Air Brake Systems Market Analysis by Type (Disc, and Drum); by Component (Governor, Tank, Air Dryer, Compressor, Foot Valve, Slack Adjuster, and Brake Chamber); by Technology (Traction Control System, Electronic Stability Control, Anti-Lock Braking System, and Brake Force Distribution); and by Vehicle Type (Bus, Truck, and Rolling Stock) –Global Supply & Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2023-2035

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Global Air Brake Systems Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

The global air brake systems market size is estimated to reach ~USD 12.67 Billion by the end of 2035 by growing at a CAGR of ~6.31% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. In addition to this, in the year 2022, the market size of air brake systems was ~USD 6.08 Billion. The growth of the market can be attributed to the rising sales of the vehicles. Air brakes give higher mechanical forces and it is best for greater distances covered by vehicles. In 2022, India surpassed Japan in auto sales, moving up to third position globally. At least 5 million new cars were sold in the country, exceeding Japan's almost 4 million sales. Moreover, around 19,000 luxury automobile units are predicted to be sold in Germany by 2027.

In addition to these, factors that are believed to fuel the market growth of air brake systems include the rising instances of road accidents. Fatal road accidents are the main cause of global death for children and young adults aged 5 to 29. In addition to this, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of India, every year, nearly 0.15 million people are killed on Indian roadways, which equates to 1130 accidents and 422 deaths every day, or 47 accidents and 18 deaths per hour. Besides this, the growth of the market is also attributed to the rising demand for recreational vehicles. Camping vehicle sales in Japan are expected to reach USD 470 million by 2021. Furthermore, around 600,000 recreational vehicles were shipped globally in 2021. It was around a 362% rise over 2009.

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Global Air Brake Systems Market: Key Insights

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Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 6.08 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 12.67 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)

Global Air Brake Systems Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges


Growth Drivers

  • Growing Instances of Road Accidents –The breaks are intended to avoid collisions between two vehicles, thereby reducing accidents and vehicle damage. Air brakes are designed to prevent trucks, trains, and buses from colliding.  According to World Health Organization (WHO) numbers, around 1.35 million people die each year as a result of traffic accidents.
  • Rising Demand for Automobiles– Large commercial trucks employ air brake systems. Air brake systems generate the force that applies the brakes at each wheel by using compressed air stored in tanks. As a result, increasing automotive sales will help the market thrive. Global car sales were around 67 million vehicles in 2021, and in 2022 the sales reached to nearly 66 million. Furthermore, car sales are predicted to reach around 70 million by the end of 2023.
  • Increasing Implementation of Safety Standards– Rising attention to safety standards for vehicles is expected to increase the demand for air brake systems. In order to improve vehicle and road safety, the European Commission introduced the new Vehicle General Safety Regulation in. Automated braking, lane-keeping systems, speed assistance, and reversing detection with cameras and sensors are among the general safety regulations.  The rules went into effect in July 2022 and will be in effect until July 2024.
  • Growing Demand for Recreational Vehicles –Air brakes are widely employed on heavier vehicles, such as recreational vehicle, since their increased gripping force allows heavier vehicles to stop much more easily. Total RV shipments in the world in 2021 are expected to be around 576,000 units. This figure reflected an almost 34% increase over the previous year's total of 430,000 units.
  • Rising Adoption of Luxury Vehicles– The combination of air disc brakes and hydraulic brakes is often employed in high-end vehicles.   Luxury vehicle sales soared at over 2,000 units in 2022, worldwide, and are expected to reach close to 200,000 units by 2026.


  • Higher Cost of Air Brake Systems - Air-brake systems squeeze air, resulting in moisture which demands air dryers to remove. This raises the price of air-brake systems and can lead to greater maintenance and repair expenses, particularly in the first five years. Since, they have so many components, repairing an air brake system might be more expensive than repairing a hydraulic brake system.
  • Availability of other options for the braking system
  • Air brakes need specialized training to operate it

Global Air Brake Systems Market Segmentation

The global air brake systems market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by vehicle type into bus, truck, and rolling stock. Out of the three types of vehicles using air brake systems, the bus segment is estimated to gain the largest market share in the year 2035. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the increasing deployment of buses. Under Phase II of the FAME India Scheme, the government of India deployed 2435 e-buses across various states and union territories. Moreover, as of September 2022, in the United States, around 1,200 electric school buses were either on order, delivered, or in service. In total, the United States now has around 13,000 committed electric school buses. The compressed air braking system is a sort of friction brake used on large vehicles such as buses. Given that buses are so enormous, they require a lot of effort to stop. With a hydraulic system, the driver must use more force on the brake pedal to bring the bus to a complete stop.

The global air brake systems market is also segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by type into disc, and drum. Amongst these two types of air brakes systems, the disc segment is expected to garner a significant share in the year 2035.  In comparison with drum brakes, the automobile industry has embraced the new-age disc brakes in the braking system of cars. When opposed to drum brakes, disc brakes have more complex mechanics and more components. Moreover, automotive disc brake have a number of advantages over traditional drum brakes, which is why at least all mid-size sedans, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and automobiles have disc brakes all around. The growth of the segment is primarily attributed to the growing sales of SUVs. Despite supply chain challenges and rising inflation, global SUV sales climbed by roughly 3% between 2021 and 2022. Moreover, SUV attributed to nearly 46% of global car sales in 2022, with the maximum growth marked in India, Europe, and United States.

Our in-depth analysis of the global air brake systems market includes the following segments:

            By Type

  • Disc
  • Drum

             By Component

  • Governor
  • Tank
  • Air Dryer
  • Compressor
  • Foot Valve
  • Slack Adjuster
  • Brake Chamber

           By Technology

  • Traction Control System
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Brake Force Distribution

         By Vehicle Type

  • Bus
  • Truck
  • Rolling Stock

Global Air Brake Systems Market Regional Synopsis


The market share of air brake systems in Asia Pacific, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to be the largest with a share of about ~38% by the end of 2035. The growth of the market can be attributed majorly to the rising government initiatives to boost the braking system and ensure the security of the vehicles. Ministry of Road Transport & Highways of India, stated that the large vehicles must now have advanced braking systems. Moreover, existing vehicles will be obliged to accept the new provisions beginning in April 2021, with all new vehicles beginning in April 2022. Furthermore, rising sales of cars in the region is also expected to augment the market growth in Asia Pacific. In 2022, China's auto sales increased 9.5%, with electric vehicle purchases nearly doubling. Moreover, in 2021, around 56 million of passenger cars were sold in China.

The North American air brake systems market is estimated to be the second largest, registering a share of about ~25% by the end of 2035. The growth of the market can be attributed majorly to the growing cases of vehicle crashes and road accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 38,824 people will die in motor vehicle accidents in the United States year 2022. On the other hand, the higher deployment of buses is also expected to drive market growth in the region. In the United States, zero-emission bus deployment is expected to increase by around 27% by 2021, reaching nearly 3,500 buses. More than 70% of US fleets have ten or fewer full-size ZEBs. As a result, the upcoming investment will be critical in scaling fleets.

Further, the market in Europe, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold a majority of the share by the end of 2035. The growth of the market can be attributed majorly to the initiatives taken by the government to reduce road accidents. By improving passenger, pedestrian, and cycling safety across the EU, the European Commission hopes to save at least 140,000 deaths and avoid at least 140,000 serious injuries by 2038. On the other hand, market growth in the region is also expected on the account of rising vehicle crashes followed by a higher number of people dying in road accidents. As per the statistics of the Eurostat, around 18 800 people were killed in road accidents in the EU in 2020, out of which 44.2% were passenger car drivers or passengers, and 19.2% were pedestrians. Moreover, in 2020, 85 people were killed in road accidents in Romania.


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Top Featured Companies Dominating the Global Air Brake Systems Market

    • ZF Friedrichshafen AG
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Knorr-Bremse AG
    • Haldex Group
    • Continental AG
    • Brembo S.p.A.
    • EBC Brakes
    • Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    • Robert Bosch GmbH
    • Accuride Corporation
    • Aisin Corporation


In The News

  •  Knorr-Bremse AG signed a framework agreement with Alstom to provide braking, sanitary entrance, and climate control systems to 130 Coradia Stream regional trains. It is so far the largest contract of the Knorr-Bremse in Europe.

  • ZF Friedrichshafen AG introduced 100 international LT series trucks equipped with Wabco Maxxus L2.0 air disc brakes of the fifth generation. The MAXXUS L2.0 air disc brakes were chosen because of their durability, ease of maintenance, and high uptime. These disc brakes are manufactured in Charleston, South Carolina.


Global Economic Impact

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Despite Inflation & Fearing Recession, Businesses Across the Globe Expected to Do Better in 2023:

In 2023, market players might incur losses due to huge gap in currency translation followed by contracting revenues, shrinking profit margins & cost pressure on logistics and supply chain.
Controlling Inflation has become the first priority for global economies from last quarter of 2022 and to be followed in 2023. With skewed economic situations, rise in interest rate by governments to control spending and inflation, spiked oil and gas prices, high inflation, geo-political issues including U.S. & China trade war, Russia-Ukraine conflict to intensify the global economic issues.
The interest rates in the U.S. may be less sensitive in 2023 as compared to 2022; sigh of relief for businesses. Positive business sentiments, healthy business balance sheets, growth in construction spending (private construction value in 2022 stood at $1,429.2 billion, 11.7 percent (±1.0 percent) above the $1,279.5 billion spent in 2021, Residential construction in 2022 was $899.1 billion, up by 13.3 percent (±2.1 percent) from $793.7 billion in 2021, non-residential construction touched $530.1 billion, 9.1 percent (±1.0 percent) above the $485.8 billion in 2021.) showcases minimal impact of recession in the country.
Similarly, spiked spending in the European and major Asia economics including, India, China & Japan to showcase less impact on the global demand.

Author Credits:  Harshita Srivastava, Saima Khursheed

Key Questions Answered in the Report

1) What are the major factors driving the growth of the air brake systems market?

Ans: Increasing incidences of road accident fatalities and rising demand for luxury vehicles & recreational vehicles are the major factors driving the market growth.

2) What would be the CAGR of air brake systems market over the forecast period?

Ans: The market size of air brake systems is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~6.31% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

3) What are the challenges affecting the air brake systems market growth?

Ans: Lack of specialized knowledge for using it and presence of other alternative in the market are estimated to be the growth hindering factors for the market expansion.

4) Which region will provide more business opportunities for growth of air brake systems market in future?

Ans: The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

5) Who are the major players dominating the air brake systems market?

Ans: The major players in the market are Aisin Corporation, Haldex Group, Continental AG, Brembo S.p.A., EBC Brakes, Knorr-Bremse AG, Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd., Robert Bosch GmbH, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and Accuride Corporation

6) How are the company profiles selected?

Ans: The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, the geographical presence of the company which determines the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

7) What are the segments in the air brake systems market?

Ans: The market is segmented by type, technology, component, vehicle type, and by region.

8) Which segment captures the largest market size in the vehicle type segment in the air brake systems market?

Ans: The bus segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

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