Optimizing fuel efficiency by reducing the overall weight of vehicle driving the Automotive Interior Materials Market

(MENAFN – GetNews) Automotive Interior Materials Market by Type (Synthetic Leather (PU & PVC), Genuine Leather, Polymers, Fabric), Vehicle Type (Passenger Vehicles, Light Commercial Vehicles, Heavy Commercial Vehicles), Region

The global automotive interior materials market is estimated to be USD 46.63 in 2018 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.5% to reach USD 55.41 billion by 2023. The increasing demand is attributed to the growing automotive industry in emerging regions. Players in this market are adopting various organic and inorganic strategies to expand their presence in emerging markets, such as India, China, Thailand, and Brazil.

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The introduction of government regulations for vehicle safety, reduction of carbon emission, and lightweight of vehicles is forcing OEMs to provide enhanced safety features in vehicles and use materials that will help in an overall weight reduction of the vehicle. According to EPA, every 100 pounds taken out of the vehicle increases the fuel economy by 12%. This is achieved by making the upholstery flexible and light yet tough to replace with the similar volume of plastic, as plastic components have a higher mass compared to the textile. Thus, replacing plastic with lighter interior materials results in an overall reduction in vehicle weight and at the same time maintaining the safety standards of the vehicle. Hence, manufacturers are encouraged to use automotive interior materials.

Polymers are the most widely used type of automotive interior material

The polymers segment accounts for the largest share of the overall automotive interior material. Automotive interior polymers are used in the manufacture of lightweight and durable interior components. The use of components manufactured with these lightweight polymers helps reduce the overall weight of the vehicle and makes it fuel-efficient.

Passenger vehicles are projected to be the fastest-growing segment in the overall market

The automotive interior materials market in the passenger vehicles segment is projected to witness the highest growth during the period between 2018 and 2023. This vehicle type is also estimated to account for the largest share of the overall interior materials market. This high growth is attributed to the rapidly increasing demand for passenger vehicles. Improving living standards, rising economic conditions, and higher incomes are leading to the increasing demand for passenger vehicles.

APAC is the global leader in the automotive interior materials market. China, India, and Southeast Asian countries are witnessing a significant increase in the use of automotive interior materials for different vehicle types. The production of an automobile is increasing in the region with the growing demand for vehicles. With improving standards of living, the demand for fuel-efficient automobiles is rapidly growing.

The automotive interior materials industry has several global players competing for a share of the market. These companies are actively investing in various strategies, such as expansions, new product developments, mergers & acquisitions, and joint ventures projects, to increase their market shares. Adient plc (Ireland), Toyota Boshoku Corporation (Japan), Lear Corporation (US), Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. (Japan), Faurecia S.A.

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House backs bill to boost ‘clean energy,’ enhance efficiency

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a modest bill to promote “clean energy” and increase energy efficiency while phasing out the use of coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are considered a major driver of global warming.

The bill boosts renewable energy such as solar and wind power, sets stricter energy efficiency standards for buildings and authorizes grants to local communities for more efficient schools, homes and municipal buildings.


The House approved the bill, 220-185, Thursday, sending it to the Senate, where a separate energy bill is pending. The Senate bill, like the House measure, would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, that are used as coolants, after an internal dispute among Senate Republicans was resolved earlier this month. Use of HFC gases is being phased out worldwide.



“I want to give a clear-eyed assessment: This bill is not going to stop climate change,” said Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. “But it is a good opportunity to make good and sometimes necessary changes to programs, which might make it easier to do a bigger, more ambitious bill in the near future.”


The House bill, dubbed the “Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act,” would support clean energy technologies through research and development funding through the Energy Department. It also boosts electric cars and programs to finance clean energy projects.

Supporters said it would create well-paying jobs across the country and help the U.S. transition to a “clean energy future” that is less dependent on fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas.


The bill would authorize more than $36 billion to help speed up the electrification of the transportation sector and make electric cars an option for more communities. It also authorizes funding for “clean” school buses, electric vehicle charging equipment and other zero-emission vehicle programs.

Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., chairman of

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House Backs Bill to Boost ‘Clean Energy,’ Enhance Efficiency | Business News

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a modest bill to promote “clean energy” and increase energy efficiency while phasing out the use of coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are considered a major driver of global warming.

The bill boosts renewable energy such as solar and wind power, sets stricter energy efficiency standards for buildings and authorizes grants to local communities for more efficient schools, homes and municipal buildings.

The House approved the bill, 220-185, Thursday, sending it to the Senate, where a separate energy bill is pending. The Senate bill, like the House measure, would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, that are used as coolants, after an internal dispute among Senate Republicans was resolved earlier this month. Use of HFC gases is being phased out worldwide.

“I want to give a clear-eyed assessment: This bill is not going to stop climate change,” said Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. “But it is a good opportunity to make good and sometimes necessary changes to programs, which might make it easier to do a bigger, more ambitious bill in the near future.”

The House bill, dubbed the “Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act,” would support clean energy technologies through research and development funding through the Energy Department. It also boosts electric cars and programs to finance clean energy projects.

Supporters said it would create well-paying jobs across the country and help the U.S. transition to a “clean energy future” that is less dependent on fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas.

The bill would authorize more than $36 billion to help speed up the electrification of the transportation sector and make electric cars an option for more communities. It also authorizes funding for “clean” school buses, electric vehicle charging equipment and other zero-emission vehicle programs.

Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the legislation would “modernize our energy system, create jobs and take positive steps towards addressing the climate crisis.” He called it “one of the most impactful steps we can take now to create manufacturing jobs and boost our competitiveness, all while protecting our environment.”

Pallone said he and other lawmakers who pushed for the energy package tried to “move provisions we believe have a shot at becoming law this Congress” after negotiations with the Senate.

House Republicans disputed that, saying the bill would cost more than $135 billion while including no serious reforms.

“Don’t be fooled by its name — this bill has little to do with innovation and everything to do with House Democrats’ embrace of their high-cost Green New Deal,” Republican Reps. Greg Walden of Oregon, Rob Bishop of Utah and Frank Lucas of Oklahoma said in a joint statement. Walden is the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce panel, while Bishop leads the GOP on Natural Resources and Lucas is the top Republican on the House Science panel.

While many Democrats have expressed support for the Green New Deal — a non-binding but

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The Effects of Energy Efficiency Home Improvement

If you own a home that you sometimes find draughty and expensive to heat – then you could benefit from carrying out energy efficient home improvements. An energy efficient home is not only more environmentally responsible, it is also much more economical in the long run. When you take steps to stop air leaks and improve the insulation in your attic, basement and walls, these steps can mean your house stays warmer and you are more comfortable through the winter months when those cold winds seem to seep in from the outside.

Be assured, steps taken to improve energy efficiency is likely to be far more beneficial than you realize particularly in an older home. Indeed, effects are likely to be as far reaching as helping to create a viable home performance industry while improving our environment.

What is energy efficient home improvement?

Energy efficient home improvement is about creating a home that is comfortable and uses less energy to heat and cool, because it is well sealed against air leaks and well insulated against heat transfer. When a home is poorly insulated, the use of a heating system can be undermined by loss of heat through lack of insulation in the walls and attic, poorly fitted windows and doors that let in draughts and so on. By taking measures to correct these problems, you'll be able to improve the energy efficiency of your home – and that can mean significant savings on energy bills. The following are some of the ways in which you can improve the energy efficiency of your home:

Diagnostic Tools The best way to address problems in older homes or homes that have few energy efficiency measures taken during construction is through running some diagnostic tests to find the home's 'weak points' when it comes to energy efficiency. These tests can assess how tightly the home is sealed and pinpoint the locations where hot air is escaping from the home. These tests examined areas such as ductwork systems, attics / roofs, basements, exterior wall cavities, utilities entry points and so on. Ultimately, the tests will determine how efficient or inefficient for that matter your home is; Whether you have drafts that is allowed to come in unhindered, whether or not you have insulation in your attic or walls and whether you have insulating windows and well sealed doors etc.

Window insulations – When you have windows that are not insulated, you can experience loss of heat in two ways. First, if your windows are older (such as on a traditional, character home) then you may get heat loss via gaps or spaces around the window. Second, the home may have single glazed windows which lose heat via heat transfer. The Repairing or replacing of older windows with energy efficient ones can help to prevent further loss of heat; which in turn can improve the comfort of your home. To address the second issue, you may opt to have the windows double or triple glazed (using …

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Kitchen Cabinets: Spacious Kitchen For Extreme Efficiency

From the past few years, a kitchen has become a central part of a house where the whole family gathers, eats and various household chores take place. As it has become so important, it should be designed keeping all factors in mind especially space and storage. Even if you know exactly what your kitchen must look like, building space is quite a feat.

How many cabinets will you need? How much storage options you can install without compromising with current space? What do you need to store in those cabinets and drawers? Whether you are up for remodeling or just reorganizing? All of these questions need to be asked before hammering a nail. Some of the guesswork can be eliminated with ways listed below:

  • Determining Functions of your Kitchen

The kitchen is the area where you have to work on each and every detail so that you can make use of every inch of space and that can be done from the starting. Decide different cabinet's functions on its closeness to other appliances. Once you have made your decision to keep your big appliances exactly where you want, you can figure out what your cabinets are going to hold: dishes, spices or wine.

A smart kitchen master always knows where to keep spices or other daily useful items. If you have silver drawers, they are easy to clean when placed near the dishwasher and sink. Spices kept in a drawer near to the cooktop can help in cooking way faster. Items that not needful, can be placed in a cabinet far from prep area or where cooking takes place.

Make use of storage inserts and organizers to make the purpose of each drawer and cabinet crisp and clear. For storing spoons, ladles, servers, etc. you can use various organizers. Also, you can leverage upon sponge trays, silverware organizers and trash pullouts as they are quite helpful. Always keep in mind, while installing cabinets and drawers, you can mix and match items whenever you feel like.

  • Drawer or Cabinet?

Whenever you are remodelling your kitchen with a motive to make it spacious, you need to see whether your kitchen is big or small. Professional architects and interior designers prefer using deep, wide drawers as they are more useful than cabinets. They allow making use of entire space and depth. Pulling a drawer is more comfortable instead of lowering down or climbing up to reach a cabinet. But that's not the case always!

If your kitchen is already spacious, you can build bigger cabinets to store expensive cookware or appliances that you do not use in daily routine. You can also opt for deep drawers. Whereas if you own smaller kitchen, a cabinet would be perfect instead of a drawer. Here, you can install sleek and narrow drawers to keep table linens and nice silverware plates.

To occupy every space whether it is beside a refrigerator or below the counter, adding a drawer or a small cabinet can contribute in giving more …

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