An in-depth analysis of the current and future suspension technology trends around the world
A vehicle's shock absorber technology can include everything from the type of shock absorber used, to the control, valve, and fluid type. While it is simple to understand the type of control a shock absorber uses, it is important to note the kind of tube architecture it uses and whether the valve is internal or external. This information, coupled with the type of suspension configuration that the shock absorber communicates with or complements, is used to gain a holistic picture of a vehicle's shock absorber technology.
This report mainly focuses on the shock absorber type, control type, and suspension configuration in the vehicle. The report also maps the OEM supplier landscape in the global shock absorber technology market, provides insight regarding technological and market developments, and the future direction this market is expected to take based on the IHS Markit forecast.
For more than a decade, technical emphasis has been on developing dampers with variable damping rates, based on road conditions. However, there have also been several shifts to more advanced shock absorber subcomponents to cater to drivers’ comfort with the help of valve placement, fluid type, and tube architecture to offer higher safety on jerky or potholed road surfaces. Efforts made in technologies to enhance driving and offer a smoother ride have led to the development of a diversified market, particularly at the suppliers’ end. For instance, with the emergence of electronic or adaptive (semi- and fully active) dampers, suppliers with a strong background in shock absorber supply and a history of technology disruption are breaking ground into supplying electronic dampers. This has further proliferated the global shock absorber market.