Automotive suspension is a system that comprise of shock absorbers, tires, springs and linkages, which connects the vehicle to its wheels and ensures synchronization in motion of both the wheels. Suspension systems are one of the most vital components in an automobile as it supports both the ride quality and handling of a vehicle. In all four wheel vehicles there are two type of suspensions. Front suspension for the front two wheels and rear suspension for the rear wheels. In front wheel drive (FWD) cars, independent suspension are used with variety of beam axles whereas rear wheel drive (RWD) cars has numerous constraints and do not have independent suspensions like FWD cars. All-wheel drive (AWD) cars has similar suspensions for both its front and rear wheels.
The major types of automotive suspension are active, passive and semi-active suspension systems. Active suspension systems controls the vertical movement of wheels in a vehicle relative to the vehicle’s body or chassis with the help of an onboard system. In passive suspension systems, the movement of vehicle is determined by the road surface. Active suspensions are of two types such as pure active suspensions and semi-active suspensions. Active suspensions use actuator to lower and raise chassis independently at each of the wheels. In semi-active suspensions the shock absorber firmness vary as per the dynamic road conditions.
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Such suspension systems allow automotive manufacturers to achieve greater car handling and ride quality by ensuring the tires are perpendicular to the road in all corners; thereby allowing better control and traction in the vehicle. An onboard computer system detects the movement of vehicle via sensors present in the entire vehicle. The data is calculated by the onboard system by control techniques, which helps it control the action of active and semi-active suspensions. The computer system eliminates pitch variation and body roll in driving situations such as braking, cornering and accelerating.
The automotive suspension market can be classified by type, by component, by application and by geography. The type segment can be classified into passive systems, semi-active systems and active systems. By component, the market can be bifurcated into air compressor, ball joint, spring, shock dampener and others. By application, the market can be segregated as passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles and heavy commercial vehicles. By geography, the market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America.
Demand for light weight automotive suspensions with increasing production of vehicles and growth in the automotive sector across the major countries of the world is propelling the growth of global automotive suspension market. In addition, economic reforms in the Asia Pacific and Europe and rising private equity investments in automotive suspension manufacturing companies across the world is set to influence the growth of this market positively. Moreover, increasing downsizing of engine and demand for higher comfort and luxury in vehicles are set to bolster the growth of light weight and advanced automotive suspensions globally. In terms of market revenue share, Asia Pacific is expected to hold the largest share by the end of forecast period followed by North America, Europe, Latin America and, Middle East and Africa.
The report also provides company market share analysis of the various industry participants. Acquisition is the main strategy being widely followed by leading market players. In case of an acquisition, the acquirer takes advantage of existing synergies. As a result, both companies are expected to emerge more profitable and stronger than before. Key players in the global automotive suspension market have been profiled and their company overview, financial overview, business strategies and recent developments have been covered in the report. Major market participants profiled in this report include: ThyssenKrupp AG, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Benteler International AG, KYB Corporation, Magneti Marelli S.P.A., Tenneco Inc, NHK Springs Co., Ltd. Mubea Fahrwerksfedern GmbH, Rassini and Mando Corp. among others.