The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in lightweight acoustic fabric is driven by the growing demand for noise reduction, environmental sustainability, improved functionality, advancements in material science, and growing importance of technologies such as 3D printing for intricate designs, microfibers for sound barrier and heat insulation, and aerogels for sound absorption. In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.7 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Advanced materials in automotive: lightweight acoustic fabricBuy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over one million patents to analyze innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Lightweight acoustic fabric is a key innovation area in advanced materials

Lightweight acoustic fabric refers to a type of material that is designed to absorb, reflect, or dampen sound waves while being lightweight in nature. Such fabrics may include polymers, composites, metal materials, or natural materials.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of lightweight acoustic fabric.

Key players in lightweight acoustic fabric – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.   

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.  

Patent volumes related to lightweight acoustic fabric

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Nippon Steel 27 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Boshoku 22 Unlock Company Profile
Rolls-Royce 25 Unlock Company Profile
Faurecia 29 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical 32 Unlock Company Profile
Sekisui Chemical 39 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 23 Unlock Company Profile
Toray Industries 155 Unlock Company Profile
Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals Mfg 17 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 17 Unlock Company Profile
Hexcel 95 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 21 Unlock Company Profile
Kuraray 39 Unlock Company Profile
Sekisui Kasei 24 Unlock Company Profile
Gurit 16 Unlock Company Profile
General Electric 94 Unlock Company Profile
Vestas Wind Systems 25 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsui Chemicals 38 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 27 Unlock Company Profile
Compagnie de Saint-Gobain 25 Unlock Company Profile
Seiren 19 Unlock Company Profile
Raytheon Technologies 22 Unlock Company Profile
BASF 49 Unlock Company Profile
Teijin 46 Unlock Company Profile
Textron 25 Unlock Company Profile
Boeing 35 Unlock Company Profile
LG 41 Unlock Company Profile
AGC 21 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 28 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 48 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 21 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 25 Unlock Company Profile
Toray Industries 23 Unlock Company Profile
Modern Meadow 57 Unlock Company Profile
Lisa Draxlmaier 29 Unlock Company Profile
Wobben Properties 28 Unlock Company Profile
Proprietect 18 Unlock Company Profile
B&C Private Foundation 52 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Toray Industries is one of the top patent filers in lightweight acoustic fabric. It filed several patents for improved acoustic absorption properties. Some other key patent filers in this space include Hexcel and General Electric.

In terms of application diversity, Mitsubishi leads the pack, while Vestas and Mitsui Chemicals stood in the second and third positions,respectively. By means of geographic reach, Modern Meadow held the top position, followed by Nippon Steel and Toshiba.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Automotive.

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