Global Automotive Clutch Market to Reach US$ 19.9 Billion by 2032, Fueled by Increasing Adoption of Manual Transmissions

August 25, 2023 | Automotive Industry

According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “­­Automotive Clutch Market Report by Vehicle Type (Passenger Vehicles, Commercial Vehicles), Transmission Type (Manual Transmission, Automatic Transmission, Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), and Others), Clutch Type (Friction Clutch, Dog Clutch, Hydraulic Clutch, and Others), Clutch Disk/Plate Size (Below 9 Inches, 9 Inches to 10 Inches, 10 Inches to 11 Inches, 11 Inches and Above), Distribution Channel (Aftermarket, OEM), Material Type (Ceramic, Organic, and Others), and Region 2024-2032,” the global automotive clutch market size reached US$ 13.1 Billion in 2023. An automotive clutch is a critical component in vehicles equipped with manual transmissions. It is responsible for engaging and disengaging the power transmission between the engine and the gearbox, allowing the driver to change gears smoothly while driving. The clutch consists of a friction plate, pressure plate, and release bearing. When the driver pushes on the clutch pedal, the friction plate disengages from the flywheel, interrupting the gearbox's power flow and enabling gear changes without stalling the engine. Upon releasing the clutch pedal, the friction plate makes contact with the flywheel again, re-establishing the power transfer. Automotive clutches come in various types, including single-plate, multi-plate, and dual-clutch systems, each designed to cater to specific vehicle applications and driving conditions. With the growing automotive industry and an increasing preference for manual transmissions in certain markets, the global automotive clutch market is witnessing significant growth.


Global Automotive Clutch Market Trends:

The global automotive clutch market is experiencing substantial growth, primarily propelled by the increasing adoption of manual transmissions in emerging markets. Manual transmissions are cost-effective and offer better fuel efficiency, making them a preferred choice for budget-conscious consumers. In addition to this, the bolstering expansion of logistics and transportation and the increasing use of manual transmissions in commercial vehicles, such as heavy-duty trucks and buses, due to their durability and torque handling capabilities, is contributing to the market's growth. Furthermore, significant technological advancements in clutch materials and designs resulting in improved performance and durability and the development of advanced friction materials that can withstand high torque loads and offer better engagement characteristics are presenting lucrative opportunities for market expansion. Concurrent with this, the expanding shift towards hybrid and electric vehicles (H/EVs) that incorporate clutches in their drivetrains for specific functions is contributing to the increasing demand for automotive clutches. Moreover, the introduction of favorable government regulations regarding emissions and fuel efficiency standards urging automakers to explore various powertrain options, including mild hybrid systems that require advanced clutch solutions to optimize the power transfer between the engine and the electric motor, is strengthening the market growth. Looking forward, the market value is projected to reach US$ 19.9 Billion by 2032, expanding at a CAGR of 4.6% during 2024-2032.

Market Summary:

  • On the basis of the vehicle type, the market has been bifurcated into passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles. Currently, passenger vehicles dominate the market, holding the largest share.
  • Based on the transmission type, the market is classified into manual transmission, automatic transmission, automated manual transmission (AMT), and others. At present, manual transmission holds the majority of the global share.
  • On the basis of the clutch type, the market has been divided into friction clutch, dog clutch, hydraulic clutch, and others. Currently, friction clutch holds the largest market share.
  • Based on the clutch disk/plate size, the market is segregated into below 9 inches, 9 inches to 10 inches, 10 inches to 11 inches, and 11 inches and above. Among these, below 9 inches represent the biggest market segment.
  • On the basis of the distribution channel, the market has been distinguished into aftermarket and OEM. Amongst these, OEM accounts for the largest market share.
  • Based on the material type, the market is categorized into ceramic, organic, and others. Presently, ceramic is the most popular market segment.
  • On a regional basis, the market has been segmented into North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa. Currently, Asia Pacific enjoys the leading position in the market.
  • The competitive landscape of the market has also been examined, with some of the key players being Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., Magneti Marelli S.p.A., Schaeffler Group AG & Co., ZF Friedrichshafen AG, BorgWarner Inc., Valeo, Eaton Corporation Inc., WABCO Holdings Inc., EXEDY Corporation, F.C.C. Co. Ltd., NSK Ltd., AMS Automotive LLC, APLS Automotive Industries Pvt. Ltd., JATCO Ltd., Allison Transmission Inc., and FTE automotive GmbH.

Report Coverage:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Units US$ Billion
Segment Coverage Vehicle Type, Transmission Type, Clutch Type, Clutch Disk/Plate Size, Distribution Channel, Material Type, Region
Region Covered  Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Companies Covered Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., Magneti Marelli S.p.A., Schaeffler Group AG & Co., ZF Friedrichshafen AG, BorgWarner Inc., Valeo, Eaton Corporation Inc., WABCO Holdings Inc., EXEDY Corporation, F.C.C. Co. Ltd., NSK Ltd., AMS Automotive LLC, APLS Automotive Industries Pvt. Ltd., JATCO Ltd., Allison Transmission Inc., and FTE automotive GmbH
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