Automotive Filter Aftermarket to Exceed $4 Billion by 2021

Oil filters comprised the largest share of the North American automotive filter aftermarket

Aftermarket demand for automotive filters in North America is forecast to advance 2.4% per annum through 2021 to $4.1 billion. Sales will be boosted by:

  • Growth in the size of the region’s light vehicle park and the number of miles driven annually
  • High income levels in the US and Canada and rising income levels in Mexico
  • Ongoing consumer education efforts by manufacturers and automotive technicians regarding the replacement of cabin air filters
  • Increases in raw material and product prices
  • Relatively stringent environmental regulations in the US and Canada and the enactment and enforcement of stricter environmental controls in Mexico

Oil filters comprised the largest share of the North American automotive filter aftermarket in 2016, totaling $1.6 billion in sales and representing 44% of the market. These products hold a leading share of the market due to the frequency with which oil changes are performed (and the associated filters replaced) as a part of routine maintenance. These and other trends are presented in Automotive Aftermarket for Filters in North America, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

Engine air intake filters commanded the second largest share of regional aftermarket filter demand in that year, accounting for 31% of overall sales. This share of demand is down from a decade ago, reflecting product improvements that lengthen the useful lifespan of air intake filters.

More information about the study is available at Freedonia’s website.

About The Freedonia Group

The Freedonia Group is a leading international industrial research company publishing more than 100 studies annually. Since 1985, they have provided research to customers ranging in size from global conglomerates to one-person consulting firms. More than 90% of the industrial companies in the Fortune 500 use Freedonia Group research to help with their strategic planning. Additional Automotive & Transport studies can be purchased at, and

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GKD’s Porometric mesh named New Product of the Year at annual Advanced Filtration Technologies Conference

The American Filtration & Separations Society (AFS) named GKD-USA’s Porometric filtration mesh the 2016 New Product of the Year. The award was presented at the annual Advanced Filtration Technologies Conference on April 11 in Louisville, KY.

“We are thrilled and honored to be named the 2016 New Product of the Year,” said Peter Wirtz, general manager, GKD Solid Weave Business Unit. “The completely new Porometric mesh filter provides unprecedented advantages for efficient oil and gas exploration and water filtration.”

Porometic is GKD’s newest wire mesh developed using the proven GeoDict simulation software. This new type of mesh brings oil and gas exploration facilities more overall throughput at lower local pore velocities. For water and wastewater filtration facilities the mesh offers high permeability, low-pressure losses and a sharp particle retention rate.

“GKD is committed to bringing innovative woven metal technologies to the marketplace,” continued Wirtz. “We are proud to see our work in wire mesh acknowledged with such a prestigious award.”

The Advanced Filtration Technologies Conference was held in Louisville, KY from April 10-13 at the Galt House. The Global Filtration industry is projected to grow exponentially in the next five to ten years. To meet the ever increasing demand and regulations for clean and sustainable environment, it is necessary for the filtration industry to grow at an aggressive rate. The Advanced Filtration Technologies Conference addresses unmet market needs, advanced technologies in air, liquid and automotive filtration and the trends for future developments.

The American Filtration & Separations Society, a technical educational nonprofit organization started in 1987 to provide a forum for exchange of information among engineers, scientists, and technologists in all areas of the fluid/particle separation field. The AFS Society has predicated its existence on the dissemination of information, education, and the encouragement of research. In addition to education and professional advancements, members appreciate the opportunity to network and link with other industry professionals and peers. Many members feel that building these personal relationships contributes to their individual success.

GKD-USA, Inc., located in Cambridge, Md., is the North American division of Germany-based GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG, providing creative technological leadership in woven wire mesh for industry and architecture. GKD-USA operates four autonomous business units: SOLIDWEAVE woven structures for industrial applications, WEAVE IN MOTION process belts for industrial applications, METALFABRICS metal mesh for architecture and design and MEDIAMESH® transparent media façades.

The technical weaving mill with its headquarters in Dueren, Germany, is the world’s leading producer of woven wire mesh made of metal, plastic wires and fibers. Wherever challenging demands are placed on metallic meshes, GKD is the company to turn to since 1925.

MOGUL Madaline Fills the Gap in Nonwoven Fiber Technologies

Nonwovens producer Mogul, recipient of two IDEA Entrepreneur awards, has once again introduced a new product with unique nonwoven properties.  The new product, Madaline®, fills the gap in nonwoven fiber technologies by having the strength of a spunbond together with microfilaments with size equal to or smaller than that in meltblown fabrics.

Madaline uses a patented bico technology of polyester (PET) / polyamide (PA) for producing continuous filaments with multiple fiber geometries. The filaments can be extruded in two different filament shapes: “Hybrid Mix” or “Multi-Lobal.” These continuous filaments are subjected to high pressure water jets, which split them into filaments less than 5 microns while also entangling these fibers and consolidating them into a dense web. This process allows Madaline to be made without binders and avoids holes associated with needle-punch products.

The resultant Madaline fabric provides very efficient filtration properties with the strength of a spunbond. The combination of filtration properties and high strength will allow the use of lower weights at equivalent efficiencies, with lower pressure drop, which means reduced energy consumption and improved sustainability.

Additionally, the Madaline process produces mixed fibers, comprising both large and very small fibers throughout the web. Such a mixture of fiber sizes results in filtration properties of longer life and lower pressure drop with equivalent air efficiency compared to structures in which all the very small fibers are in a single layer. Envisaged filtration applications of Madaline are for liquid filtration applications and as a replacement for micro-glass for high end filtration.

Madaline is produced up to 200 gsm at web widths of 3000 mm. The product offers spot-to-spot uniformity for heightened reliability; also its continuous filaments mean reduced fiber migration thereby adding strength and ensuring freedom from lint. Due to microfilaments Madaline breathes well, which makes for good moisture management i.e., absorbing and speed of drying. The strong structure provides a fabric capable of multiple washes.  It also exhibits very good thermal insulation, wind resistance and UV protection.

In addition to filtration, Madaline can be made to be very soft and drapable for a wide range of other applications including textile applications (replacing woven and knitted fabrics), clothing, scratch free wipes, etc. Madaline can be finished with processes such as dying, printing and stitching, similar to textile fabrics.

The Madaline process produces a Polyester/Polyamide fiber, which is sometimes also referred to as a polyester/nylon bicomponent fiber.

The raw materials in the Madaline product complies with the requirements of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 of 14 January 2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food most recently amended by the Commission Regulation (EU) No 2016/1416 of 24 August 2016.

Berry Plastics’ Eugene Beck Joins Editorial Advisory Board

Eugene Beck has joined the International Filtration News’ editorial advisory board. Beck is Director Key Accounts Air Filtration for Berry

Eugene Beck

Plastics. He was most recently Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Filtration Group, responsible for domestic and international sales of high efficiency HVAC, turbine, and HEPA filtration products. He was previously General Manager at Moldan Nonwovens, and has extensive knowledge in nonwovens as related to HVAC air filtration. Areas of expertise include nanofiber composites, carded, meltblown, airlaid, spunbond, and carbon composite nonwoven air filter media and support scrims.

Beck began his 30 year career at American Air Filter, moved to National Sales Manager for Carpenter Company in Richmond, Va., and then started his own thermal bond nonwoven company manufacturing resin free bi-component fiber filter media. He has served as Associate Council President of NAFA hosting the annual technical seminar, and was a charter member of the CAFS program. He has a BSBM in Marketing from the University of Louisville.

Fundamentals for cleaner and healthier air

A World Bank study maintains that air pollution costs the world trillions of dollars a year and contributes to the premature death of millions of people a year around the world. Ambient air pollution remains the fourth leading cause of premature global deaths, causing lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems. Air quality problems are growing in many developing countries, whose development is being severely impeded by this, with more than 85% of the global population living in areas where World Health Organization (WHO) air quality guidelines are exceeded. According to WHO air quality guidelines, pollution should be restricted to a daily particulate matter of 25 micrograms per cubic meter. However, in February, Beijing and New Delhi typically see daily levels at or above 300 micrograms per cubic meter – 1,200% higher than WHO guidelines. Despite previous policy efforts that have been successful in reducing particulate matter and trace gases in North America and Europe, adverse health effects are still found at low levels of air pollution.

Governments, the private sector and people will all need to work together to find solutions to this prevailing problem. The nonwovens industry has been making tremendous strides in the development of more effective media for air filtration, to for example improve indoor air quality.

Visitors and exhibitors at INDEX™17, the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition held in Geneva from 4th-7th April 2017, will have the chance to hear from “Big Picture” speaker, Prof. Nino Künzli, Deputy Director, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Dean, Swiss School of Public Health, on the health effects of air pollution and the implications for policy makers, citizens and the industry. “The global scientific community has made enormous progress in understanding the health effects of complex air pollutant mixtures and the methods to quantify the public health impact are now widely used both globally and locally,” said Prof. Nino Künzli. “However, lining up policy actions with science to protect public health remains a challenge to be addressed by the global community of researchers, industry and policy makers.”

INDEX17 will take place in parallel to partner filtration conference and exhibition FILTREX™ for the first time this year. The free opening session of the conference on 5th April will feature keynote speaker Prof. Nino Künzli, who will put forward the key challenges and opportunities faced by the filtration industry, and renowned experts in the field will then discuss how these are being addressed, including through the use of nonwovens.

Key topics covered at FILTREX include:

  • Health effects of fine and ultra-fine particles on humans
  • Standardisation
  • Quality assurance and testing
  • Fibres for filtration media
  • Application oriented solutions
  • Innovations in nonwoven filtration media

Visitors from around the world will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the latest developments in nonwovens for filtration applications.

For more information on FILTREX@INDEX please go to the event page on the EDANA website or