Vehicle filter, such as the cabin filter, prevents undesired particles present in the incoming air from entering the vehicle cabin and pass through its internal parts. Vehicle filters are crucial in the operation of cars as they help filter impurities that enter the vehicle and hamper the functioning of the cabin components. The cabin filter is affects the health of the driver and passengers by preventing dust particles and pollens from entering the cabin of the vehicle, thus protecting the passengers who are allergic to dust and pollen. Automotive cabin filters lend a touch of cleanliness to the interior of the vehicle when there is passenger inside the car. Moreover, the implementation of High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) standards is likely to drive the automotive cabin filter market during forecast period.
Automotive Cabin Filter Market – Competitive Landscape
Key manufacturers operating in the automotive cabin filter market are Luman Automotive Systems Pvt Ltd., ALCO Filters Ltd., Robert Bosch GmbH, MANN+HUMMEL GmbH, A.L Filter, Donaldson Company, Inc., MAHLE GmbH, KN Engineering, Inc., Filtrak BrandT GmbH, North American Filter Corporation, Fildex Filters Canada Corporation, and Siam Filter Products Ltd., Part.
MAHLE GmbH has been focusing on environment safety since the late 90s. The company believes that by manufacturing technologically advanced products, it can reduce global fuel consumption and emission of air pollutants, thereby improving efficiency. MAHLE GmbH emphasizes on manufacturing high-quality products (without failures and recalls). The company maintains 15 R&D centers across the world to ensure the same. MAHLE GmbH is systematically implementing the dual strategy for its research & development activities.
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The R&D team of DENSO CORPORATION continuously works on three key areas that are essential for driver assistance system. These are road environment recognition, HMI, and vehicle motion control system. DENSO CORPORATION announced plans to invest US$ 1 Bn in its Tennessee, U.S.-based facility to cater to the rising demand for electric vehicle parts. The company plans to expand several production lines to produce advanced components for hybrid and electric vehicles.
MANN+HUMMEL GmbH focusses on strategic mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures for the inorganic growth of the company. For instance, in 2014, it acquired Vokes Air, a leading filtration solutions provider.
The company emphasizes on global expansion for organic growth. In 2015, the company started its sixth plant in Chongqing, China. MANN AND HUMMEL (Thailand) LTD was founded in 2012. In 2013, Mann and Hummel (Thailand) Ltd. established a production site and a distribution center in the Rayong province in order to strengthen its presence in the market.
Donaldson Company, Inc.
Donaldson Company, Inc. emphasizes on mergers & acquisitions and research & development. On July 14, 2015, the company entered into a contract to acquire Industrias Partmo S.A. in Colombia. Partmo is a leading manufacturer of air lube and fuel filters in Colombia. The acquisition reinforces the company’s commitment to expand in the filter segment and is a strategic fit with its existing engine aftermarket business. Additionally, the company also invested in a new facility in Poland, in 2016.
Automotive Cabin Filter Market Dynamics
High replacement rates of automotive cabin filter
The replacement rate of automotive cabin filters varies according to the geographic conditions of the region. For instance, cars running on hilly terrains are likely to witness higher demand for filters than those running on plains. However, for most regions, the need for replacement of automotive cabin filters is high.
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The general perception is that the average miles after which an automotive cabin filter should be changed is 10,000 to 12,000. Since the average lifespan of a vehicle is much more than 50,000 miles, therefore a vehicle might need more than one cabin filter for proper functioning throughout its lifespan. The lifespan of vehicles is likely to increase in the future owing to technological advancements in automobiles. This, in turn, is anticipated to increase the demand for automotive cabin filters during the forecast period.
Growth and development in the various regions
Asia Pacific and Europe are witnessing significant growth and development. The automotive industry is expanding at a rapid pace in the above mentioned regions. The automotive industry in India, China, the U.K., Germany, and France, has witnessed significant expansion, which in turn is offering notable opportunity to manufacturers of filter systems to penetrate into emerging markets of Asia Pacific and Europe.