Automotive Instrument Panels, Consoles and Door Panels

Industry, market and technological developments

It seems that change is the only constant in the instrument panel, console and door market as the participants, consumers, OEMs, business conditions and technologies continually change. The extent of this evolution can be traced back to the boom and bust of the automotive market. The North American market has gone through significant changes: major suppliers have come and some are gone and some have refocused. Now Europe will undergo major structural changes and we suspect the Chinese automotive market will undergo a correction as financial stress is looming in the horizon. As a result, The ITB Group is proposing a multiclient report than will examine the technical, styling, business and legislative developments in the instrument panel, console and door panel markets.

In order to meet the regulatory CO2 mandates for the automotive industry, there is an urgent need to reduce mass and the interior of the vehicle is not exempt from this drive. Significant technologies and design modifications are taking place to lower the carbon footprint. Various technologies and materials that facilitate mass reduction will be covered extensively, such as an assessment of various foaming technologies.

Integration of electronics in the vehicle interior, what ITB has termed Interio-Tronics, is another focus area. This translates into a discussion of the OEM strategies, trends, an exhaustive supplier listing and decoration technology analysis for the variety of finishing and decorative options required in the center stack area. Matching the product development cycles of the automotive industry and consumer electronics industry is a challenging proposition. We explore how the OEMs are strategizing to reach this goal.

OEMs continue to bring design and development in-house and only source the assembly and manufacturing to the huge tiers that were once in charge of the entire process from start to finish (Full System Suppliers). This steady decrease in captive manufacturing is validated by ITB data.

The drop in captive production of cockpits hit 34% in 2012 down from 44% in 2010. This trend reduces the importance of suppliers from centers of innovation to shoot-and-ship-type suppliers. With reduced importance comes reduced profits, making participation in this market less attractive for huge suppliers such as JCI, Visteon and IAC. Our report examines these business dynamics in detail as well as the current market by supplier, technologies and vehicle model for North America, Europe and China.

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