The "Automotive Piston Pin Market by Vehicle Type (Passenger Car, LCV, HCV, and Agricultural), Fuel (Diesel, Gasoline, and Alternative Fuel), Material (Steel and Aluminum & Titanium), Coating Type, Sales Channel, and Region - Forecast to 2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
The piston pin market is estimated to be USD 259 million in 2020. It is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.0% to reach USD 314 million by 2025.
Though according to industry experts, electric vehicles are the future of the automotive industry, ICE vehicles are still in focus with significant production and sales, especially in developing countries such as India and the majority of the Middle East & African countries. Also, OEMs and Tier I suppliers have been focusing on designing and developing long-lasting piston pins that can sustain or withstand all the loading or stresses applied as well as the wear and tear involved during engine operations. Thus, advancements in metallurgy and material science fields might help the piston pin market.
Apart from electric vehicle adoption, another major factor that might impact the piston pin market is the growing trend of engine downsizing. To reduce CO2 emissions, governments in several countries have imposed stringent emission norms. This has resulted in engine downsizing, with the market witnessing a shift from 8- and 6-cylinder engines to 4-cylinder engines. For instance, most of the small passenger cars in India are now available with 3-cylinder engines. This is expected to impact the growth of the piston pin market as compared to historical trends.
The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a severe impact on the piston pin market. Both the production and sales of new vehicles have come to a halt across the globe as the whole ecosystem has been disrupted. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries had imposed a complete lockdown of more than two months, which, in turn, has impacted vehicle production. Manufacturing units around the world were shut down, and vehicle sales have taken a huge hit. Thus, the production suspension during the outbreak and lower demand post the pandemic might have an unprecedented impact on piston pin providers.
The steel segment is expected to be the largest material segment in the forecast period.
Piston pins are usually made of steel alloys (carburized steel), along with the addition of chromium, manganese, and nickel, for the necessary structure to withstand the stress and temperature. Majority of the piston pin manufacturers have been using steel as the primary material in producing piston pins for all types of vehicles. Also, the fact that titanium is more expensive than steel is a key factor in the growth of the steel segment in the piston pin market. The steel alloy piston pins can be made stronger or more capable through heat treatments and addition of other materials.
DLC segment is expected to be the largest coating segment during the forecast period.
Majority of the piston pin manufacturers have been using DLC as it provides excellent surface hardness and strength during high loads and stresses. DLC coating can be used over steel as well as titanium piston pins. Apart from this, DLC coating improves lubricity as well. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the large production volumes of ICE passenger vehicles. Most of these vehicles use DLC coated piston pins.
LCV segment is expected to be the fastest-growing vehicle type segment in the forecast period.
As per the analysis of vehicle production statistics till 2019, LCV production in Europe increased by 5% between 2018 and 2019, accounting for 2.5 million units. In North America, LCV production increased by 0.2% between 2018 and 2019, accounting for 4.7 million units. North America is expected to hold the largest share of the light commercial vehicle segment in the piston pin market. The primary reason being the popularity of pickup trucks in the region from OEMs such as Ford and General Motors.
Substantial Production and Sales Volumes of Ice Vehicles
Significant Demand for High Performance & Premium Vehicles is Compelling Oems to Incorporate Bigger Engines in Vehicles
Much Anticipated Growth of Electric Vehicles
Growing Trend of Engine Downsizing
Pistons Pins Will be Required in Cng, Lpg, Hybrid, and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles
Use of Varied Materials and Compositions
Designing Long-Lasting & Lightweight Piston Pins and Dealing with Complex Lubrication & Maintenance
Art Metal Mfg., Ltd.
Avon Industrial Corporation
Bohai Automotive Systems
Coker Engineering Ltd.
CP Carrillo, Inc.
Dong Yang Piston
Ming Shun Industrial Co., Ltd.
Prabhat Engineering Corporation
Rheinmetall Automotive Ag
Ross Racing Pistons
Samkrg Pistons and Rings Limited
Shriram Pistons & Rings Ltd.
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