Since the adoption of the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) strict emissions standards by a number of U.S. states, the mounting importance of sensors in managing vehicle emissions is expected to bolster the North American automotive sensors aftermarket. The biannual emissions testing, mandated by these standards, increases the likelihood of regular detection and replacement of failed sensors, invigorating the aftermarket, especially for oxygen and mass airflow (MAF) sensors.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (transportation.frost.com), North American Selected Automotive Sensors Aftermarket, reveals that revenues in this aftermarket totaled $179.7 million in 2004 and could reach $326.5 million in 2011.
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Increasing sales of light vehicles in North America is broadening the installed base of mass airflow (MAF) and oxygen sensors, leading to higher replacement potential.
“Advanced technology engines and diesel-powered vehicles, which are on the rise in the region, employ high-performance MAF sensors, although they are expensive,” says Frost & Sullivan Senior Industry Analyst Joerg Dittmer. “Some in-line, four-cylinder engines now have split exhaust manifolds, each equipped with an oxygen sensor.”
Nevertheless, lower accuracy limits original equipment installations for manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors. Their price advantage and continued use by General Motors, often in conjunction with MAF sensors, are the only factors that sustain their demand.
Although there has been a swell in the installed base of sensors, the potential in the replacement market remains hugely untapped.
“A considerable number of vehicles continue to operate with non-functional or less than optimally functional oxygen sensors,” notes Dittmer. “The sensors aftermarket can only thrive with the continued promotion of oxygen sensor replacement as a regular maintenance activity.”
Sales of sensors could face another challenge from new, longer-running vehicles. Manufacturers have been steadily working toward their goal of keeping automobiles trouble-free for one hundred thousand miles or more. This essentially limits the need for engine and emissions sensors replacements for these vehicles.
Regarding the price of automotive sensors, retailers and warehouse distributors have consolidated over the last few years, offering their suppliers considerable volumes, but compelling them to meet low-price expectations. Since remanufactured MAF sensors are available in large numbers, the pricing power of suppliers of new units is also restrained.
However, the introduction of technologically sophisticated and expensive automotive sensors has augmented the average price of sensors. In terms of the oxygen sensors aftermarket, the introduction of the more expensive wide-band and heated sensors is a price driver. In addition, the demand as well as narrow market participation and competition for replacement of MAP sensors have helped suppliers enjoy greater pricing freedom.
Next-generation single-chip MAP sensors also come at a higher price, and will affect aftermarket prices when they start generating replacement demand. Further, expensive MAP sensors that combine temperature and pressure will increase the weighted-average price of automotive sensors, thus strengthening the aftermarket.
North American Selected Automotive Sensors Aftermarket is part of the North American Automotive Aftermarket subscription. The study analyzes the North American aftermarket for selected automotive sensors, segmented into oxygen, MAP, and MAF sensors. It discusses the various market trends and opportunities while providing market share analysis, forecasts, drivers, restraints, and revenues. Analyst interviews are available to the press.
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