The report titled “North America Airbag Fabric Industry Situation and Prospects Research Report”, provides a comprehensive analysis of airbags, uses, various airbag fabrics, leading players, applications, specifications needed, advanced technology in airbags manufacturing, and future of airbags fabric market in North America.
All the automobile industries are increasing focus on the installation of safety systems in the automotives which is the major factor affecting the growth in the airbag fabrics in North America. The government has started imposing stringent safety regulations, which compels the automotive manufacturers to start providing airbag systems as a standard fitment in their products. Airbags start functioning during danger. They unfolded by very rapidly incoming gas into a balloon at high pressure. Airbag is capable of absorbing the impact of a body effectively yet softly. The airbag collapse as rapidly as possible to allow the protected person to respond to help. Automotive airbags are utilized in compact cars, midsize cars, large cars, MPV, LCV, SUV and other vehicles. Automotive airbag fabric market is segmented based on applications such as front airbag, side airbag, knee airbag, curtain airbag, and other airbags.
Leading Players: The major important requirements for the airbag fabric are low air permeability, less fabric weight and less fabric thickness to save space in the automobile, high fabric breaking strength and breaking extension to absorb the energy in the explosive unfolding of the airbag. Airbag fabric is mainly used to produce automotive airbags. There are very few leading players in the North American airbag material manufacturers. The leading competitors in North American airbag fabric market are Safety Components and Milliken. The global players are Hyosung, Toyobo, Toray, Kolon, Safety Components (US), HMT, Takata, Porcher, UTT, Milliken (US) and Dual. It was observed that there is a stiff competition among the leading players and they focus on advanced technology, certification and supply chain relationship. The supply of raw material for airbag fabric in North America is basically controlled by American INVISTA. The airbag fabric market in North America is spread across USA, Canada and Mexico.
Advances in North American Airbags Fabric Market: Majority of the airbags in North America are predominantly made of a rubberized polyamide fabric. This material ensures a low level of air permeability. Low air permeability allows shrinking, heat setting and calendering the fabric. Polyamide yarns, polyester, aramids, PPS, polyimides are the materials used in the manufacture of airbags. Polyamide and Polyester yarns are the most dominant airbag materials available in North America. Polyamide 6.6 yarn is used in airbags making utilizing a little of polyamide 6 yarn. Polyester yarns are used to making side and curtain airbags in automobiles.
A multifilament yarn or spun yarn specifications are between 150 and 3000 den. They are suitable materials for making the filaments or fibers which are virtually spinable synthetic or cellulosic polymers. The various cellulosic polymers are polyamides, polyesters, vinyl polymers, polyolefins, rayon, polyoxymethylene and polysulfones are rubberized during manufacture of the airbags. Rubberizing the airbag fabric is a costly affair and increases the space required by the folded airbag. It also tends to become brittle which shortens the life of the airbag. Currently, a coating-free synthetic yarn is used in the manufacture of airbag fabric which is simple to manufacture and yet meets the airbag material requirements, such as low air permeability, low fabric weight, gastight, low fabric thickness and high fabric strength. Various coating are used in the airbag materials for durability such as neoprene coated fabric, silicon coated fabric and non-coated fabric.
Future of North American Airbags Fabric Market: Polyester yarn is expected to grow at a faster rate over the next few years due to lower cost and more manufacturers in North America are adopting it in the making of knee and curtain airbags. The technological developments in airbag fabrics and raising disposable income are the major factors driving the airbag fabric market in North America. However, the fluctuating prices of raw material and strict government regulations may restraint the growth in airbags fabric market over the next few years in North America. New airbag fabric development, advancement in automobile airbag safety features, and collaboration of airbag makers with the automobile makers are the key strategies adopted by the leading players to withstand competition in North American airbag market.
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Ankur Gupta, Head Marketing & Communications