The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the need for better fuel economy and speed efficiency, and growing importance of technologies such as torque vectoring and torque sensing. 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: Transmission gear mounting. Buy the report here.

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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, resilient spoke wheels, auto-transmission lubrication circuits, and ignition switching engines are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Engine purge actuators, electro-dynamic braking, and adsorptive vapour recovery system estimation are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are collision avoidance braking control system and direct injection type engines, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for the automotive industry

Transmission gear mounting is a key innovation area in automotive

The gearbox mountings support the gearbox in addition to reducing noise and vibration to a level that neither the driver nor the passenger notices them. Protecting delicate or coated materials during preparation and achieving ideal edge retention are the two goals of mounting.

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 60+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of transmission gear mounting.

Key players in transmission gear mounting – 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 transmission gear mounting

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
NTT 187 Unlock Company Profile
Zeppelin-Stiftung 151 Unlock Company Profile
Dana 118 Unlock Company Profile
Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin 104 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 95 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 93 Unlock Company Profile
Schaeffler 76 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil Holding 60 Unlock Company Profile
Aisin 50 Unlock Company Profile
QinetiQ Group 45 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Mobis 41 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 38 Unlock Company Profile
BYD 37 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 37 Unlock Company Profile
Nikola 28 Unlock Company Profile
Nidec 26 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Heavy Industries 23 Unlock Company Profile
Komatsu 22 Unlock Company Profile
Cummins 21 Unlock Company Profile
AB Volvo 21 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 20 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 20 Unlock Company Profile
Razor USA 19 Unlock Company Profile
Allison Transmission Holdings 18 Unlock Company Profile
LG 17 Unlock Company Profile
Mercedes-Benz Group 15 Unlock Company Profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 14 Unlock Company Profile
Jing-Jin Electric Technologies 13 Unlock Company Profile
Stellantis 13 Unlock Company Profile
Jungheinrich 13 Unlock Company Profile
Yanmar Holdings 13 Unlock Company Profile
Stella Vermogensverwaltungs 12 Unlock Company Profile
Magna International 12 Unlock Company Profile
Renault 11 Unlock Company Profile
Kongsberg Automotive 10 Unlock Company Profile
Indigo Technologies 10 Unlock Company Profile
CNH Industrial 10 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 10 Unlock Company Profile
L3Harris Technologies 10 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 9 Unlock Company Profile
Arcimoto 9 Unlock Company Profile
Sharp 9 Unlock Company Profile
Bajaj Auto 8 Unlock Company Profile
Moteurs Leroy Somer 8 Unlock Company Profile
BAE Systems 8 Unlock Company Profile
Central 8 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 8 Unlock Company Profile
Magna Powertrain 8 Unlock Company Profile
SAF-HOLLAND 7 Unlock Company Profile
Shandong Heavy Industry Group 7 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

NTT is one of the leading innovators in transmission gear mounting with 187 patents. The company provides transmission gear mounting, which addresses the noise, vibration, and harshness issues arising from new transmission designs. The mounting solution reduces gearbox whine, provides weight and cost savings, and improves system endurance. Other companies innovating in this technology domain are LG, BYD, and Dana.

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.