Cost-efficiency Proves Vital for Growth in Shrinking North American Class 4-8 Select OE Wheel-end Components Market

High-quality standards, targeted positioning and pricing will help offset the challenge posed by foreign participants, finds Frost & Sullivan

Dec 02, 2015, 09:30 ET from Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Revenues in the mature North American class 4–8 select original equipment (OE) wheel-end component market will dip, due to low product differentiation and the increasing penetration of air disc brakes (ADBs) in class 8 trucks. Profit margins of tier I suppliers will taper further with the entry of low-cost foreign vendors in a price-sensitive market. However, OEMs are hopeful that the popularity and lower cost of drum brakes will help them beat back the competition from ADB vendors, while the creation of standard and premium product lines will ease the pricing pressures somewhat.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Analysis of the North American Class 4–8 Select OE Wheel-end Components Market (, finds that the market earned revenues of $275.5 million in 2014 and estimates this to decline to $237.2 million in 2022 due to lower truck production volumes and the rise in ADB penetration in Class 8 trucks.

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"Government policies regulating stopping distances will steer advancements in brake technology, thus bringing the performance attributes of drum brakes on par with ADB," said Frost & Sullivan Intelligent Mobility Senior Industry Analyst Wallace Lau. "Drum brake technology providers will continue to invest in innovation and enhanced performance capabilities to compete head on with ADBs in the trucking industry."

To maintain a competitive edge, OE wheel-end component manufacturers need to push for technological advancements, particularly in terms of superior performance, lower weight and smaller form factor. Manufacturers can also promote the lower total cost of ownership (TCO) to spur the adoption of high-margin, quality products and strengthen brand value.

"Higher standards of quality along with targeted positioning and pricing of domestic wheel-end components will help counter the challenge posed by foreign participants," noted Lau. "Private labeling can prove another astute strategy to determine the top manufacturers in the North American OE wheel-end component market."

Strategic Analysis of the North American Class 4–8 Select OE Wheel-end Components Market is part of the Automotive & Transportation ( Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan's related studies include: Global Medium- and Heavy-Duty Low-Cost Truck Market, Passenger Car Braking Technology and Innovations in North America and Europe, and Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) Market for Passenger Cars in Europe and North America. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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