A tire is an assembly of various components that are built on a drum and then press cured under pressure and heat. Around 200 materials are consumed in the manufacturing process of tires. The primary raw materials used in the production process of tires include natural rubber, synthetic rubber, steel cords, nylon tire cord fabrics, cords, carbon black, rubber chemicals, etc. Tires form an integral part of any automobile and are produced in different sizes and shapes depending on the applications they are used in. The tire industry is highly raw material intensive industry, where the costs of tire raw materials account for about three fourths of the tire industry turnover.
The raw materials used in the manufacturing of tires depend on the type of the tire and its intended applications. Usually tire types that are usually produced include tires for passenger car tires, light truck tires, trucks and bus tires, special vehicle tires and motorcycle tires. The composition of raw materials also depends on the geographical conditions where the proportion of natural rubber and synthetic rubber varies according to the vehicle type and road conditions. With the growth in demand for automobiles across the globe and specifically in Asia Pacific region the demand for tires is expected to grow further and consequently the demand for raw materials. The ballooning automobile industry in Asia Pacific countries such as China and India is expected to drive the demand for tires and tire raw materials globally. Replacement tires also constitute a major market for tire manufacturers. Also, Countries such as India, Indonesia, Malaysia have abundant natural rubber resources and these countries export natural rubber to different countries globally.
Other tire raw materials such as carbon black, nylon chords, steel chords are produced across the globe by different manufacturers. Nylon tire cords are mainly produced in Asia Pacific and exported to different tire manufacturers. Various types of adhesives and similar rubber products are used by tire manufacturers in the production process of tires. The demand for tire raw materials used for preparing tires for commercial vehicles and heavy commercial vehicles is expected to grow in the next few years. This demand for tire raw materials is expected to increase on account of growing construction and mining activities globally. Similar rise in demand from automobile tire manufacturers is expected to be seen in the next few years, with growth in the numbers of automobiles produced across the globe. With automobile manufacturers focusing on improved vehicular efficiency and lower emissions, tires are expected to play a vital role in making the vehicles cleaner and greener. Thus the demand for tires and subsequently tire raw materials is anticipated to grow in the near future.
In terms of demand Asia-Pacific was the largest market for tire raw materials followed by North America and Europe. Asian countries such as China, India dominated the demand for tire raw materials in Asia Pacific on account of growing automotive industry in this region. In North America, U.S was the major market followed by Canada and Mexico. The demand for tire raw materials is expected to witness strong growth from countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, Russia etc. in the next few years. The demand for tire raw materials from Europe is also expected to be high on account of growing automotive demand in this region.
Some of the major companies operating in the global tire raw materials market are SRF Limited, Bakaert Corporation, Kordsa Global, Hyosung Corporation, and MRF among others.
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