About the Report
The global automotive door hinges growth prospects are expected to take a turn for the better, posting significant to highly lucrative gains through 2021 and beyond. A combination of success factors, blending in a post-pandemic recovery trajectory, gradual transition to a manufacturing boom and burgeoning innovation and technological developments, are anticipated to steer the market forward.
Manufacturers are factoring in specific technological breakthroughs, most specifically additive manufacturing, to capitalize on aggrandizing profit margins and lucrative gains, enabling them to submerge into deep revenue pockets. Emphasis on lightweight and durable construction material incorporation is a critical aspect to ensure key players’ eventual success rates.
In its new study, ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting firm Future Market Insights (FMI) offers insights about key factors driving demand for automotive door hinges. The report tracks the global sales of automotive door hinges in 20+ high-growth markets, along with analyzing the impact COVID-19 has had on the automotive industry in general, and automotive door hinges in particular.
Historical vs Future Outlook
A sluggish automotive industry throughout 2019 and a further COVID-19 pandemic induced shutdown led to a contraction in the global automotive door hinges market in the recent past. Fitch Ratings’ projections indicate that global automotive production fell by over 3 million units, with bulk of the downswing attributed to a saturation experienced in the Chinese automotive industry.
Furthermore, sales across the US market declined by 2% to reach 16.9 million units in 2019. Prolonged lockdowns and social distancing measures prevented the automotive industry from acquiring many significant gains. However, a silver lining was visible, as popularity of electric vehicles witnessed a sharp incline.
Throughout 2021 and beyond, this increasing tilt towards EVs is bound to sustain growth prospects for the market, as manufacturers increasingly look toward leveraging sleek vehicular designs occupying minimal space, increasing lightness and emphasizing on greater performance.
Expected Automotive Sales Elevation to Heighten Expansion Prospects
As the global automotive industry emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic induced stagnation, the automotive door hinges market is expected to be a direct beneficiary of the post-pandemic gains. Despite an encore of Q1 2020 unfurling across key automotive markets such as the UK and EU amid re-inclining infection curves, quick recovery across emerging markets such as China are sustaining automotive sales, thus averting a freefall.
Studies estimate an incline of about 15% in car sales in 2021, with commercial vehicle sales comprising 16%. Moreover, as ambitious carbon emission reduction goals acquire center stage, electric vehicle sales are also expected to register a prolific increase. Projections indicate a figure of 3.4 million units for EVs in 2021. Much awaited vehicular launches are on the cards- including the Audi eTron GT, BMW iX3 and the Mustang Mach E among others.
The aforementioned vehicular launches are proving highly auspicious for the automotive door hinges market, with manufacturers scrambling to introduce highly sophisticated, state-of-the-art and robust product ranges, incorporating lightweight and durable construction material.
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How is the Quest for Low Cost High Durability Material Spurring Growth?
With global sustainability concerns on the rise, manufacturers are incorporating long-lasting and robust construction material to produce automotive door hinges. With the global greenhouse gas emissions rate projected to rise by an additional 50% by 2050, countries are scrambling to implement stringent emission curbing standards, prompting automotive manufacturers to incorporate environmentally friendly construction material.
A 2017 study published in MDPI revealed that adjusting the structural weight of the vehicle could significantly mitigate adverse environmental impact, with vehicular weight reduction being ascribed the highest importance. A direct correlation was established, which stated that three-quarters of fuel consumption is related to vehicular mass. Hence, manufacturers are transitioning towards incorporating aluminum, brass and other lightweight construction material.
It is established that incorporating aluminum results in a weight reduction of around 30%, resulting in 18-24% reduction in CO2 emissions. Hence, governments worldwide have imposed strict standards advocating incorporation of robust material in automotive door hinges manufacturing. Standards such as the FMVSS0206 in the US are stimulating production of lightweight automotive door hinges, thus broadening growth prospects.
How is Additive Manufacturing Bolstering Growth Prospects?
Substitution of heavy duty components with lightweight and durable material by deploying additive manufacturing techniques is rapidly acquiring momentum across the global automotive industry. Additive manufacturing has proven instrumental in enhancing durability by facilitating printing of high-strength low density cellular structures. Development of maraging steels is a major breakthrough in this regard.
Maraging steels offer ultra-high tensile strength, ranging between 1400 and 2400 MPa, endowing them with excellent toughness and weldability. Manufacturers are concentrating on producing hinges without lattice structures, a major drawback experienced during conventional manufacturing processes. While yet to become mainstream, this approach is expected to yield massive gains in the future.
Prominent automotive manufacturer Ford Motors, in 2017, called for a massive overhaul of its manufacturing practices, deploying robotics and 3D printing technologies to speed up its production process. Therefore, it has emerged as one of the few players relying on additive manufacturing technologies to manufacture automotive components, including door hinges.
Flooding by Counterfeit Products Posing a Significant Challenge
The global automotive door hinges market prospects are expected to take a significant backseat amid the rising availability of counterfeit or sub-standard hinges by small-scale manufacturers. With the objective of reducing cost margins, various automotive companies approach suppliers marketing hinges made from inferior quality raw material.
Oftentimes, these hinges are manufactured from raw steel or other heavy metals, which are devoid of any amalgamation, thereby significantly reducing the lifespan of automotives as these are highly susceptible to rusting and frequent wear and tear. Consequently, this is resulting in shrinking revenue pools as key end-users dedicate a substantial chunk of their finances towards frequent maintenance cycles.
Fortunately, government initiatives to rein in counterfeit products flooding are increasing, with stringent legal and penal provisions in place to enforce compliance and admit only those products meeting the basic manufacturing standards, thereby sustaining growth prospects.
How are Regulatory Frameworks Aiding US Automotive Door Hinges Sales?
Vehicle door hinges are instrumental in ensuring driver and passenger safety, linking the door to the vehicular body. In the United States, it is mandatory to ensure that automotive doors do not detach from the vehicle in the event of an accident. Therefore, as explored above, automotive manufacturers must comply with the FMVSS0206 safety standard as laid down by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
As per the standard, prior to the vehicle’s release, manufacturers are obliged to subject them to hinge strength test in which force is applied bi-directionally from the X and Y axis of the vehicle on the door hinge. During the process, the hinge must not break, while also ensuring that the stress inflicted does not exceed the ultimate tensile strength of the material on the hinge.
Additionally, during the door durability test, multiple opening and closure cycles must not result even in the slightest of damage. Attributed to these stringent guidelines, automotive door hinge manufacturers are expected to deploy a wide range of highly durable yet lightweight material, which is enhancing growth prospects for manufacturers specializing in aluminum and brass based door hinges across the country.
Why Should Manufacturers direct their Investments towards the UK?
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the UK automotive industry posted massive gains in 2018, registering a turnover of £ 82 billion, creating a value addition worth £ 18.6 billion to its economy. In terms of unit production, 1.5 million passenger vehicles and 85,000 commercial vehicles were manufactured in the same time period.
Such heightened figures are largely an outcome of deepening penetration of advanced manufacturing capabilities. Consistent with the EU General Safety Regulations, the UK automotive safety standards have been modeled to incorporate provisions advocating incorporation of robust construction material for the main body as well as automotive components, including door hinges. These materials largely drive the advanced production capabilities of key automotive manufacturers.
Existing luxury automotive players are already making significant progress in advancing their door hinge portfolios. In January 2021, luxury car maker Aston Martin inaugurated its new prototype and development center at the MIRA Technology Park in Warwickshire. This 18,500 square feet facility will help enhance its capacity to develop next generation of luxury vehicles for which developing advanced range door hinges will play a pivotal role.
Germany to Emerge as a Sunshine Area amid Surging EV Sales
Germany is expected to be yet another highly lucrative region for automotive door hinges market proliferation, given the aggrandizing volumes of electric vehicles production. The KBA motor vehicle authority reported a three-fold increase in full-electric vehicle sales, reaching nearly 200,000 units in 2020.
Electrified vehicles with full or partial electric propulsion constituted over a fifth of the revenue by Q4 2020. By 2030, it is expected that the German EV market shall account for 7 to 10 million unit sales. Majority of the full-electric car registrations (20.2%) were that of Volkswagen, followed by Renault (18.1%), Smart (11.6%) and Tesla (11.1%) respectively.
Going by these aforementioned trends, manufacturers are expected to discover highly lucrative opportunities for growth across 2021 and beyond. Furthermore, legal regulations directed towards mitigating automotive wastage in terms of fuel conservation as well as scrap containment are also poised to heighten robust-grade automotive door hinge sales.
How is China Likely to Transform the Asian Growth Landscape?
The Chinese market is all set to retain its global hegemony across the automotive industry. New vehicle sales is poised to grow 4% to reach 26 million through 2021, reports the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. It forecasts that while LCVs are likely to register over 7% growth, new commercial vehicle demand will dip by a tenth.
However, sales of new electrified and hybrid plug-in vehicles are expected to leapfrog by 40% to reach nearly 2 million units. Considering such promising forecast, the market for automotive components is expected to witness a steep incline, eventually paving way for heightened automotive door hinge sales.
As the pandemic recedes, government authorities are increasingly approving various pipeline projects within its territory. Additionally, overseas projects across countries like India and the US are also expected to resume. Currently, negotiations are ongoing with the Indian government to clear around 45 investment projects, including the Great Wall Motor Project and SAIC Motor Corp project, which are expected to majorly widen growth prospects.
How are Stainless Steel Hinges Acquiring Popularity?
Preference for steel based automotive door hinges is likely to remain sustained through 2021 and beyond, attributed to its superior anti-corrosion properties. Furthermore, adoption of anti-friction coatings across steel hinges is likely to generate major tailwinds, with players such as DuPont Systems unveiling product lines such as MOLYKOTE® Smart LubricationTM solutions.
The aforementioned coating helps keep solid lubricants on the substrate surface, providing a running-in effect, providing a highly smooth surface covering asperities of the carrying material. Similarly, manufacturers are also emphasizing on incorporating lightweight stainless steel hinges, such as Jiaxing Panda Precision Components which produces a carbon steel, stainless and aluminum combined car door hinges.
Will Future Revenue Streams be Directed towards Luxury Passenger Cars?
Surging automotive ownership pursuant to increased consumer spending is expected to heighten automotive door hinge sales for passenger cars. Majority of sales are expected in the luxury car segment, with prominent brands forging partnerships with regional and global level hinge manufacturers.
For instance, Leoie Electronics, a small-scale manufacturer, produces rear door hinges suitable for mounting on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Volkswagen Crafter 30-35 2006-2014 models. The hinge is made out of metal, offering robust anti-friction properties, rendering it suitable for long-term usage. Likewise, Mophorn Universal offers the Lambo Door Hinge Kit for Audi, Dodge, Ford and Honda cars respectively.
High Growth Potential Visible in the Aftermarket Domain
With respect to sales channel, the aftermarket segment is set to register tremendous gains. Simultaneously, sales across OEMs are expected to remain equally high, as future automotive production is not anticipated to wane anytime soon. Regular maintenance requirements are expected to broaden growth corridors across the aftermarkets.
Various regional level manufacturers are highly active in the aftermarket domain. Prominent ones include Marlboro Manufacturing Inc., Sierra Pacific Engineering & Products, S & D Products Inc., Hardware Mfg. and Jefco Manufacturing. These players have established strong linkages with key automotive players across respective regions to deepen their outreach.
Prominent automotive door hinges manufacturers profiled in FMI’s extensive coverage include*:
- Dura Automotive LLC
- Magna International Inc.
- Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd.
- Gestamp Group
- Multimatic Inc.
- Brano Group
- DEE Emm Giken
- ER Wagner
- Midlake Products & Mfg. Company Inc.
- Pinet Industrie
- Monroe Engineering
- Reell Precision Manufacturing Inc.
- The Paneloc Corporation
- Saint Gobain
*This list is only indicative- full details about key automotive door hinges market players is available upon request.
In order to acquire a firm share, the aforementioned players rely on a host of expansion strategies- including capacity expansion, strengthening of distribution networks, offering new product lines at competitive prices, strategic collaborations & partnerships and acquisitions.
In December 2020, Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd. undertook an internal management restructuring initiative across its South Korean divisions: the AISIN KOREA CO. LTD and AW KOREA CO. LTD., for enhancing its market research and sales support platforms for automobile products. Additionally, the move is also expected to enhance the company’s car navigation development support.
With regard to product offerings, Multimatic Inc. offers the BridgelessTM Side Door Hinges which are lightweight, and designed to package across tight spaces, equipped with an integral door check. It also offers the PedProTM pedestrian protection hood hinge systems, especially designed for MINI vehicles. Likewise, the company offers a broad range of door hinges.
Automotive Door Hinges Market- Report Scope
Historical Data Available for
US$ Mn for Value & ‘000 Units for Volume
Key Regions Covered
North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe Middle East & Africa, East Asia, South East Asia & Pacific, India, China and Japan
Key Countries Covered
U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Italy, France, U.K., Spain, Russia, Poland, China, Japan, ASEAN, Australia & New Zealand, India, GCC and South Africa
Key Segments Covered
Product Type, Vehicle Type, Material and Sales Channel
Key Companies Profiled
Market Introduction, Market Background, Demand Analysis, Segmental Analysis, Regional Profiling and Competition Analysis
Customization & Pricing
Key questions answered in the report
How will the automotive door hinges market expand in 2021 and beyond?
The global automotive door hinges market is anticipated to experience credible gains through 2021, experiencing a resurgence in the post-pandemic scenario. Manufacturers are emphasizing on key technological advancements to enhance their portfolios.
Which key factors shall drive the automotive hinges market growth?
Growing popularity of EVs and technological breakthroughs such as 3D-printing are expected to fuel future sales of automotive door hinges in the upcoming year. Additionally, stringent regulatory provisions to ensure safety standards is driving adoption.
Which is the most likely automotive door hinges manufacturing hub through 2021?
China is anticipated to experience the maximum growth, owing to its apex position in the global automotive manufacturing landscape. Progressive government policies to bolster vehicle production is likely to remain the principal expansion driver
Which prominent players operate within the global automotive door hinges market?
Dura Automotive LLC, Magna International Inc., Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd., Gestamp Group, Multimatic Inc., Brano Group, DEE Emm Giken, ER Wagner, Midlake Products & Mfg. Company Inc., Pinet Industrie, Monroe Hinge, Rell Precision Manufacturing Inc., The Paneloc Corporation and Saint Gobain are some leading automotive door hinge market players
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By Sales Channel
- After Market
- Brass/Bronze/Composite Material
By Product Type
- Front & Rear Automotive Door hinges
- Tailgate Hinges/ Bonnet Hinges
By Vehicle Type
- Passenger Car
- North America
- Latin America
- Western Europe
- Eastern Europe