Global Automotive Axle & Propeller Shaft Market by Axle Type (Live, Dead & Tandem), Axle Position (Front & Rear), Propeller Shaft Type (Single & Multi Piece), Passenger Car Propeller Shaft Material (Alloy & Carbon Fiber) and Region – Global Forecast to 2025.
The global automotive axle and propeller market size in terms of value is estimated to be USD 29.5 billion in 2019, which is projected to grow to USD 35.0 billion, by 2025 at a CAGR of 2.9%. Growing global vehicle production, increasing demand for luxury vehicles, and commercialization of new technologies towards light-weighting of the overall vehicle is expected to drive axle and propeller shaft market
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Key Market Players
Some of the key players in the automotive axle and propeller shaft market are ZF Friedrichshafen AG (Germany), Dana Incorporated (US), GKN PLC (UK), American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (US), Meritor, Inc. (U.S.), Showa Corporation (Japan), Hyundai Wia Corporation (South Korea), JTEKT Corporation (Japan), and GKN plc (UK). ZF and GKN adopted the strategies of expansion, and new product development, to retain its leading position in the automotive axle and propeller market.
Single piece segment is estimated to hold the largest share in automotive propeller shaft market
Single-piece propeller shaft dominates the automotive propeller shaft market during the forecast period. The factors that drive the growth of this segment are cost-effectiveness as well as its overall durability. The single-piece propeller shaft is used more than the multi-piece propeller shaft majorly because of its lightweight with high fuel efficiency. The single-piece propeller shaft becomes an ideal choice for the shorter distance between the engine and the rear axle.
Tandem axle segment is anticipated to register the highest growth rate from 2019 to 2025
Tandem axle is expected to be the fastest growing market for the automotive axle market, by type from 2019 to 2025. According to OICA statistics, heavy commercial vehicle sales have increased from 21.2 million units in 2012 to 26.0 million units in 2017, at a CAGR of 4.14%. The growth can be attributed to factors such as increasing infrastructure spending, rising import-export trade, and growing e-commerce activities. Furthermore, the increasing goods trade has prompted the installation of the tandem axle, which offers additional load carrying capacity to the vehicle.
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Europe is expected to account for the second largest market during the forecast period
Europe is estimated to be the second largest and established market for axles and propeller shafts and is projected to witness stable growth in the coming years. A major growth driver is expected to be stringent fuel-economy norms which would encourage research activities to develop lightweight solutions for vehicles. The increased production level in Germany, the UK, and France, along with the rise in premium vehicle sales, are estimated to drive the demand for axles and propeller shafts. Rising preference for comfort while driving by end-users would also positively impact the demand for a better quality of axles and propellers.