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Automotive Fasteners: Trends and Market Forecasts to 2007

  • ID: 42955
  • Report
  • October 2003
  • Region: Global
  • ABOUT Publishing Group
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Despite their apparent design simplicity, fasteners are one of the most misunderstood parts of the vehicle. Selecting the wrong fastener for the job can lead to escalating vehicle warranty costs and potentially disastrous recalls. Indeed fastener failure is ultimately one of the main causes of vehicle recall campaigns in North America and Europe.

The humble fastener has evolved from a mere commodity to a highly engineered, multi-purpose component. While the most common techniques include mechanical fastening such as riveting, threading and welding, chemical fastening methods are increasing in importance.

Growth in the adhesives market is being driven by strong end-user demand and new product developments that enable adhesive compounds to increasingly serve as direct replacements for mechanical fasteners. Increased demand for high performance products that can replace mechanical fasteners and attach plastics, rubber and aluminium components are becoming more prevalent in new cars. The potential use of self-securing or ‘snap-fit’ solutions and the problematic field of bonding painted plastic parts together are also topical. Overall, vehicle makers are looking for more user-friendly fastening systems, which are economical to use.

Vehicle recycling is also a major challenge for the adhesives industry with respect to disassembly. Vehicle makers are looking for adhesives that will cure in seconds, hold that bond for the life of the car and then fall apart on command; a tall order. For all these reasons, the fastener manufacturer’s relationship with its material suppliers is critical.

Report coverage:

This report reviews the key market drivers for vehicle fastener systems. It provides analysis on a number of key areas, including:

-The market for automotive fasteners, determining the trends and topical issues;
-The main manufacturers serving the sector;
-Trends in key product and process technologies, both current and future;
-Market forecasts for mechanical and adhesive fastener volume demand through 2007; and
-OEM trends and rationale in adopting different types of fastening techniques.

Profiles of manufacturers/suppliers:

Emhart
Finnveden
ITW
LISI
Nedschroef
Nifco
Raymond
SPS Technologies
Textron Fastening Systems
TRW Engineered Fasteners
3M

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Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Defining the elements
Mechanical fastening
Chemical solutions
Market trends
Overview
Fewer fasteners per vehicle
Fastener manufacturers influence vehicle design
Other OEM trends and rationale in adopting different types of fastening techniques
Electronics triggers some fastener growth
More adhesives
Environmental concerns
Bonding plastics demands a re-think in technique
Transformation of fastening components on the horizon
Market players
Market forecasts

Chapter 3: Manufacturers
Emhart Fastening Teknologies
Finnveden
ITW
LISI
Nedschroef
Nifco
A.Raymond
SPS Technologies
Textron Fastening Systems
TRW Engineered Fasteners
3M
Others

List of tables
Table 1:Demand for automotive adhesives, Western Europe, North America, Japan, Asia-Pacific, South America, 2002 – 2007
Table 2: Market values for automotive fasteners in Western Europe, North America, Japan, Asia-Pacific and South America, 2002 – 2007
Table 3:LISI Automotive’s key financial performance, 2000 –2002

List of figures
Figure 1:Automotive fastener market shares in Europe, 2002

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- Emhart Fastening Teknologies
- Finnveden
- ITW
- LISI
- Nedschroef
- Nifco
- A.Raymond
- SPS Technologies
- Textron Fastening Systems
- TRW Engineered Fasteners
- 3M
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