Automotive Coatings Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Automotive coatings manufacturers have experienced a bumpy five years. During the recession, steep declines in demand for new vehicle manufacturing caused severe declines for coatings manufacturers. In addition, consumers decided to forgo paint jobs for their vehicles. However, as new vehicle manufacturing increased after the recession, so did demand for automotive coatings. In the coming years, technological advances in coatings products will continue to boost demand for the industry, though profit will be pressured as input costs rise. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Automotive Coatings Manufacturing industry to its growing industry report collection.

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Demand for automotive coatings is rising as vehicle manufacturing continues to revive

The Automotive Coatings Manufacturing industry's performance has been streaky during the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to fall 0.7% annually on average over the five years to 2012, but it is expected to grow 3.5% in 2012 to $1.3 billion. The recession has had lingering effects on the industry, with consumers holding off nonessential vehicle alterations and new vehicle purchases, hurting demand for automotive coatings, says IBISWorld industry analyst Nima Samadi. At the onset of the economic turmoil in 2008, automakers had already been enduring crashing consumer demand for new vehicles. Things took a turn for the worse in 2009, though, as US vehicle sales fell to historic lows and motor vehicle manufacturing revenue plummeted. The severe decline in demand for new automobiles reduced the auto sector's demand for automotive coatings. However, motor vehicle manufacturing revenue has rebounded aggressively from 2009 to 2012. The success of the past few years has helped reinvigorate demand for automotive coatings from motor vehicle manufacturers.

The recession has also had lingering effects on the Car Body Shops industry (IBISWorld report 81112), which is a major market for automotive coatings manufacturers. Because consumers held off on essential repairs and pulled back on discretionary services like automotive coatings, this market segment reduced their purchases of automotive coatings during the recession, continues Samadi. Car body shops also derive revenue from customized coatings and finishes. Customized coatings are a discretionary luxury since paint and coatings are an aesthetic non-operational feature of a vehicle; as such, industry demand and revenue was hurt by drops in consumer and discretionary spending levels. However, industry demand has been encouraged by several new styles of automobile coatings, including coatings with ultraviolet light-cured finishes and coatings that incorporate nanotechnology.

Water-based coatings are the future of automotive coating technology and are expected to boost demand for coating customization, given their ease of use and lower potential cost once the technology is widely adopted. All of these factors will bode well for the Automotive Coatings Manufacturing industry. Industry firms will experience growing demand for their products over the next five years, prompted by an expanding economy. Revenue is expected to grow in the five years to 2017.

The Automotive Coatings Manufacturing industry carries a high level of market share concentration. In general, the industry is dominated by large corporations that compete on a global scale. However, the industry's two largest companies, PPG and DuPont, are both based in the United States and generate a majority of their revenue domestically. Additionally, many of these companies are general chemical suppliers that produce numerous products across various segments and for multiple industries. Over the past decade, these companies have leveraged their favorable economies of scale to acquire smaller coatings companies to incorporate into and expand their operations. Over the next five years, IBISWorld expects concentration to continue to grow as the market becomes increasingly more saturated and as larger firms continue to expand their domestic operations. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Automotive Coatings Manufacturing in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry manufactures various coating products to decorate and protect automobile surfaces against wear, weather and corrosion. After production, firms sell the final products to automotive manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and auto shops.

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Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
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Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
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Annual Change
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