A report by industry research group Textiles Intelligence, “Automotive Fabrics: Expanding Opportunities in the Vehicles of Tomorrow,” traces the increasing application of fabric components in auto manufacturing—a trend likely to spur growth in the future. In 2000, the average weight of textile materials in a standard vehicle was 20 kg; today, it is 26 kg, and by 2020 it is expected to rise to 35 kg. The increase is driven by efforts to reduce vehicle weight, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as consumer demand for greater comfort and safety options. Woven and knitted fabrics will lead the growth in global markets for automotive fabrics, with nonwovens and recycled polyester becoming more important as new applications emerge. Order the report or electronic supplement via email.