Cabin air filter sector and technology
As the air quality index around the globe takes a turn for the worse and pollution-linked respiratory diseases see an upswing, OEMs and suppliers are expected to push the boundaries in filtration technology to deliver improved cabin air quality. Better filter media technology, capable of trapping even the tiniest suspended particles, along with remote real-time sensor-based air quality measurement and activation features are expected to be the future.
World Health Organization (WHO) statistics estimate that ambient air pollution accounts for an estimated 4.2 million deaths per year due to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases. Air pollution can be defined as the presence of foreign substances in the air that do not belong there or excessive amounts of certain impurities that would not be harmful otherwise. The damage caused by toxic fumes and other dangerous gases, such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, is well documented, but the long-term ramifications of inhaling air laden with minute particles (smaller than PM2.5) have also been red-flagged recently.