The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by spark plugs, oxygen sensors, sticking float and fuel injectors, and growing importance of technologies such as electromechanical actuators, electrification, and connected and autonomous vehicles. In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.2 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Automotive: Catalytic exhaust flow deflectors.
However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.
Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.
290+ innovations will shape the automotive industry
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the automotive industry using innovation intensity models built on over 619,000 patents, there are 290+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Within the emerging innovation stage, eccentric crankshaft gears, retarder brake system, and closed-circuit liquid cooling are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Bio-fuel ICEs, electromagnetic valve actuators, and road friction estimation are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are tyre bead fillers and vehicle turbochargers, which are now well established in the industry.
Innovation S-curve for the automotive industry
Catalytic exhaust flow deflectors is a key innovation area in automotive
An internal combustion engine's exhaust gases are discharged into a chamber with a larger transverse cross-section and a flow-through catalyst support when a deflector member is positioned within the flow of the exhaust gases.
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 catalytic exhaust flow deflectors.
Key players in catalytic exhaust flow deflectors – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to catalytic exhaust flow deflectors
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2021)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|Tenneco||108||Unlock company profile|
|Porsche Automobil Holding||63||Unlock company profile|
|Eberspacher Gruppe||49||Unlock company profile|
|Donaldson||39||Unlock company profile|
|Toyota Motor||37||Unlock company profile|
|Ford Motor||35||Unlock company profile|
|Robert Bosch Stiftung||26||Unlock company profile|
|General Motors||24||Unlock company profile|
|Friedrich Boysen||23||Unlock company profile|
|Renault||21||Unlock company profile|
|Isuzu Motors||21||Unlock company profile|
|Faurecia Sys Echappement||21||Unlock company profile|
|Mercedes-Benz Group||20||Unlock company profile|
|Eberspaecher Exhaust Technology International||16||Unlock company profile|
|Cummins||15||Unlock company profile|
|Caterpillar||15||Unlock company profile|
|Mazda Motor||13||Unlock company profile|
|Emitec Gesellschaft fur Emissionstechnologie mbH||12||Unlock company profile|
|J. Eberspacher||10||Unlock company profile|
|AB Volvo||9||Unlock company profile|
|Futaba Industrial||9||Unlock company profile|
|Komatsu||9||Unlock company profile|
|Purem||8||Unlock company profile|
|Continental||8||Unlock company profile|
|Rolls-Royce Holdings||8||Unlock company profile|
|Hyundai Motor Group||7||Unlock company profile|
|Winterthur Gas & Diesel||7||Unlock company profile|
|Daedong||7||Unlock company profile|
|Kia||6||Unlock company profile|
|AVL List||5||Unlock company profile|
|Marelli Holdings||5||Unlock company profile|
|E.ON||5||Unlock company profile|
|Yanmar Holdings||5||Unlock company profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Tenneco engages in the development and manufacturing of catalytic exhaust flow deflectors. The company currently holds 108 filed patents in the segment. Other companies in catalytic exhaust flow deflectors for the automotive industry are AB Volvo, Cummins, and Kia.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Automotive.