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Europe, Asia-Pacific and UAE Aftermarket Shock Absorber Market

Europe, Asia-Pacific and UAE Aftermarket Shock Absorber Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Type and Vehicle Type : Regional Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2023 - 2032

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Author's: Tanmay Sharma | Lalit Janardhan Katare
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The Europe, Asia-Pacific and UAE aftermarket shock absorber market size was esteemed at $5,263.45 million in 2022 and is estimated to reach $10,289.46 million by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 7.2% from 2023 to 2032.

Report Key Highlighters:

  • The aftermarket shock absorber market study covers 24 countries. The research includes regional and segment analysis of each country in terms of value ($million) for the projected period 2023-2032.
  • The study integrated high-quality data, professional opinions and analysis, and critical independent perspectives. The research approach is intended to provide a balanced view of global markets and to assist stakeholders in making educated decisions in order to achieve their most ambitious growth objectives.
  • Over 3,700 product literature, annual reports, industry statements, and other comparable materials from major industry participants were reviewed to gain a better understanding of the market.
  • The aftermarket shock absorber market share is slightly fragmented, into several players including Brighel SRL, Diesel Technic SE, Ferdinand Bilstein GmbH + Co. KG, Gabriel, Koni, Partex Italia s.r.l., Roberto Nuti Group, Sampa, Way Assauto s.r.l., ZF Friedrichshafen AG (Boge), Hitachi Astemo, Ltd., Airtac International Group, Arnott Suspension Products, LKQ Corporation, KYB Corporation (KYB), Magneti Marelli Parts & Services (MARELLI), Tenneco Inc., ThyssenKrupp AG, and HL Mando Corp. These companies have adopted strategies such as product launches, product development, and others to improve their market positioning.

Europe, Asia-Pacific and UAE Aftermarket Shock Absorber Market

A shock absorbers are used in cars and light trucks with standard suspension systems. It provides optimum resistance by forcing hydraulic fluid through valves in the piston as it moves up and down, which dampens the movement of springs as they compress and rebound during transit. Without shock absorbers, vehicles would bounce continuously, making it difficult to regulate the movement of vehicles. Thus, shock absorbers ensure a comfortable ride, as well as improve the contact of tires with the road for better stability and control. 

Recently, shock absorbers have gained considerable momentum in the automotive aftermarket, where shock absorbers are sold separately from the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Aftermarket shock absorbers are generally not installed in the vehicle at the factory but are acquired and deployed later as replacements for worn-out or damaged original shocks. Further, aftermarket auto components are widely available through a range of channels and mediums, such as automotive parts stores, online retailers, and specialty shops. This ease of access makes it easier for consumers to find and purchase suitable replacements or upgrades. In addition, the aftermarket for shock absorbers is driven by numerous factors, such as vehicle age and wear, performance upgrades, customization & modification, and    market competition among various automotive brands.

Europe, Asia-Pacific and UAE Aftermarket Shock Absorber Market
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Twin Tube segment accounted for the highest market share in 2022

The Europe, Asia-Pacific, and UAE aftermarket shock absorber market is growing due to the increase in demand for passenger safety and comfort, along with the expansion of the automotive aftermarket industry. These factors are likely to promote the demand for aftermarket automotive components, including shock absorbers, due to the constant rise in vehicle aging and increasing rate of vehicle ownership. The acceptance of aftermarket components provides cost-saving benefits, as well as offers opportunities for vehicle customization and personalization. Moreover, the rise in the proliferation of online marketplaces and e-commerce platforms has made it easier for customers to access a broad range of aftermarket products and services. Online channels deliver convenience, competitive pricing, and a broad selection of products. These aforementioned factors are contributing to the growth of the aftermarket shock absorber market across the globe.

Europe, Asia-Pacific and UAE Aftermarket Shock Absorber Market
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Light Commercial Vehicle segment accounted for the highest market share in 2022

The Europe, Asia-Pacific and UAE aftermarket shock absorber market is segmented into type, vehicle type, and region. Depending on the type, the market is segregated into twin tubes and mono tubes. As a vehicle type, it is fragmented into large commercial vehicles, heavy commercial vehicles, trailers, and buses. Region-wise, the market is analyzed across Europe, Asia-Pacific, and UAE. Europe aftermarket shock absorber market is categorized into Germany, France, Italy, UK, Spain, Finland, Poland, Israel, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, and Rest of Europe. Asia-Pacific includes China, India, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Rest of Asia-Pacific.

Europe, Asia-Pacific and UAE Aftermarket Shock Absorber Market
By Region
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Asia-pacific 
Europe
UAE

Asia-Pacific would exhibit the highest CAGR of 7.8% during 2022-2032

With the considerable growth in vehicle ownership due to economic development and increasing disposable income, along with the increase in awareness about automotive suspension systems, this region takes a dominating lead in the Europe, Asia-Pacific and UAE aftermarket shock absorber market. In recent years, countries such as China, Japan, and India are projected to witness significant demand for shock absorbers in the aftermarket, owing to the increase in demand for vehicles. For instance, in July 2020, demand for commercial trucks and commercial vehicles increased, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Auto sales in China increased by 11.6% in June from a year earlier to 2.3 million units. Moreover, passenger vehicle retail sales in India have witnessed a growth of 62.90% in July 2021 to 261,744 units, according to the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA). Thus, a larger vehicle population often leads to higher demand for aftermarket components, including shock absorbers, which contributes to the expansion of the market. In addition, the surge in demand for smart transportation, and rise in concerns about the safety of vehicles and drivers, and the implementation of government regulations toward vehicle maintenance & tracking are the major factors responsible for the growth of the market.

While China dominates the market, other countries in the region, such as India and Japan, also present substantial growth opportunities in the Asia-Pacific aftermarket shock absorber market. China has been one of the largest automotive markets in the world. The increase in sales of automobiles in China is steadily expanding, which can drive the growth of the aftermarket automobile sector. For instance, industry data indicates that in 2023, sales of commercial vehicles in China increased by 20% year over year. Similarly, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers estimates that 3.26 million of these vehicles were sold domestically in 2023. China's automobile industry has been distinguished by its quick expansion, emphasis on electric mobility, and government subsidies. The Chinese EV market has expanded as a result of the government's substantial support and incentives for the adoption of electric vehicles.

According to the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), China has made exceptional progress by producing more than 90% of the world's electric buses and trucks in 2021. Thus, the constant growth in sales of automobiles has expanded the market for auto components, especially light commercial vehicles, creating opportunities for the aftermarket players in China. Furthermore, the presence of shock absorber manufacturing brands such as Shanghai Sachs Huizhong Shock Absorber Co. Ltd., and FAW-Tokico Shock Absorber Co. Ltd., and their developments drive the growth of the shock absorber market across the country.

Recent Developments in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and UAE Aftermarket Shock Absorber Industry

  • In June 2023, KONI introduced cutting-edge shock absorbers exclusively designed for the Tesla Model Y. The KONI Sport shock absorbers provide an ideal solution for those who demand the utmost precision and control. Also, the KONI Special ACTIVE shock absorbers effortlessly adapt to changes in terrain, offering a driving experience that instills confidence and pushes the boundaries of what's possible on the road.
  • In April 2023, ZF Friedrichshafen AG launched made-in-India TRW products such as shock absorbers, brake pads, and brake discs for the Indian passenger vehicle. The TRW range of shock absorbers consists of the latest technology relying on tried and tested processes.

Increase in demand for safety and comfort

The demand for comfort in driving experience such as handling, sitting structure, and aerodynamics has increased significantly in recent years. This has led to a rise in the need for better shock absorbers, which provide better stability for vehicles. Automobile manufacturers are also introducing new comfort features such as stability and reduced impact of bumps or speed breakers in their vehicles, which propels demand for shock absorbers. For instance, in March 2021, Transit, a prominent auto parts producer and distributor in Eastern Canada, launched TMC, a new line of shock absorbers for everyday vehicles. These shock absorbers adjust dynamically to the rod conditions, keeping the vehicle’s motion in check for the safety and comfort of all passengers.

Moreover, shock absorbers help to maintain vertical loads placed on tires by providing resistance to vehicle bounce, roll, and control. They also help reduce brake dives along with acceleration squats to achieve a balanced ride.  Also, aftermarket shock absorbers are designed to provide improved performance and stability during various driving conditions. Upgrading shock absorbers can enhance a vehicle's ability to handle sudden maneuvers, reducing the risk of accidents. Hence, these aforementioned benefits may fuel the widespread adoption of the aftermarket shock absorber market, especially among consumers seeking to take advantage of cost savings.

Expansion of the automotive aftermarket industry

The aftermarket for automotive parts is auto components and parts installed after the vehicle leaves the company. This industry includes car components, replacement tires, equipment, service repair, collision repair, and accessories sold after the sale of vehicles. It covers companies that manufacture, distribute, retail, install, and remanufacture all types of automobile parts and accessories. Due to technology improvements, digitalization of vehicle repair and component sales has emerged, which has supported the growth of the automotive aftermarket industry.

Furthermore, automotive aftermarket companies aggressively expand their business to increase their footprints in the global market. For instance, in December 2023, Infosys proclaimed a five-year collaboration agreement with LKQ Europe, a leading distributor of automotive aftermarket parts for cars, commercial vans, and industrial vehicles in Europe. Under this collaboration, Infosys is likely to assist in integrating and standardizing contrasting business processes and systems, to enable synergies and attain economies of scale. Similarly, in February 2020, the "Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice." campaign was established by MotoRad in collaboration with the Auto Care Association and Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). This was established to inform car owners regarding data that their vehicles generate, including critical repair and maintenance data. As a result, awareness about periodic vehicle maintenance is increasing significantly, increasing the demand for shock absorbers.

Furthermore, the growth rate of online parts sales has consistently been increasing year by year. Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, customers are opting for e-commerce channels to purchase automotive spare parts. Companies across the globe have started using online sales channel/e-commerce channels to cater to their clients in the aftermarket. Thus, this pandemic has created growth opportunities for market players in the automotive aftermarket industry, which also supports the shock absorbers market.

Europe, Asia-Pacific and UAE Aftermarket Shock Absorber Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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By Type
  • Twin Tube
  • Mono Tube
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By Vehicle Type
  • Light Commercial Vehicle
  • Heavy Commercial Vehicle
  • Trailers
  • Buses
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By Region
  • Europe 
  • Asia-Pacific 
  • UAE 
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Key Market Players

BRIGHEL SRL, ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG, SAMPA, LKQ CORPORATION, KYB CORPORATION, ARNOTT SUSPENSION PRODUCTS, DIESEL TECHNIC SE, GABRIEL, MAGNETI MARELLI PARTS & SERVICES, KONI, HL MANDO CORP., HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD., AIRTAC INTERNATIONAL GROUP, PARTEX ITALIA SRL, WAY ASSAUTO S.R.L., ROBERTO NUTI GROUP, FERDINAND BILSTEIN GmbH + CO. KG, TENNECO INC.

Analyst Review

According to the leading CXOs, the aftermarket shock absorber market is expected to witness significant growth globally, due to the rise in the deployment of advanced suspension systems in the aftermarket for comfort and safety and the rapid development of commercial vehicles. The market growth is accompanied by numerous developments carried out by top aftermarket providers of shock absorbers, including such as Airtech, Pega, Febi, Roberto Nuti Group, and Sampa, which has led to the growth of the market.

Moreover, regulatory changes in vehicle safety standards may further propel the growth of the market. For instance, in February 2022, India planned to roll out its vehicle safety standards, paralleling similar programs operating worldwide, in a renewed push towards enhancing road and vehicle safety in the country. The Bharat New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) is likely to glance at the safety of new vehicles and assign star ratings on their safety and sturdiness, in compliance with Global NCAP and European NCAP car safety programs. Such regulatory changes are likely to supplement the growth of the market. 

With larger requirements for aftermarket shock absorbers, service providers introduced various strategies, such as product launch and development, partnership, acquisition, collaboration, and business expansion, to strengthen their market position capabilities. Among these, product launch is a leading strategy used by prominent players such as ZF Aftermarket. For instance, in April 2023, ZF Aftermarket introduced three new TRW products in India as part of its expansion plan to support one of its key business areas in the independent aftermarket. The products introduced in the Indian market include TRW shock absorbers, now manufactured in India, along with TRW brake discs and brake pads. Such product launches and developments are projected to pave the growth opportunities of the market.

The key factor that drives the growth of the market is the increase in demand for passenger safety and comfort, the rise in demand for lightweight automotive shock absorbers, and the expansion of the automotive aftermarket industry. However, the high maintenance cost of advanced suspension systems is the factor likely to hinder the market growth. Furthermore, the growing electric vehicle industry is expected to provide remarkable growth opportunities for players operating in the aftermarket shock absorber market.

Among the analyzed regions, Asia-Pacific is expected to account for the highest revenue in the global market throughout the forecast period, followed by Europe. On the other hand, Asia-Pacific is also expected to witness the highest growth rate owing to the increase in income, the rise in purchasing power, and lifestyle changes, owing to rapid urbanization and the increase in awareness about automotive suspension systems. In addition, countries such as China, Japan, and India are projected to witness significant demand for shock absorbers in the future, owing to the increase in demand for vehicles. This is likely to boost the Asia-Pacific market for aftermarket shock absorbers.

The Europe, Asia-Pacific and UAE aftermarket shock absorber market is segmented into type, vehicle type, and region. Depending on the type, the market is segregated into twin tube and mono tube. As a vehicle type, it is fragmented into large commercial vehicles, heavy commercial vehicles, trailers, and buses. Region-wise, the market is analyzed across Europe, Asia-Pacific, and UAE. Europe aftermarket shock absorber market is categorized into Germany, France, Italy, UK, Spain, Finland, Poland, Israel, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, and Rest of Europe. Asia-Pacific includes China, India, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Rest of Asia-Pacific.

Author Name(s) : Tanmay Sharma | Lalit Janardhan Katare
Frequently Asked Questions?

The Europe, Asia-Pacific & UAE aftermarket shock absorber market size was esteemed at $5,263.45 million in 2022 and is estimated to reach $10,289.46 million by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 7.2% from 2023 to 2032.

The increase in demand for safety and comfort and the expansion of the automotive aftermarket industry are expected to drive the growth of the Europe, Asia-Pacific & UAE aftermarket shock absorber market.

The twin tube type segment is the most influencing segment growing in the Europe, Asia-Pacific & UAE Aftermarket Shock Absorber Market report

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Europe, Asia-Pacific and UAE Aftermarket Shock Absorber Market

Regional Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2023 - 2032