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The global automotive air filters market size was valued at USD 5.15 billion in 2022. The market is projected to grow from USD 5.32 billion in 2023 to USD 8.72 billion by 2030, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.3% over the forecast period.
An automotive air filter is designed to capture dust particles, dirt, sand, and other debris from the outside air. It prevents them from damaging the engine parts, cylinder walls, and piston rings and reaching the combustion chamber.
The expansion of the vehicle manufacturing market, especially the surging demand for passenger cars, will propel the adoption of automotive air filters. As per the IEA report 2023, convention car sales in advanced economies were 16.1 million, whereas sales in advanced and developing economies were approximately 19 million in 2022. The growing demand for convention cars drives the automotive air filter market growth.
Decline in Vehicle Sales Adversely Impacted the Automotive Air Filters Market
The global automobile manufacturing industry was severely impacted by COVID-19 and halted the production of vehicles worldwide. Since the growth of this industry is directly proportional to the production of vehicles, the decline in sales of vehicles negatively impacted the automotive air filter market growth. Moreover, the high cost of filters, disruptions in the supply chain, shortage of raw materials & labor, and price fluctuations slowed the growth of automotive air filters. For instance, in October 2022, Toyota suspended its production of cars due to a global semiconductor chip shortage.
However, the automotive air filter market is recovering steadily due to rising global demand for commercial and passenger vehicles. For instance, Toyota is anticipating vehicle output to be nearly around 10.6 million vehicles recovery by 2023.
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Surge in Demand for High-Performance Air Filters Set a Positive Trend in the market
Manufacturers are focused on providing new and advanced air filtration products with improved particulate-capturing efficiency to ensure optimal engine performance.
Proper air filtration is vital to ensure the proper functionality of a vehicle’s engine. Most diesel engine manufacturers require air filters to be at least 99.9% efficient for eliminating particulate from the air to prevent premature wear and fouling of components such as turbochargers, cylinder walls, charged air coolers, and piston rings. Air filter manufacturers are investing in new technologies to increase dirt-holding caspacity and particle-removal efficiency and reduce air flow restriction to ensure optimal engine performance.
For instance, in February 2021, Champion Laboratories, Inc., filter brand, Luber-finer, launched Finer-Flow, an advanced air filter designed for heavy-duty automotive engines. Finer-Flow filters are integrated with enhanced filtration technology to maximize airflow and provide greater engine protection from harmful pollutants. These filters are made with a rugged, high-impact plastic frame for added durability and contain a soft gasket for precision sealing and easy installation.
Implementation of Stringent Government Regulations for Cleaner Air and Rise in Auto Sales is Driving Market Growth
The introduction of stringent government regulations to control air pollution levels is one of the major factors driving the demand for automotive air filters. For instance, the U.S. government introduced the Clean Air Act that requires new engines and equipment distributed in the U.S. to be certified to meet The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-established emissions standards to protect public health and the environment from air pollution. Similarly, in February 2022, (EPA) proposed a rule to reduce air pollution from heavy-duty vehicles and engines, including ozone, particulate matter, and greenhouse gases. Moreover, the surge in auto sales, especially cars, and growing awareness among consumers regarding the importance of air filters for purified air in cars will further drive the automotive air filter market over the forecast period. For instance, GM and Toyota expect auto sales to increase to nearly 15 million by 2023, a roughly 9% increase over 2022.
Growing Adoption of Electric Vehicles May Restrain Market Growth of Automotive Air Filters
The shift in mobility preference from ICEs to EVs to control emission levels may restrain the sale of automotive air filters, as EVs do not have engine air filters. EVs consist of only two filters battery air filter and cabin air filter. The growing EV sales are predicted to hamper the market size of automotive air filters over the forecast period.
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Air Intake Filters to Register a Higher CAGR Owing to their Booming Sale
Based on the product type, the market is bifurcated into air intake filters and cabin air filters.
The air intake filters segment held the major automotive air filter market share in 2022. These filters are placed in engines. Growing investments in R&D activities by automotive companies to improve the engine's performance and develop solutions to minimize emission levels in adherence to environmental laws are major drivers propelling the market growth of automotive air filters. For instance, in May 2020, Donaldson Company, Inc., one of the leading manufacturers of filtration products and solutions, launched its Filter Minder, a wireless monitoring system for air filters on heavy-duty engines. This wireless monitoring system optimizes fleet maintenance practices in on-road truck fleets and off-road equipment. With the help of this connected technology, fleet maintenance managers can make an informed decision regarding air filtration maintenance instead of changing filters based on distance intervals.
Cabin air filters held a significant market share in 2022. The cabin air filter is a major component of a vehicle’s ventilation system. The cabin air filter, filters the air entering the vehicle's cabin through heating and air conditioning. It ensures that there is a proper ventilation system for the health and safety of all passengers. Besides improving every passenger's health and quality of life, cabin air filters also help reduce vehicle maintenance costs. Dirty, contaminated air restricts airflow and forces a vehicle’s ventilation system to work harder. This causes air conditioners to operate less efficiently, reducing the vehicle’s horsepower. All these factors support the growing demand for cabin air filters.
Aftermarket Segment Is Expected to Dominate the Market Owing to the Entrance of New Players
The market is categorized into OEM and aftermarket based on end-user. The aftermarket segment is currently the largest shareholder and is anticipated to maintain its dominance in the global market.
The aftermarket segment in the market is surging owing to the entrance of new market players who are focused on providing good quality, reliable, and affordable air filters. The growing need for the aftermarket services such as maintenance, repair, and customization also indirectly supports the segment's growth. Moreover, OEMs are tapping into aftermarket services by expanding their core businesses in parts, repair, and maintenance services. For instance, in October 2022, Premium Guard Inc., one of the market leaders in aftermarket filtration solutions, introduced an all-new premium engine air filter solution, HIGHFLOW Premium Air Filters, for light-duty vehicles.
The premium air filter solution is designed to protect the engine and optimize vehicle performance without compromising the efficiency of internal engine components. The product is designed for high flow, high-capacity performance for 12,000 miles.
The OEM segment held a significant market share in 2022. The rising production of vehicles is a major factor driving the segment's growth. OEMs in the automotive industry primarily offer high-quality air filters to increase fuel economy and enhance passenger comfort. According to OICA’s report, passenger cars and commercial vehicles production in 2021 stood at over 80 million, a 3% increase over 2020. The upward trend of vehicle production, in turn, will increase the deployment of air filters over the forecast period.
Light Commercial Vehicle Led in 2022 Due to High Adoption of Filters
By vehicle type, the market is classified into passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, and heavy commercial vehicles. Increasing awareness about the benefits of air filters amongst the people to ensure fuel efficiency, and increase engine life, is anticipated to propel the growth of the passenger car segment. Also, increasing passenger car sales worldwide, especially electric vehicles, is also expected to drive the passenger car segment. In 2021, around 56.4 million passenger cars were sold across the globe, which is a nearly 5% increase over the previous year.
The heavy commercial vehicle segment is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% over the forecast period. The positive market outlook can be attributed to frequent air filter replacements in commercial vehicles. Rapid industrialization growing logistics industry are some of the reasons driving the sale of heavy commercial vehicles. In addition, the frequent use of heavy commercial vehicles for different industrial applications daily requires high maintenance for major components, including engines and air filters. Thus, regular use of such components results in high wear & tear, which contributes majorly to aftermarket services of the market.
The light commercial vehicle segment held a significant automotive air filter market share in 2022 and is growing at a CAGR of 3.7% over the forecast period. Air filters are witnessing significant adoption in light commercial vehicles to keep vehicles, drivers, and engines safe. Moreover, high commercial usage of pickup trucks and vans requires timely air filter replacement to ensure proper engine working. New product launches for light commercial vehicles will drive segmental growth. For instance, in September 2022, MANN-Filter expanded its product portfolio of air filters for light commercial vehicles offering 95% market coverage for vehicle fleets in the European market.
Asia Pacific Automotive Air Filters Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)
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Asia Pacific is the largest market in terms of value. It will dominate in the forecast period.
Asia Pacific’s market size dominated the global market in 2022 at USD 2.27 billion and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% through the forecast period. Growing demand for passenger cars across major Asia countries such as China, India, and Malaysia is leading to rising demand for air filters, thereby driving regional growth. The rise in pollution levels and the dire need to improve the air quality index further propel the demand for highly efficient air filters.
North America is expected to show significant growth over the forecast period. The positive market outlook can be attributed to increased vehicle sales, adoption of the latest technology, increasing demand for efficient & safe driving, and many others.
The rapid expansion of aftermarket services and the presence of leading automotive players are driving the Europe air filters market growth. Moreover, stringent government regulations to control vehicular emission levels and protect human health drive the demand for high-performing automotive air filters. In August 2020, Land Rover launched a new cabin air system to block harmful emissions entering its 4x4s. The new technology filters out harmful air particulates. The new cabin air purification system purifies and recirculates air within the cabin to keep drivers and passengers more healthy on the road.
Companies are Emphasizing on New Product Launches and Partnerships to Gain Competitive Edge
The companies are focusing on cost-reduction strategies, strategic partnerships, and acquisitions to enhance their product offerings. For instance, In October 2021, Honda Car, in partnership with Freudenberg, launched a new air filter to keep pollutants, harmful germs, and even viruses out of the vehicle to keep the occupants safe.
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The report provides an automotive application type market analysis and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, product/service types, and leading product applications. Besides, the report offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the factors above, the report encompasses several factors that contributed to the market's growth in recent years.
CAGR of 7.3% from 2023 to 2030
Value (USD Billion) & Volume (Thousand Units)
By Vehicle Type
By Product Type
As per the Fortune Business Insights study, the market size was USD 5.15 billion in 2022.
The market is likely to grow at a CAGR of 7.3% over the forecast period (2023-2030).
The air intake filter is expected to lead the market due to the development of high-performance filters to improve engine performance over the forecast period.
Some of the top players in the market are Mann+Hummel GmbH, K&N Engineering, Inc., Donaldson Company, Inc., and Cummins, Inc.
The Asia Pacific region dominated the market in terms of market size in 2022.
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