Automotive ELSD Differential Market Key Players, Supply Chain and Analysis, Application, Market Drivers  2021-2031

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Automotive ELSD Differential: Introduction

  • The term ELSD stands for electronic limited slip differential. It bridges the gap between the full all-wheel drive (AWD) system and a two-wheel-drive differential system. This system delivers maximum tractive effort and improves drivability. It also enhances stability while cornering. Moreover, the ELSD offers higher torque capacity and greater control.
  • Furthermore, an automobile may face the loss of traction on different road conditions. There may be ice on the road, or the road may be slippery. This makes it difficult for a vehicle to navigate steadily on the ground. The wheels need more traction to go through such road conditions. Therefore, ELSD, or electronic limited-slip differential, eliminates such a situation while driving through different road conditions.

Key Drivers of Global Automotive ELSD Differential Market:

  • Rate of adoption of electronically controlled limited slip differential (ELSD) is increasing owing to its better efficiency, unlike mechanical differentials. The ELSD serves the necessity of the mechanical components with more efficiency and durability. Furthermore, it helps improve the overall fuel efficiency and hence, complies with several stringent emission norms, which is a major factor boosting the integration of such components in vehicles. This is likely to drive the automotive ELSD differential market across the globe.
  • Demands of consumers are changing and preference toward four-wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles is increasing in order to attain safety and vehicle dynamic levels. Moreover, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are focused on the development of these drive systems to cater to the changing requirement of end-users. Penetration of AWD and 4WD vehicles has been increasing drastically for the last few years, and it is expected to continue in the next few years. These drive systems require two or three differential assemblies to perform driving activities. Therefore, an increase in penetration of AWD and 4WD vehicles is expected to boost the automotive ELSD differential market in the near future.
  • Demand for commercial vehicles in developing nations, owing to urbanization and increased industrial production, is anticipated to increase significantly in the next few years. For instance, the commercial vehicle segment in the automotive industry in India witnessed considerable expansion of both light commercial as well as medium heavy commercial vehicle segments. Commercial vehicles are mostly rear wheel drive vehicles, which require high-performance differential assemblies to perform driving operations. Therefore, an increase in demand for commercial vehicles is anticipated to fuel the automotive ELSD differential market.

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Passenger Vehicle Segment to Offer Attractive Opportunities:

  • The passenger vehicle segment is likely to hold a significant share of the market by the end of the forecast period. This is attributed to a rise in the demand for utility vehicles in highly populated countries such as China, India, and Brazil.
  • High demand for e-class, crossovers, SUVs, and hatchbacks is driving the passenger vehicle segment, which in turn is likely to boost the automotive ELSD differential market. Rise in preference for private transport and buying power of consumers is driving the passenger vehicle segment of the market.
  • ELSD employs proprietary software that analyzes the data from numerous vehicle sensors. The software determines the optimum torque corrections. Subsequently, it calculates the required traction and distributes torque in order to improve handling.

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Challenges for Global Automotive ELSD Differential Market:

  • Advancements in technology have led to the integration of electronic components in vehicles in order to improve vehicle performance. In the case of differential, currently, mechanical components are getting replaced by electronic components such as electronic limited slip differential. However, several risks are associated with this technology, such as thermal systems and the risk of fire or component failure, which need to be cautiously assessed. Numerous safety aspects need to be considered regarding component electrification, including electric system safety, functional system safety, and vehicle maintenance, operation, and training.
  • The current challenges that hinder the popularity of electric components are the limitation of overheating and electronic failure of the component. Additionally, it is essential to examine the vehicle behavior, as these systems often fail, making them inefficient when compared to mechanical components used in ICE vehicles. Thus, the auto manufacturer needs to ensure that customers are provided with systems that operate efficiently in varied conditions to effectively promote the use of these electrical systems and components.

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Asia Pacific to Hold Significant Share of Global Automotive ELSD Differential Market

  • Asia Pacific is a highly populous region. The urban population across Asia Pacific is increasing consistently, which can be attributed to employment opportunities and increased standards of living in urban areas. This market in the region is projected to expand at a high pace, as the region comprises rapidly developing economies, such as China, Japan, India, South Korea, Thailand in the Asia Oceania region.
  • These countries are witnessing a huge growth of population. Availability of inexpensive labor, lenient regulations for environment and safety, increased FDI for the automotive industry in countries, such as India, and growing demand for vehicles have prompted OEMs, and system/component suppliers to shift their focus to the region. Furthermore, growing inclination toward all wheel and four wheel drive integrated vehicles in countries across Asia has increased the popularity of off-road vehicles and sports cars. These vehicles are equipped with one or two differentials, which ultimately increases the differential requirement per vehicle and consequently, propels the automotive ELSD differential market in the region.

Key Players Operating in Global Market:

The global automotive ELSD differential market is highly fragmented with top manufacturers across the global market. A few of the key players operating and potential in the global automotive ELSD differential market are:

  • Dana Incorporated
  • American Axle Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM)
  • BorgWarner Inc.
  • Continental AG
  • GKN plc
  • Johnson Electric
  • Eaton Corp. Plc
  • Hyundai Wia Corporation
  • JTEKT Corporation
  • Linamar Corporation
  • PowerTrax
  • Mitsubishi Group
  • Showa Corporation
  • Metaldyne Performance Group Inc.
  • Melrose Industries PLC
  • Schaeffler Group
  • ZF Friedrichshafen AG


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