The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by the need for enhanced driving experience, as well as the increasing importance of technologies such as the development of software to create an ideal in-car experience for drivers. 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: anti-corrosive coatingsBuy 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. 

Anti-corrosive coatings is a key innovation area in advanced materials

Anti-corrosion coatings are used in several industries to safeguard metal parts from deterioration caused by moisture, salt spray, oxidation, or exposure to a variety of industrial or environmental chemicals.

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 anti-corrosive coatings.

Key players in anti-corrosive coatings – 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 anti-corrosive coatings

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Nippon Steel 48 Unlock Company Profile
China National Offshore Oil 7 Unlock Company Profile
Magna International 7 Unlock Company Profile
Pidilite Industries 15 Unlock Company Profile
Kansai Paint 11 Unlock Company Profile
Topy Industries 7 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 19 Unlock Company Profile
Sherwin-Williams 26 Unlock Company Profile
Kobe Steel 22 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 14 Unlock Company Profile
Parker Hannifin 13 Unlock Company Profile
Chugoku Marine Paints 10 Unlock Company Profile
Skion 17 Unlock Company Profile
3M 9 Unlock Company Profile
Mazda Motor 20 Unlock Company Profile
Canon 14 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Chemical 28 Unlock Company Profile
Konica Minolta 15 Unlock Company Profile
PPG Industries 93 Unlock Company Profile
Saudi Arabian Oil 8 Unlock Company Profile
BASF 21 Unlock Company Profile
Hempel 35 Unlock Company Profile
Resonac 8 Unlock Company Profile
LG 55 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Paint 17 Unlock Company Profile
RAG-Stiftung 21 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 12 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Electric Industries 23 Unlock Company Profile
Nihon Parkerizing 9 Unlock Company Profile
POSCO 32 Unlock Company Profile
Axalta Coating Systems 135 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

PPG Industries is one of the leading patent filers in anti-corrosive coatings. It has developed a new product called PPG INHIBISIL Silica Anti-Corrosion Pigments, which are calcium oxide-modified silica products, that are designed to replace traditional chrome-based and other toxic anti-corrosion pigments. The anti-corrosion pigments are non-toxic, chemically inert, and compatible with other anti-corrosion additives. Some other key patent filers in the innovation area include Axalta Coating Systems, LG, Nippon Steel, and Hempel.

In terms of application diversity, Toyota Motor held the top position, while Kobe Steel and Parker Hannifin stood in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Axalta Coating Systems leads the pack, followed by Hempel and LG.

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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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.