Automotive cable capacity reached 150 million core-km per year as of 2016 - where is the sector heading next? - Integer
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Automotive cable capacity reached 150 million core-km per year as of 2016 – where is the sector heading next?

Posted On: 18-06-2018 By: Katherine Eveland

The automotive industry is undergoing a technological evolution. The market has moved towards more complex vehicles with new features like driver assist, active safety, and in some cases, autonomous driving capabilities. These advancements have a huge impact on demand and supply for the automotive wire and cable industry and producers have many questions about what this will mean for them going forward.

Integer’s latest Focus Report: The Market Automotive Wire & Cable  reveals that automotive cable capacity reached 150 million core-km per year as of 2016 and addresses questions as to what future capacity may be required going forward in the sector.

“We received a lot of questions about the automotive wire and cable industry recently. It’s a complex sector and cable makers are trying to unearth the trends and predict demand over the next decade.” says Integer Director, Philip Radbourne, “In response, we built an algorithm to map out the wire harness industry looking at harness in cars, model by model, class by class, looking at the number of circuits, cut wires, and tied in information we received from speaking to car companies to find out the types of materials they are using and where in the harness.”

Philp concludes, “We have found that cable makers trying to meet automotive OEM demand, are facing serious challenges in keeping weight down, challenges of space, as well as developing new materials such as copper alloys, and increased use of aluminium and new polymer materials used in the high voltage systems of Electric Vehicles (EVs).”

Integer’s analysis also reveals that the leading automotive wire and cable producers worldwide include companies such as Coficab, Leoni, Sumitomo Electric, Yazaki, Aptiv and Motherson Group. These companies each have at least 10 cable plants globally. Other leading producers include Prysmian, Beijing Force Auto Wire Group, Furukawa, the Chinese branded KBE Group, Nexans, Fujikura, Acome and the leading Korean producers Yura, Daewon and Kyungshin.

In an interesting move, leading European suppliers such as Gebauer & Griller, Huber & Suhner and Coroplast will see an expansion in their market share, as we see an acceleration of electronic wire in the next generation of wiring harness beyond 2020.

Integer’s report provides the most granular data and analysis on the sector to date and aims to help businesses operating in the sector understand where to invest their money over the next decade.

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Integer’s analysis looks at the entire supply chain – moving from vehicle production, wiring harness production, and demand through to cable production and demand.

To map out the wire harness industry, our analyst team built a custom algorithm looking at harness in cars, model by model, class by class, looking at the number of circuits, and cut wires.

This level of in-depth data is the first of it’s kind available on the market today.

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