Automotive Textiles Market - Forecast (2022 - 2027)
Automotive Textiles Market - Forecast (2022 - 2027)
The Automotive Textiles market size is forecast to reach US$38.3 billion by 2027, after growing at a CAGR of 3.5% during 2022-2027.

Automotive Textiles Market

The Automotive Textiles market size is forecast to reach US$38.3 billion by 2027, after growing at a CAGR of 3.5% during 2022-2027. Automotive textiles encompass a wide variety of products ranging from upholstery, flooring, and headliners, to filters, tire cords, and passive safety. About two-thirds of the automobile textiles are utilized for interior trim such as seat cover, carpets and roof, and door liners. The rest is utilized to reinforce tyres, safety belts, airbags, etc. Automotive textiles use synthetic fibers such as nylon, polyester, high-performance fibers, or other materials such as composites. Apart from being used for aesthetic purposes, they are also used for comfort and safety. Materials used in the passenger compartment need to have a certain degree of flame resistance so that occupants have time to escape the vehicle in the event of a fire. The demand for comfort and safety has resulted in the increased use of textile materials in automobiles.

COVID-19 Impact

The pandemic has impacted every industry across the globe in one way or another. A common issue plaguing every industry is that the availability of raw materials has dramatically reduced. This has severely impacted the overall market in general. The automobile industry has been impacted owing to shortages of labour, rising safety concerns and government-imposed lockdowns which have led to the closing down of manufacturing plants. According to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), a total of 55.8 million cars were produced in 2020 compared to 67.14 million in 2019. This has in turn resulted in lower demand and consumption of automotive textiles.

Automotive Textiles Market Report Coverage

The report: “Automotive Textiles Market – Forecast (2022-2027)”, by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments of the Automotive Textiles Industry.

By Textile Type: Leather, Polyester, Nylon, Vinyl, PVC and Others
By Product Type: Woven, Non-Woven and Composites
By Application: Carpets, Seat Covers, Door Liners, Seat Belts, Air Bags, Tyre Cords, Upholstery and Others
By Vehicle Type: Passenger Vehicles, Light Commercial Vehicles and Heavy Commercial Vehicles
By Geography: North America (USA, Canada, and Mexico), Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Belgium, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Rest of APAC), South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and Rest of South America), Rest of the World (Middle East, and Africa) 

Key Takeaways


  • Asia-Pacific dominates the automotive textiles market, owing to the increasing investments in the manufacturing sector in the region. According to Invest India, the automobile industry is expected to reach $300 billion by 2026. 
  • Synthetic fibers such as nylon and polyester are widely used as automotive textiles. They are mainly used in upholstery, carpets, seat belts, airbags, etc.
  • The major opportunity for this market is to switch to more sustainable or eco-friendly materials as the industry is dominated by man-made textiles which mostly require fossil fuels for their synthesis.

Automotive Textiles Market Segment Analysis – By Textile Type

The polyester segment held the largest share of more than 25% in the automotive textiles market in 2021. Polyester is the predominant fiber used in automotive textiles. Synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon are widely used as automotive textiles due to their lightweight nature and durability. Polyester is used for the upholstery, carpets, seat covers and seatbelts as it has strong abrasion resistance to withstand the friction. It also does not get dull on exposure to sunlight and maintains its color. It is also the material of choice for seat cushions. The inexpensive quality of polyester is also a reason behind its heavy usage. Polyester can be used in many forms in the automotive industry, such as knitted, woven or nonwoven fabrics. Owing to all these reasons, polyester is set to dominate the automotive textiles market during the forecast period.

Automotive Textiles Market Segment Analysis – By Product Type

The non-woven segment held the largest share in the automotive textiles market in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.6% during the forecast period. Non-woven textiles find use in door linings, floor mats, headliners, belts, etc. The following properties of non-woven textiles such as superior strength and weight, abrasion resistance, thermal protection, flame resistance, acoustic insulation, air filtration, easily mouldable, shape retention, readily sewn, seamed, coated, dyed and laminated make them valuable as automotive textiles. In contrast to woven fabrics, nonwoven bonding methods do not kink the fibers and detract from their special properties. Nonwovens can be up to 30% lighter than traditional materials they replace and can make a car more than 2kg lighter, according to the global non-woven’s association, EDANA. Therefore, the non-woven segment is set to dominate the automotive textiles market.

Automotive Textiles Market Segment Analysis – By Application

The airbags segment held the largest share in the automotive textiles market in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.8% during the forecast period. An airbag acts as a protective cushion for the safety of the passengers during a mishap. In the event of a collision, airbags inflate and prevent the passenger's head and chest from hitting the interiors of the vehicles. Airbags consist of the airbag cushion, a fabric bag, an inflation module, and an impact sensor. It is typically made up of nylon. It is considered a passive safety device because it does not require activation by the occupants of the vehicle and is triggered automatically in the event of a collision. Various regulations govern the use of airbags as it is considered an essential safety device. For instance, the Indian Ministry of Road Transport issued a mandate that all new vehicle models introduced in India after 1 April 2021 must have dual front airbags, the regulation also requires that all existing models be equipped with dual front airbags by 31 December 2021. Therefore, the airbags segment is forecasted to continue dominating the automotive textiles market.


Automotive Textiles Market Segment Analysis – By Vehicle Type

Passenger vehicles held the largest share of more than 65% in the automotive textiles market in 2021. Various automotive textiles are used in passenger vehicles for tyre cords, seat belts, car covers, seat upholstery, carpets, headliners, sunblinds and airbags. Automobile manufacturers are now offering customization of vehicles to satisfy individual customer preferences. Vehicles now are manufactured with improved seat belts and airbags, and other features. The pandemic has also caused people to purchase their own cars instead of using public transport due to the risk of infection significantly increasing with public transport. For instance, The Public Health Agency of Sweden, in April 2020 issued an advisory against using public transport and encouraged the use of private transport in the event of traveling. Once the lockdowns and restrictions began easing, car sales started to pick up. General Motors reported a 4.8% increase in U.S. sales in Q4 2020, while Toyota Motor Corp and Volkswagen AG saw their sales rise 9.4% and 10.8%, respectively. Hence, passenger vehicles are expected to continue to fuel the market for automotive textiles.

Automotive Textiles Market Segment Analysis – By Geography

Asia-Pacific region held the largest share in the automotive textiles market in 2020 up to 55%, owing to the increasing investments in the manufacturing sector in the region. China is the world's largest vehicle market, according to the International Trade Administration (ITA), and the Chinese government expects automobile manufacturing to reach 35 million by 2025. A majority of textile suppliers are from countries such as India, China, Japan, and South Korea among others. Therefore, the demand for automobile materials manufacturers is at an all-time high in these countries, and the emergence of new technologies especially the manufacturing of electric vehicles is the major reason for the increase in automotive textiles. Therefore, Asia-Pacific is set to dominate the market for automotive textiles.

Automotive Textiles Market Drivers

The Need for Lightweight Materials

The major factor that every automotive OEM is focusing on is to reduce the weight of the vehicle. If a vehicle is light-weight it can accelerate more with optimal utilization of fuel when compared to heavy-weight vehicles. Hence, reducing weight by using lighter materials is a major driving factor.  Moreover, with the reduction in weight, the vehicles can carry additional advanced emission control systems, safety devices, and integrated electronic systems without increasing the overall weight. The number of textiles used in new vehicles continues to increase as manufacturers look for further means of light-weighting to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and improve fuel consumption, as well as higher demand for increased comfort and improved safety. Now, with the drive towards lowering weight for reducing both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, many current developments are including new uses for fabrics and other fiber-based materials. In electric vehicles, this is of more importance. According to the U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office, using lightweight materials in these electric vehicles can offset the weight of power systems such as batteries and electric motors, improving the efficiency and increasing their all-electric range. Hence, this is the major driving factor for the automotive textiles market. 

Customization of Vehicles Increases the Demand for Automotive Textiles

Technological advances make vehicle designers come up with new uses for existing materials or to improve the existing materials. This includes the use of smart fabrics, antibacterial and antimicrobial surfaces, attractive finishes, and sustainable materials, as well as personalized lighting and multi-sensor infotainment systems with more screens and fewer switches and buttons. Consumers have the desire to make their car more personalized and not look similar to any other car from the showroom. Apart from being a style statement, customization is also about comfort and safety. Car companies like Mercedes Benz and Maybach have recently begun offering additions such as luxury upholstery. Sustainability is also a key reason behind customization with more and more demands for materials that are also sustainable. The interiors of the future are not only smart but have the prospect of revolutionizing travel. Hence, customization acts as a driver for the automotive textile market.

Automotive Textiles Market Challenges

Increasing Availability of Alternative Materials and Regulations

Textiles account for around 30 kg of the average car weight of 1.5 tons. Most automotive textiles use synthetic fibers, leather, etc. As consumers focus more on sustainability there is a need to use alternative, eco-friendly materials. The automotive industry is under increasing pressure to fulfill environmental demands as well as maintain performance and higher fuel efficiency at competitive costs. International Automotive Components Group (IAC), in 2017, launched the first natural fiber composite sunroof frame, which is made from 70% hemp and kenaf fiber and weighs 50% less than a metal sunroof frame. This is now used on all Mercedes-Benz E-Class and A-Class cars. Compared to manmade fibers, natural fibers have benefits such as reduced waste disposal, reduction of greenhouse gases and lifecycle considerations. Regulations such as the End of Life Vehicles Directive in Europe, have implications for reducing the use of hazardous substances when designing vehicles, including automotive textiles, and for the design and production of vehicles that facilitate the dismantling, reuse, recovery and recycling at end of life. These alternative materials can prove to be a challenge for the automotive textiles market. 

Automotive Textiles Industry Outlook

Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in this market. Automotive Textiles top 10 companies include:

1. Toyota Boshoku Corporation
2. Lear Corporation
3. Acme Mills Company
4. Grupo Antolin
5. Sage Automotive Interiors Inc.
6. Adient plc
7. Suminoe Textile Co., Ltd.
8. Takata Corporation
9. Tenowo GmbH
10. Seiren Co., Ltd.

Acquisitions/Technology Launches

In September 2019, Toyota Boshoku Corporation, Delta Kogyo Co., Ltd., and Toyo Seat Co., Ltd. established a joint venture to manufacture automotive seats in the US and in October 2021 began manufacturing of seat components for Toyota’s all-new Corolla Cross in Alabama, USA. 


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