Automotive Fifth Wheel Coupling Market

Fifth Wheel Coupling Market: Will Western Europe be Able to Beat North America in Terms of Adoption Rate in the Near Future?: Global Industry Analysis (2013 - 2017) & Opportunity Assessment (2018 - 2028)

Automotive, mining, construction, waste management, and petrochemical industries across several regions such as North America, Europe, and China are showcasing potential growth opportunities for manufacturers of fifth wheel coupling. Construction and industrialisation is increasing across the globe owing to the growth in the economy of developing nations, which is expected to accelerate the growth of the global fifth wheel coupling market as it provides transportation solutions to these industries. The growth of mining and the petrochemical industries, mainly in the Middle East and Africa and Europe is expected to propel demand for transportation. This is likely to increase the need for fifth wheel coupling for cost-effective movement of materials, to provide safety and to increase productivity.

The surging waste management industry across developing regions is also anticipated to lead to a gradual rise in the global fifth wheel coupling market. Increasing awareness among people regarding environment safety is projected to fuel the growth of the waste management industry, which in turn is expected to trigger the growth of the logistics industry and indirectly impact revenue growth of the fifth wheel coupling market. Capabilities such as high load carrying capacity are further expected to drive the demand for fifth wheel coupling across several emerging economies.

China is expected to lead the global market owing to the presence of leading players in the region

The presence of leading players in the China market for fifth wheel coupling is surging the production as well as circulation of fifth wheel coupling. Moreover, the growing demand for heavy duty trailers is also expected to bode well for the growth of the market in the region. The noticeable contributor to climate change, emissions as well as fuel ingestion in the on road transportation sector is freight vehicles. Moreover, tractor-trailers account for a significant percentage of emissions, fuel consumption, and vehicle-kilometers travelled in heavy-duty vehicles. The surge in construction and mining activities across China is expected to propel the demand for heavy duty vehicles, which will directly impact the sales of fifth wheel coupling in the region. Governmental guidelines and promotion of fuel-saving technologies to decrease GHG emissions and fuel-consumption within their heavy-duty vehicle fleet is another noteworthy factor that has of late fuelled the demand for new advanced trailers, thus benefitting the global fifth wheel coupling market in return.

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North America fifth wheel coupling market to experience significant growth owing to increasing demand from the automotive industry

North America is a matured automotive market and has high penetration rate of technologically advanced and expensive products. A hefty share of commercial vehicles in the region is equipped with cutting-edge fifth wheel coupling systems such as fifth wheel backup camera system. Moreover, momentous sales of heavy commercial vehicles in North America is making the market more disposed towards the adoption of advanced technologies. For instance, in 2017, Fontaine Fifth Wheel Company developed the lightest steel fifth wheel assembly that has an extremely high load capacity. The disposable income of consumers in the region is also rising and their preferences are changing as well, thus making room for frequent shifting. As a result, the demand for heavy duty vehicles is increasing, thereby benefitting the market for fifth wheel coupling in the region.

An outlook of the global fifth wheel coupling market with reference to the automotive industry will present the readers with exclusive insights

The global industry is currently witnessing a period of stabilization as steady sales continue to sustain growth for suppliers and OEMs. However, an industry that is undergoing one of the biggest transformation, the future truly looks uncertain. The auto industry has always remained fiercely competitive, with US, German, and Japanese OEMs relying on incremental upgrades to consolidate their position. However, as electric vehicles and driverless cars become a reality, traditional players are staring at a future they aren’t entirely familiar with. The next five years in this industry paint a picture of collaboration and competition with the Silicon Valley.

In 2017, the industry has witnessed growth in North America being offset by slowdown in Europe and China. The fortunes of the global automotive industry are stacked in favor of emerging markets, as limited opportunity continues to plague matured markets.

List of factors tracked in the Automotive Industry Market Report

  • Automotive Industry GVA

  • Automotive production outlook

  • Automotive sales outlook

  • Fleet on road outlook

  • Automotive carbon emissions outlook

  • Emissions & safety norms

  • Installation rates of components / accessories

  • Replacement rates of components / accessories

  • Growth in aftermarket

  • Growth in service centers

Research Methodology

FMI utilizes robust methodology and approach to arrive at market size and related projections. The research methodology for this report is based on 3 dimensional model. We conduct about 45-60 min duration detailed interviews with product manufacturers; apart from this we also collect market feedback from industry experts. To validate this data, we interact with senior panel members having more than 10 years of experience in relevant field. The panel members help in validating the findings and fill the gaps if any.  In addition, we leverage on our existing pool of information, paid database and other valid information sources available in public domain. Usually industry interactions extend to more than 50+ interviews from market participants across the value chain.

Data Collection

FMI collects data from secondary sources including company annual reports, association publications, industry presentations, white papers, and company press releases apart from these we leverage over paid database subscriptions and industry magazines to collect market information and developments in exhaustive manner. After being done with desk research, detailed questionnaire and discussion guide is formulated to initiate primary research with key industry personnel; the discussion aims at collecting key insights, growth perspectives, prevalent market trends and quantitative insights including market size and competition developments. Both of these research approaches help us in arriving at base year numbers and market hypothesis.

Data Validation

In this phase, FMI validates the data using macro and micro economic factors. For instance, growth in electricity consumption, industry value added, other industry factors, economic performance, growth of top players and sector performance is closely studied to arrive at precise estimates and refine anomalies if any.

Data Analysis and Projection

Data analysis and projections were made based on proprietary research frameworks and statistical analysis, which was further validated from industry participants. These frameworks include Y-o-Y growth projections, macro-economic factor performance, market attractiveness analysis, key financial ratios, and others.

For public companies we capture the data from company website, annual reports, investor presentations, paid databases. While for privately held companies, we try to gather information from the paid databases (like Factiva) and based on the information we gather from databases we estimate revenue for the companies. In addition, the team tries to establish primary contact with the companies in order to validate the assumptions or to gather quality inputs.

Standard Report Structure

  • Executive Summary

  • Market Definition

  • Macro-economic analysis

  • Parent Market Analysis

  • Market Overview

  • Forecast Factors

  • Segmental Analysis and Forecast

  • Regional Analysis

  • Competition Analysis

Target Audience

  • Production Companies

  • Suppliers

  • Channel Partners

  • Marketing Authorities

  • Subject Matter Experts

  • Research Institutions

  • Financial Institutions

  • Market Consultants

  • Government Authorities

Market Taxonomy

The global fifth wheel coupling market has been segmented into:

By Product Type

By Operation

By Capacity

By Material Type

By Sales Channel

By Region

  • Compensating

  • Semioscillating

  • Fully Oscillating

  • Hydraulic

  • Pneumatic

  • Mechanical

  • Below 20 Tons

  • Between 20 – 30 Tons

  • Between 30 – 45 Tons

  • Above 45 Tons

  • Cast Steel

  • Cast Iron

  • Fabricated Steel

  • Aluminum

  • Others (Pressed Steel, Stamped steel, etc.)

  • OEM

  • Aftermarket

  • North America

  • Latin America

  • Western

  • Europe

  • Eastern Europe

  • China

  • SEA and Other APAC

  • Japan

  • MEA