 2017. According to Organization Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA), in 2017, around 11,302,188 units of passenger cars were sold, among which in the U.S. around 6,096,111 units of passenger cars were sold. Hence, increasing adoption of passenger cars in country is propelling demand for AC filters to meet regulatory demand from the U.S. government.
The market for AC filter in Europe is expected to grow at significant rate over the forecast period from 2018 to 2025. This growth is attributed to growing government concern for the reduction of CO2 emission. For instance, the European Union has set its own emissions standards. EU Regulation No 443/2009 sets an average CO2 emissions target for new passenger cars of 130 grams/kilometer. A target of 95 grams/kilometer will be applicable from 2021.
Germany is the leading country fueling regional automotive market growth, which is further accelerating automotive AC filter market growth. Germany accounted for largest share in passenger car sales in Europe in 2017. Increasing passenger car sales has propelled the demand for start-stop batteries due to increasing inclination towards pollution free vehicles. According to OICA, in 2017, around 3,442,100 units of passenger cars were sold in Germany up from 3,351,607 in 2016. These factors are propelling regional automotive AC filter market growth.
Major players operating in the global automotive AC filter market include Mann+Hummel GmbH, Sofegi SpA, Donaldson Company, Inc., Robert Bosch GmbH, Denso Corporation, Ahlstrom Corporation, MAHLE GmbH, Freudenberg & Co. KG, Hengst SE & Co. KG, ALCO Filters Ltd., K&N Engineering, Inc., EuroGIELLE s.r.l., ACDelco, and Airmatic Filterbau GmbH.
Automotive AC filters is one of the important part of automobile industry and is highly influenced by state of automotive industry, health safety regulations, emission control norms, and availability of wide range of choices for vehicles. The aftermarket for automotive AC filters is mainly influenced by average miles per driven, types of filters used, vehicle parc, and other factors.
The global automotive AC filter market growth is attributed to growing adoption of vehicles that are equipped with AC system which require air filters. Moreover, environment friendly norms and compliances has urged manufacturers to adopt AC filters to minimize emission on harmful gases and other contaminants, which in turn is minimizing health risks such as respiratory diseases, allergic reactions, and others among individuals. Moreover, intense competition among AC filter providers to offer advanced filtration technologies to automotive manufacturers as well as in aftersales markets is expected to boost the market growth. However, constant fluctuations in raw material prices is expected to hamper the market growth. Nonetheless, rapid industrialization among emerging economies, rising passenger cars sales owing to increase in disposable income, and high growth potential in China and India markets is expected offer opportunities for growth to the automotive AC filter during the forecast period.
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