Automotive companies are using nanotechnology and nanomaterials to improve the performance of automobiles and to meet both consumer needs and regulatory requirements.
Nanomaterials are leading to enhancements in the structural, electrical, thermal, optical, magnetic and catalytic capabilities of technologies developed for the automotive industry and offer high performance, but environmentally friendly, alternatives to toxic and/or expensive materials.
Exploitation of nanomaterials covers an entire spectrum of applications from polishes, glass treatments and colour changing paint, nano-filled polymers and resins, and nanostructured ceramics and coatings, offering higher performance and/or additional functionality such as wear and erosion resistance, light-weighting, reduced friction, toughening, UV resistance, corrosion control and aesthetic enhancement, to batteries for electric vehicles and advanced electronics and sensors.
Applications of nanomaterials that have been identified for the automotive sector include:
- Conductive polymer nanocomposites.
- Li-Ion batteries for electric vehicles.
- Fuel cell and supercapacitor electrode materials.
- Thermal barrier coatings.
- Wear resistant coatings.
- ESD, EMI and RFI paints.
- Superhydrophobic coatings.
- Anti-fingerprint display coatings.
- Conductive adhesives.
- Electrically conductive coatings.
- Conductive fuel system components.
- Electrical packaging.
- Automotive exterior claddings.
- Olefin plastics for exterior parts.
- Fire retardant materials.
The report covers the main nanotechnology and nanomaterials suppliers and application developers in the automotive industry.
Table of Contents
1 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
- 1.1 COMMERCIAL IMPACT RATING SYSTEM
- 1.2 MARKET CHALLENGES RATING SYSTEM
- 2.1 Properties of nanomaterials.
- 2.2 Categorization.
3 THE GLOBAL MARKET FOR NANOTECHNOLOGY AND NANOMATERIALS IN the AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
- 3.1 MARKET DRIVERS AND TRENDS.
- 3.1.1 Environmental regulations
- 3.1.2 Lightweighting.
- 3.1.3 Increasing use of natural fiber composites.
- 3.1.4 Safety.
- 3.1.5 Cost.
- 3.1.6 Need for enhanced conductivity in fuel components.
- 3.1.7 Increase in the use of touch-based automotive applications.
- 3.2 APPLICATIONS
- 3.2.1 Composites.
- 3.2.2 Paints and coatings.
- 3.2.3 Tires
- 3.3 MARKET SIZE AND OPPORTUNITY.
- 3.3.1 Composites.
- 184.108.40.206 Total market size
- 220.127.116.11 Nanotechnology and nanomaterials opportunity.
- 3.3.2 Coatings
- 18.104.22.168 Total market size
- 22.214.171.124 Nanotechnology and nanomaterials opportunity.
- 3.4 MARKET CHALLENGES
- 3.5 APPLICATION AND PRODUCT DEVELOPERS43-86 (48 company profiles)
- Table 1: Categorization of nanomaterials.
- Table 2: Applications of natural fiber composites in vehicles by manufacturers
- Table 3: Applications in automotive composites, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof
- Table 4: Nanocoatings applied in the automotive industry.
- Table 5: Applications in automotive tires, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof
- Table 6: Application markets, competing materials, nanomaterials advantages and current market size in the automotive sector
- Table 7: Nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the automotive market-applications, stage of commercialization and estimated economic impact
- Table 8: Applications and commercilization challenges in the automotive market
- Table 9: Market challenges rating for nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the automotive market.
- Figure 1: Nanomaterials-based automotive components
- Figure 2: The Tesla S's touchscreen interface