The use of textiles is not just limited to apparels; the transition in the socio-economic structure of environment has enlarged the use of textiles in various applications, including automotive. Unlike apparels, automobile textiles carry a different definition and they are known as technical textiles. Technical textiles are textile materials produced for their mechanical traits and performance, rather than their aesthetic and appealing properties.
Automobile textiles, which are non-apparel textiles, are widely used in different product categories of vehicles, including interior trims, safety devices such as seatbelts and airbags, carpets, filters, battery separators, hood liners, hoses, and belt reinforcement. Their use is not only limited to enhanced automotive aesthetics; it is also widely utilised to provide comfort and safety. In addition, automobile textiles have found their use in applications such as design solutions to engineering problems in the form of composites, tire reinforcement, sound insulation, and vibration control. Both woven and non-woven fabrics are deployed in transport textiles because of certain advantages served by them.
This report looks at the factors that determine increased demand for automotive textiles, including; Weight reduction, cost, process simplicity determine materials usability; The processes used for production of door trim panels; and Suppliers’ market share for door trim panels. The report features forecasts from IHS Automotive’s Component Forecast Analytics service.