The fifth-wheel coupling of the fifth wheel is a mechanical arrangement that provides the link between an articulated semi-trailer and the towing unit, tractor unit, leading trailer, or dolly. The coupling consists of a kingpin of 50.8-88.9 mm in diameter with a steel pin on the front of the semi-trailer and a horseshoe-shaped coupling equipment called a fifth wheel on the rear end of the towing unit. The surface of the semi-trailer (with the kingpin at the center) turns against the surface of the altered fifth wheel, which does not pivot. To lessen rubbing, oil is added to the surface of the fifth wheel.
The analysts forecast the global automotive fifth-wheel coupler market to grow at a CAGR of 7.3% during the period 2016-2020.
Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global automotive fifth-wheel coupler market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report uses a top down approach where the market is derived from the overall automotive fifth-wheel coupling application volumes
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
The report, Global Automotive Fifth-Wheel Coupler Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
- Fontaine Fifth Wheel
- Hitch Corner
Other prominent vendors
- Eidal International
- Tulga Fifth Wheel
- Developing infrastructure and mining activities demand heavy-duty trucks: APAC countries driving the market growth
- Lack of human intervention in maintenance and inspection of fifth-wheel coupling: Complexity in service and diagnostics
- Armored fifth-wheel designs for yard tractors: Stronger and simpler to maintain
Key questions answered in this report
- What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
- What are the key market trends?
- What is driving this market?
- What are the challenges to market growth?
- Who are the key vendors in this market space?
- What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?
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- Report coverage
- Top-vendor offerings
- Research methodology
- Economic indicators
- Key market highlights
- Value chain analysis
- Market overview
- Five forces analysis
PART 07: Market segmentation by geography
PART 08: Market drivers
PART 09: Market challenges
PART 10: Market trends
PART 11: Vendor landscape
- Competitive benchmarking
- Other prominent vendors
PART 13: Appendix
- List of abbreviations
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 01: Scope of the report
Exhibit 02: Definitions of the products and markets
Exhibit 03: Product offerings
Exhibit 04: Market highlights
Exhibit 05: Sectional-view of fifth-wheel coupler
Exhibit 06: Value chain in fifth-wheel coupler
Exhibit 07: Global automotive fifth-wheel coupler market 2016-2020
Exhibit 08: Global automotive fifth-wheel coupler market 2015-2020 (millions of units)
Exhibit 09: Five forces analysis of fifth-wheel coupler market
Exhibit 10: Market segmentation by application 2015 and 2020
Exhibit 11: Global fifth-wheel coupler market: RV trailers 2015-2020 (thousands of units)
Exhibit 12: Global fifth-wheel coupler market: Class 7 and 8 trucks 2015-2020 (millions of units)
Exhibit 13: Global fifth-wheel coupler market: Farm tractors 2015-2020 (millions of units)
Exhibit 14: Global automotive fifth-wheel coupler market: Geographic segmentation 2015 and 2020
Exhibit 15: Automotive fifth-wheel coupler market in Americas 2015-2020 (millions of units)
Exhibit 16: Automotive fifth-wheel coupler market in EMEA 2015-2020 (millions of units)
Exhibit 17: Automotive fifth-wheel coupler market in APAC 2015-2020 (millions of units)
Exhibit 18: Drivers in global automotive fifth-wheel coupler market
Exhibit 19: Top 10 mining project investments by country
Exhibit 20: Benefits offered to RV owners
Exhibit 21: Challenges in global automotive fifth-wheel coupler market
Exhibit 22: Trends in global automotive fifth-wheel coupler market
Exhibit 23: Benchmarking of vendors in global automotive fifth-wheel coupler market
Exhibit 24: Other prominent vendors
Exhibit 25: Product portfolio of Fontaine Fifth Wheel
Exhibit 26: Product portfolio of Hitch Corner
Exhibit 27: Product portfolio of SAF-HOLLAND
Exhibit 28: Product portfolio of JOST
The author of the report recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global automotive fifth-wheel coupler market: Fontaine Fifth Wheel, Hitch Corner, SAF-HOLLAND, and JOST.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Eidal International, and Tulga Fifth Wheel.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from the research team said: “Armored fifth-wheel designs for yard tractors will be a key trend for market growth. In the era of technological advances in fifth-wheel designs and configurations, Fontaine Fifth Wheel has introduced the Armor fifth-wheel for yard tractors. It is designed in a way that makes it stronger and simpler, and is protected from kingpin impairment. It can be ordered on new tractors or can be fitted to existing competitor brackets in the aftermarket. It is designed from the ground up to meet the unique demands of the market after a thorough life cycle testing at the company's R&D center in the US.”
According to the report, one of the key drivers for market growth will be increased agricultural practices leading to automation in farming. The demand for global agricultural equipment has fluctuated since the 2008 recession, but the market was flat in terms of production as well as revenues - especially in developed regions - but, demand remained positive in emerging nations. While the market felt the effects of the recession till late 2011, it witnessed significant growth in 2013 and 2014; however, the demand for agriculture equipment declined in 2015.
Further, the report states that given that fifth-wheel couplings are safety critical items, they should be visually inspected regularly as part of driver's daily walk-around check. Checking lubrication and visual inspection is the minimum requirement that can ensure that there are no evident bends and cracks and all the bolts holding the coupling onto the tractor unit are present. They should be treated in the same way as the vehicle's braking, suspension, and steering systems. Hence, we believe that such lack of proper inspection and service procedure questions the safety of the vehicle and challenges the growth couplings in the global market.
The study was conducted using an objective combination of primary and secondary information including inputs from key participants in the industry. The report contains a comprehensive market and vendor landscape in addition to a SWOT analysis of the key vendors.