October 15, 2018 - Automotive

3 Industry Trends That Impact Automotive Seating

With the automotive seating market forecast to reach $73.03 billion by 2025, it’s important for manufacturers to understand certain industry trends that impact seating.

#1: Weight Reduction

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions and improve the environment, manufacturers are pressured to increase fuel efficiency and decrease a vehicle’s overall weight. To do this, each part of the vehicle must be reassessed for weight reduction opportunities. Seating is no exception.

To reduce seat weight, manufacturers are turning toward lightweight yet durable materials that can withstand the demands of frequent use without adding much to the vehicle’s weight. These often include web adhesives, foams and other lightweight, breathable materials.

automotive seating#2: Autonomous Cars

Autonomous vehicles are predicted to significantly impact a vehicle’s interior, especially with regards to seating arrangements. This is due to the driver becoming the passenger; interior seating will no longer have to be in rows facing forward and can become a living space instead. As a result, seating manufacturers are using this opportunity to develop innovative seating specifically for autonomous vehicles.

#3: Technological Advancements

Additionally, technological advancements with regards to electrical components are impacting automotive seating. For example, seating is now accommodating passenger preferences for:

  • Heating
  • Massage
  • Ventilation

Going even further, certain manufacturers are capitalizing on increase sensor use and technological capabilities to be able to assess information about the driver to ensure seating is adjusted to their specific needs.

When considering how automotive seating is impacted by ongoing trends in the industry, it’s important to think about the materials used in its creation. Bostik, an Arkema company, designs innovative automotive seating adhesive products that address automotive trends and improve car durability overall. To learn more about these solutions and receive industry-specific information, sign up for our email list.

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