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Automotive Fuel Tanks - Global Sector Overview and Forecast to 2035 (Q1 2021 Update)

March 2021 | 46 pages | ID: AD4C3877C115EN
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Automotive Fuel Tanks - Global Sector Overview and Forecast to 2035 (Q1 2021 Update)

SUMMARY

For some time, fuel tank manufacturers have come under increasing pressure from legislation, particularly in the US, to design and build tanks that can withstand higher and higher impacts without leaking. The main factors driving fuel tank innovation are legislation, weight, packaging, safety and cost. In addition to continued demand for fuel tank range and fuel economy, we are seeing more complex shapes and geometries, particularly driven by the all/rear-wheel drive increase in smaller car segments. This creates a unique packaging environment that influences the design selection and requirement for those programmes.

In the 1970s, all fuel tanks were made of steel. Today, we estimate that about 90% of newly registered vehicles in Western Europe are equipped with plastic tanks while 85% of cars built for North American roads have plastic tanks, a material chosen for its proven resistance to corrosion, light weight and ease of moulding into unusual shapes. They are increasingly being manufactured with their major components sealed inside the tank.

While the angular shape of modern plastic fuel tanks may appear a little strange, their blow-moulded design allows maximum fuel holding capacity in a minimum amount of space. Plastic tanks are also considered more crashworthy because of their seamless design and ability to deform. And depending on the volumes produced, plastic fuel tanks can beat steel in terms of cost.

Given the popularity of plastic tanks, can steel tanks really make a comeback? Sure, there are always opportunities available for steel tanks for low-volume production. Although multi-layered plastic seems to have become the material of choice, there are some concerns that it might not be able to meet the forthcoming emissions regulations or that it meets the spirit of the ELV Directive. Some vehicle makers are said to be re-evaluating plastic tanks in favour of steel, and for some higher value models, even systems made of stainless steel.

The report “Automotive Fuel Tanks - Global Sector Overview and Forecast to 2035 (Q1 2021 Update)” provides a comprehensive overview of the global OE fuel tanks sector, major suppliers, top 14 markets, technology trends and market size forecasts.

*The top 14 markets accounting for over 98% of global light vehicle production include:

North America (US, Canada and Mexico) ; Mercosur (Brazil and Argentina); Western Europe (Germany, Italy, France, UK, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Finland and Morocco) ; Central Europe (Turkey, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia); Russia; Japan; China; India; Korea; Thailand; Other Asia; Iran; South Africa; Australia.

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Based on exclusive interviews, primary research and proprietary data this global market study includes -
  • Automotive OE fuel tank systems (plastic, steel, tanks for LPG/CNG fuel) fitment and market size data for the top 14* markets.
  • A review of the latest technological developments and market trends (including PZEV, Urea, Light Weighting, Brushless Fuel Pumps, Evaporative Emissions Systems, Electronic Return-Less Systems, Mis-Fuelling Solutions, Blow Moulding, Coatings, Biofuels).
  • Regional supplier market share data tables and commentary.
  • Exclusive interviews with OE suppliers including Continental, TI Automotive, SASFT, PlasFuelSys and Magna Steyr.
  • Updated profiles of the major automotive fuel tank system suppliers including their strategies and prospects.
REASONS TO BUY
  • Gain a quick overview of the automotive fuel tanks sector globally.
  • Understand the size and scope of the top 14 markets.
  • Hear direct from leading companies on their strategies and plans.
  • Review the latest and most significant technological developments.
  • Know the key trends within the sector and what's driving them.
  • Spot opportunities and threats in this sector.
  • Establish key companies' latest activities and prospects.
  • Prepare supply and demand forecasts.
  • Produce internal sales plans and forecasts.
  • Carry out competitive intelligence.
Introduction
Companies
Auto Inergy
Kautex Textron GmbH & Co KG
Magna International Inc.
Magneti Marelli S.p.A.
Martinrea International Inc.
TI Automotive Ltd.
Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
Westport Fuel Systems
YAPP Automotive Parts Co Ltd
Others
Continental AG
Futaba Industrial
Imperial Group
Westport Fuel Systems
Forecasts
LPG/CNG additional gas tanks
Plastic fuel tanks
Steel fuel tanks
Glossary
Markets
Emerging markets
Market shares
Asia-Pacific
North America
Western Europe
Regulatory drivers and legislative framework
Technologies
Biofuels
Biodiesel
Ethanol
Fuel system technologies
Bosch
Capless fuel filler assembly
Chevrolet Cruze
Continental
Delphi
Federal Mogul
Misfuelling
TI Automotive
Fuel tanks
CNG tanks
Cryogenic fuel tanks
LPG tanks
Plastic tanks
Steel tanks
Urea tanks
New materials
Zircotec's thermal barrier ceramic coating
Archive
Benteler AG
Kautex's solution
Other
Visteon Corporation

LIST OF TABLES

Asian manufacturer market shares of plastic fuel tanks for passenger car and light vehicles, 2010-2018, % of volume
Fuel filler system suppliers technology matrix
Market fitment/penetration rates of conventional plastic fuel tanks fitted to newly-assembled light vehicles, 2014-2034, (%)
Market fitment/penetration rates of conventional steel fuel tanks fitted to newly-assembled light vehicles, 2014-2034, (%)
Market fitment/penetration rates of LPG/CNG additional gas tanks fitted to newly-assembled light vehicles, 2014-2034, (%)
Market volumes of conventional plastic fuel tanks fitted to newly-assembled light vehicles, 2014-2034, ('000s units)
Market volumes of conventional steel fuel tanks fitted to newly-assembled light vehicles, 2014-2034, ('000s units)
Market volumes of LPG/CNG additional gas tanks fitted to newly-assembled light vehicles, 2014-2034, ('000s units)
North American manufacturer market shares of plastic fuel tanks for passenger car and light vehicles, 2010-2018, % of volume
Western European manufacturer market shares of plastic fuel tanks for passenger car and light vehicles, 2010-2018, % of volume
World manufacturer market shares of fuel tanks for passenger car and light vehicles, 2010-2018, % of volume


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