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.

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