Automotive Interior Leather Market 2021 by Global Key Players, Types, Applications, Countries, Industry Size and Forecast to 2031


A recent market study published by FMI on the Automotive Interior Leather market includes global industry analysis for 2016-2020 & opportunity assessment for 2021-2031, and delivers a comprehensive assessment of the most important market dynamics. After conducting thorough research on the historical and current growth parameters of the Automotive Interior Leather market, the growth prospects of the market are obtained with maximum precision.

Globalization of the automobile industry and rising demand for automotive interior customization are expected to remain chief driving factors of the global automotive interior leather market. According to Future Market Insights (FMI), the global automotive interior leather market is estimated to be valued at ~US$ 29.9 Bn in 2021.

Impact of COVID-19 on Industry:

The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has severely affected the global economic growth, resulting in disruptions in the supply chain networks. Subsequently it has affected the market leading to sluggish growth in 2020. However, the market is expected to recover as economic activities resumes post the containment of pandemic. According to FMI, sales within the passenger cars segment will recover after taking a massive hit amid COVID-19 in 2020. Despite this, temporary period of lull passengers will account for a little below 70% of leather sold for automotive interior in 2021.

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While the growth in demand for leather to be used for automotive interiors is majorly driven by the continued quest for enduring, high-quality synthetic leather, sophisticated aesthetics also remains one of the sought-after features  among car owners. This, according to the study, will shape the automotive interior leather market.

A mass shift away from animal-based products is envisaged to hold a significant impact on the sales of leather within automotive industry, in the long run. Although the use of leather for automotive interiors has been under the scrutiny, of late, the fact that it still remains the consumers’ choice would sustain short-term market growth. Would non-leather materials debuting and establishing in the industry arrest market growth in future, remains to be seen.

By material, the synthetic type of automotive interior leather segment is expected to hold prominent value shares of the global automotive interior leather market. This has majorly resulted from the increasing consumption of synthetic automotive interior leather and characteristic features such as protection from sun damage, bad weather, and standing water.

On the basis of application, the upholstery segment is expected to consume majority share of the global automotive interior leather market value. This is driven by the increasing uses of leather in the upholstery in all type of vehicles.

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Key Takeaways of Global Automotive Interior Leather Market Study

  • Automotive interior leather market is expected to expand at a CAGR of ~4.1% during the forecast period of 2021-2031
  • The U.S. will account for over 84% of automotive interior leather sold in North America
  • The U.K. is expected to register above 4% Y-o-Y growth in 2021 after witnessing significant drop in sales in 2020
  • Germany and France will exhibit positive growth after registering negative sales amid COVID-19
  • Within East Asia, China will remain the dominant market, trailed by Japan and South Korea

 “Manufacturers are focusing on product innovation and besides offering improved sustainability. In the coming years they are likely to gain from the rising demand for passenger cars. Also, consumers’ preference for the sustainable products and better comfort are the key factors enabling growth in the market. Overall the expansion of the automotive industry will continue creating lucrative opportunities for the market,” said an FMI analyst.

Significant Opportunistic Potential Spotted in North America’s Market

The North American market is likely to be one of the prominent markets in the global automotive interior leather market due to the increasing use of leather by OEMs and demand for automotive interior leather by automobile customers for personal and commercial applications in vehicles. Moreover, regions such as Latin America and MEA are also expected to witness a healthy CAGR during the forecast years. The report also includes all the major countries in every region. All relevant macroeconomic and forecast factors are considered while studying the automotive interior leather market size.

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Global Automotive Interior Leather Market by Category

Material Type

  • Genuine Leather
  • Synthetic Leather
    • PU Leather
    • PVC

Vehicle Type

  • Passenger Cars
    • Compact
    • Mid-Sized
    • Sedan
    • Luxury
    • Van
  • Light Commercial Vehicles
  • Heavy Commercial Vehicles


  • Upholstery
  • Dashboard
  • Seat belts
  • Air-bags
  • Floor & trunk carpets
  • Headliners
  • Others

Sales Channel

  • OEM
  • Aftermarket
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