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The Global Train Seat Materials Market, By Material Type (Fabric, Vinyl and Leather), By Foam Type(Polyurethane, Silicone, Polyester and Others) , By Train Type (High-Speed, General Passenger, Local Passenger, Metros and Light Rail Vehicle), By Seat Type(Regular, Recliner, Folding and Other), and by Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, APAC and Middle East & Africa) - Global Forecast to 2027”, is expected to be valued at US$ 2738.0 million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period (2019-2027), as highlighted in a report published by Coherent Market Insights.


Train seats are typically comprised of foam which is used as cushioning or padding, while seat covers are manufactured from vinyl, fabric, and leather. For seat foam, silicone, latex, polyurethane, and polyester is used, while for train seat covers fabric, vinyl, and leather are used. Some luxury train seat covers are made of soft cloths and velvets. Leather material comprises artificial and natural leather, while vinyl is a man-made synthetic material. These seats are installed in different types of trains including high-speed trains, general passenger trains, and local passenger trains. Furthermore, there are different types of seats in the train installed such as regular seats, recliner seats, and folding seats.

The global train seat materials market was valued for US$1,801.00  Mn in 2019 is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period.

Market Driver

Increasing demand for high-speed trains globally is expected to boost the global train seat materials market growth over the forecast period

Growing urbanization across the globe combined with increasing disposable income in the developed countries has increased the demand for high-speed trains in the recent past. The high-speed rail industry is expected to grow exponentially due to the ability of high-speed trains to cover comparatively longer distances in a relatively short period of time. Various countries around the world operate high-speed rails or popularly called ‘Bullet Train’. For instance, Lanxin High-Speed Rail Line, China is a high-speed is a 172 Km high-speed rail network in Spain. Hence, increased demand for high-speed trains is expected to propel the global train seat materials market growth during the forecast period.

Market Opportunity

Advent of new trains is expected to provide major business opportunities for market players

The government of various countries is focused on introducing new trains, high-speed trains, etc. in order to facilitate high-speed commute to passengers. Market players can capitalize on this by providing comfortable and lasting seats to new trains and enhance their global market presence. For instance, in December 2019, the Government of China inaugurated its first smart high-speed train named Fuxing G8811 to connect Beijing and Zhangjiakou, two host cities of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Market Restraint

Deficiency of capital investment in emerging economies is expected to hinder the global train seat materials market growth during the forecast period

Emerging economies across the globe such as Malaysia, Argentina, Brazil, and Columbia are some of the countries in the world with inadequate funding for railway projects. Development of high-speed train projects requires enormous capital. Lack of sufficient capital investments these countries has delayed high-speed train projects in the aforementioned countries and hence, is expected to restrain growth of the global train seat materials market during the forecast period. 

Key Takeaways

Market Trends

  1. Growing preference for leather seats to comply with fire safety regulations

European Union EN45545 and British Standard BS6853 inhibit the use of polyester foam and curtain fabrics in train seats since they can catch fire very quickly and easily. As a result of this, train seat manufacturers are switching to leather materials from conventional train seat fabrics. Leather train seats are considered to be more hygienic, ergonomic, and aesthetically appealing. Moreover, due to these factors, the demand for leather train seats have increased in comparison with vinyl materials.

  1. Train seat manufacturers are focused on providing airline luxury

Train operators are focused on providing airline luxury in train seats, in order to attract flight passengers to luxury trains. Moreover, train seat manufacturing companies are providing more luxurious seats by using high-quality material with more cushioning in their train seat products. Some airline seat manufacturers have started entering into the train seat materials market, in order to gain competitive edge in the market. This trend is expected to continue during the forecast period.

Competitive Section

Key players operating in the global train seat materials market are Rescroft Ltd., USSC Group, Inc., Magna International, Inc., Rojac Urethane Limited, GRAMMER AG, TransCal, Freedman Seating Co., Delimajaya Group, Franz Kiel GmbH, iFoam Ltd., Compin-Fainsa, FlexoFoam Pvt. Ltd., FISA Srl, FENIX Group, LLC, and Kustom Seating Unlimited, Inc.

Key Developments

  1. Key players in the market are focused on business expansion, in order to enhance the market presence. For instance, in January 2016, Magna International, Inc. established a new seating engineering center in Xuhui district of Shanghai. It plans to include a prototype shop and a testing lab, with over 60 employees.
  2. Major companies in the market are involved in contracts and agreements, in order to gain a competitive advantage in the market. For instance, in January 2016, Freedman Seating Co. entered into an agreement with Siemens Canada Limited to supply rail passenger seating systems to Calgary transit for the latter’s new S200 light-rail vehicles.


Market Taxonomy:

  1. By Material Type
  • Fabric
  • Vinyl
  • Leather
  1. By Foam Type
  • Polyurethane
  • Silicone
  • Polyester
  • Others
  1. By Train Type
  • High Speed
  • General Passenger
  • Local Passenger
  • Metros
  • Light Rail Vehicle
  1. By Seat Type
  • Regular
  • Recliner
  • Folding
  • Others
  1. By Region
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • APAC
  • Middle East & Africa
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