The Market

The North American automotive parts and accessories market consists of about 4,500 companies and has annual revenues of over $220 billion. Major product categories are transmission and power train components, engines and engine parts, metal stamping, electrical equipment, seating and interior trim, and brake systems. Large companies include Delphi, Lear, Dana, Johnson Controls, and Eaton. Over 80% of companies employ less than 100 employees.  Industry sales are concentrated among the largest companies.  Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 suppliers all service the automotive OEMs such as Ford, Chrysler, and Toyota.  The demand for new and replacement parts is strongly affected by employment and interest rates. 

Critical Coating Issues

Teflon™ industrial coatings represent a key resource in the ongoing effort to create smoother-running and longer-lasting parts. Teflon™ offers a less expensive alternative for many applications, resulting in lower costs to the manufacturer and consumer. Teflon™ helps solve difficult production problems and enhances the performance of existing products. Use of Teflon™ contributes to higher production efficiencies and often helps address environmental issues effectively.

Key Benefits of Teflon™ Industrial Coatings

  • Low coefficient of friction
  • High chemical resistance
  • Extreme temperature resistance
  • Non-stick
  • Non-wetting surface
  • Electrically non-conductive

Typical Applications

  • Weld nuts/pierce nuts
  • Air conditioner pistons
  • Springs/hose clamps
  • Seat recliner springs
  • Carburetor parts
  • Intake valves
  • Clutch plates
  • Steering column slip shafts

Information Resources

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Industry public relations group, addressing public policy issues. 

Assembly Magazine
Industry news, product news, links.

Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA)
Segment news, facts, trade shows, news and events. 

Related Market Research Codes

SIC Codes: 3711, 3714

Related NAICS Code: 336111, 336311, 336211