The Brazil airbag system market is expected to register a CAGR over 6% during the forecasted period (2020 - 2025)
- Every day around 3,700 people are killed globally in road traffic crashes involving cars and busses. Road traffic injuries are the leading cost of deaths for children and young adults aged 5-29 years. Passenger safety is of the utmost importance to the government as well as the companies. Regulations towards consumer safety and security have made manufacturers install safety devices in the cars. The government of many countries has made usage of seat belts and airbags mandatory.
- CoVid-19 has a huge impact on the automotive airbag and seatbelt market as the automobile sales are very low. However after easing the lockdown, in the forecasted period the sales will increase substantially which will help the market grow.
- According to the Brazilian Health Ministry’s data on deaths compared to the size of country's car fleet, unsafe cars, along with dangerous driving habits, have resulted in a four times increase in the death rate than that of the United States. During the forecasted period, government regulations will help this market grow.
Key Market Trends
Raising demand for safety will fuel market growth
The global automotive industry growing slowly, and most economies started gaining momentum. By 2025 many developing countries are expected to have a high demand for cars, and improving the economy means more commercial vehicle sales. Brazil is one of the major exporters in Latin America. In 2019, the Brazilian market account for 2.7 million vehicle sales, which is expected to go up to 3.6 million sales in 2025. With government regulations in place and customer demand for vehicle safety, the Brazil airbag system market is expected to grow.
Curtain airbags are the fastest-growing segment of the automotive airbag and seatbelt industry. They are mounted on the side of the seat or the door, usually on the roof above the side window. In the event of a crash, curtain airbags are used to protect the adult’s head. It has been proven that curtain airbags reduce the driver fatality risk by 45%. Recently there has been a growing demand for pedestrian airbags. These are automatically deployed when an automobile is about to collide with a pedestrian. Increasing income levels and awareness about safety is expected to drive this market in the coming years. As per the current car safety standards, the Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) rates Brazil-5, India-3, and China-7 on a scale of one to ten. This rating is given on the basis of factors like the level of reach of different technologies in the market, the state of legislation, and consumer awareness levels. The Brazilian government has planned to launch a USD 50 million independent crash test centre in 2017 to enhance safety in automobiles.
The country has three manufacturing plants, dedicated to airbag production, by major companies, like Takata, Autoliv, and ZF TRW. Most of these plants are located in the southern region of the country. These plants as a whole manufacture over 80% of the total airbags produced in the country. Knee airbags would experience fast growth over the forecasted period. It is due to increase in demand of consumers for active leg protection and replacement of bolster seat.
Fierce Competition Leading to Low Cost Airbag System
The automotive industry in most of the world is the price-sensitive market, and customers look for speed and aesthetics. But there is a trend of demand for more safety. OEM’s are struggling to find a balance between cost, performance, and safety. OEMs have started offering driver airbags as a basic feature owing to regulatory bodies that previously came with additional cost. All the premium cars are equipped with airbags including knee airbags, rear passenger airbags, and more. There have been many instances where vehicles were recalled back due to faulty airbags and seatbelts. From 2000 to 2016, At least 22 people died from the defective Takata airbags, and hundreds have been injured due to exploding inflators. Takata Corporation filed for bankruptcy after recalling the malfunctioning airbags. Key Safety Systems has acquired this company. Key Safety Systems (KSS) has developed Inflatable Seat Belts, which can protect the shoulder and torso area on inflation. Besides, they are capable of being deployed within as less as 40 milliseconds in the event of a crash
This market is consolidated with major companies that are merging and acquiring other companies to maintain their position in the market. Key players in the market are Hyundai Mobis, ZF Friedrichshafen, Autoliv, DENSO Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Key Safety Systems, Continental AG. In 2016 TRW was acquired by ZF Friedrichshafen AG. There is a recent development in roof type airbags. The new bad in roof airbags has replaced passenger airbags which are located in the instrument panel to protect passengers. It is used in Citroen Cactus C4. There has been tremendous development in dual-stage airbags which are located at the location of seat belt and front seat, these airbags are used to prevent children and adults from getting injured during the collision. Since active safety systems are improving owing to the new technology, there might be a reduction in demand for passive safety systems like airbags and seatbelts in the future.
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