Automotive thermal system is concern with the management of liquid, temperature and air. It increases the comfort of the passengers by taking care of the temperature inside the vehicle. The main components of automotive thermal system are powertrain cooling, ventilation & AC, battery thermal management, power device cooling and waste heat recovery.
Implementation of new technologies such as HVAC systems for thermal heating is driving the market globally. The primary advantage of this advanced system is that it reduces the harmful gases emitted by the cooling system compressors without compromising on the cooling capacity.
The rise in cost of the automotive thermal system is a major challenge restraining the growth of the market. Advanced and improved technology comes at a higher cost. Huge investment is required for research and development which in turn increases the cost of thermal systems, hence leading to increase in the price of automobiles. Increasing demand for thermal systems that run on alternative fuels such as bio-alcohols, liquid hydrogen, propane, P-Series fuels, and ethanol is a key opportunity for the growth of the market in the near future.
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Manufacturers of automotive transmission systems are investing significantly in research and development for innovation of latest technology in automotive transmission. ZF Technologies introduced the world’s first nine-speed automatic transmission system. This is likely to enhance fuel efficiency of vehicles considerably.
HVAC dominated the automotive thermal system market segmented by component. The HVAC system provides heat, ventilation and air conditioning in a vehicle. The HVAC market can be segmented into two types, automotive HVAC system and manual HVAC system. The rise in demand for HVAC is one of the key factors behind the growth of the automotive thermal system market as a whole.
Geographically, the global automotive thermal system market has been segmented into four major regions: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). Asia Pacific dominated the automotive thermal system market in 2013 followed by Europe. Developments in the infrastructure sector led to the rise in demand for construction vehicles. In addition, the rise in disposable income fuelled the demand for automobiles in Asia-Pacific and this is expected to drive the demand for thermal system.
Some of the major players in the automotive thermal system market are General Motors Company (GM) (U.S.), Denso Corporation (Japan), Magma International Inc. (Canada), Valeo (France), Ford Motor Company (U.S.), Delphi Automotive PLC (U.S.), BorgWarener Automotive Powertrain Systems Corp (U.S.), ZF Friedrichshafen AG (Germany), Hyundai Motor Company (South Korea), Continental AG (Germany).