Automotive Bearing Market Size & Share, by Product Type (Ball Bearing, Ball Thrust Bearings, Cylindrical Roller Bearing, Tapered Roller Bearing); Vehicle Type (Passenger Vehicles, Light Commercial Vehicles, Heavy Commercial Vehicles); Application (Axle, Engine, Motors, Steering) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2033

  • Report ID: 1996
  • Published Date: Feb 14, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023-2033

Automotive Bearing Market size is expected to cross USD 52 Billion by the end of 2033, growing at a CAGR of 6% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033. In the year 2022, the industry size of automotive bearing was around USD 32 Billion. The growth of the market can primarily be attributed to the growing demand for automotive bearings owing to the rising sale of vehicles along with the increasing production of cars worldwide, and increasing vehicle electrification. For instance, globally, more than 55,800,000 passenger cars were produced in 2020.

With the recent advancements in bearing design to accommodate new-age solutions as well as a surge in the demand for electric vehicles, the demand for the automotive bearing is on the rise amongst vehicle manufacturers, which in turn, is expected to create massive revenue generation opportunities for the key players operating in the global market during the forecast period. For instance, the global sale of electric cars was estimated over 16 million in 2021.

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Automotive Bearing Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Number of Wheels Used in the Automotive Industry – is expected to escalate the automotive bearing market in the forecasted period as they have bearings at a large scale. Bearings make the axle and wheels operate smoothly while reducing friction. With the rising number of wheels on road, the demand for automotive bearings will also rise. For instance, as of 2022, there are an estimated of 8.5 billion, over 2 billion, and around 38 billion wheels of cars, bicycles, and motorcycles, and other vehicles in the world respectively.
  • Rising Number of Heavy Vehicles that are Being Purchased - bearings support load-bearing capacity in vehicles. It was found that there were over 15 million trucks in the United States, in 2021.
  • Growing Demand for Bearings Across the World - on average approximately 100 to 150 bearings are used in a vehicle, which is crucial for ensuring safe operation, and reducing friction, and energy expenditure.
  • Increasing Production of Commercial Vehicles with Increasing Transport - which in 2021, reached ~23 million units worldwide.
  • Increasing Middle-Class Population and Growing Purchases of Vehicles – As per the estimations, the production of passenger vehicles in 2019 were over 65 million across the world.


  • Fluctuating Cost of Raw Materials
  • High Maintenance Cost
  • The maintenance cost of these bearings is very high as they are made of high-grade steel and alloy steel. These require constant monitoring and regular service to prevent failure and improve the shelf life of the product. The cost of the new bearings is also high due to the raw materials used. All these are estimated to hinder the market growth.
  • Shift towards Electrification of Vehicles Requiring a Lesser Number of Bearings

Automotive Bearing Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

USD 32 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2033)

USD 52 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 Middle East and Africa)
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Automotive Bearing Segmentation

Vehicle Type (Passenger Vehicles, Light Commercial Vehicles, Heavy Commercial Vehicles)

The global automotive bearing market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by vehicle type into passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, and heavy commercial vehicles. Amongst these segments, the light commercial vehicle segment is anticipated to garner the largest revenue by the end of 2033, backed by the growing demand for commercial vehicles along with the surge in the sale of light commercial vehicles worldwide, growing focus on fuel efficiency, and increasing developments for enhanced fitness, load carrying capacity and prolonged operating life. For instance, out of the total sales volume of commercial vehicles in India, the light commercial vehicles segment accounted for about 68% in 2020.

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

      By Product Type

  • Ball Bearing
  • Ball Thrust Bearings
  • Cylindrical Roller Bearing
  • Tapered Roller Bearing

      By Vehicle Type

  • Passenger Vehicles
  • Light Commercial Vehicles
  • Heavy Commercial Vehicles

      By Application

  • Axle
  • Engine
  • Motors
  • Steering

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Automotive Bearing Industry - Regional Synopsis

Asia Pacific Market Forecast

The Asia Pacific region automotive bearing market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033. The presence of a strong transport network in the region, growing production of vehicles, increasing disposable income, and as well as the rising penetration of vehicles. For instance, as per an estimation 3rd of all vehicles in the world are in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Companies Dominating the Automotive Bearing Landscape

    • NTN Corporation
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Schaeffler Group
    • Timken Company
    • MinebeaMitsumi Inc.
    • NTN-SNR Roulements
    • NSK Ltd.
    • SNL Bearings Ltd.
    • JTEKT Corporation
    • Nippon Thompson Co., Ltd.
    • Aktiebolaget Svenska Kullagerfabriken

In the News

  • NTN Corporation – announced that, under oil lubrication with high-speed deep groove ball bearings, it has achieved high-speed rotation supporting dmn value*1 of 2.2 million for e-Axle drive systems for EVs, and motors and transmissions for HEVs.

  • Schaeffler Group – introduced TriFinity triple-row bearing that offers greater rigidity and longer service life than standard bearings with two ball bearing rows, strengthening the company’s bearings business with the development of bearings for electromobility.

Author Credits:  Harshita Srivastava, Saima Khursheed

  • Report ID: 1996
  • Published Date: Feb 14, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increasing number of vehicles as well as rising demand for electric vehicles along with surge in the penetration of heavy vehicles are some of the major factors anticipated to drive the growth of the market.

The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 6% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033.

The fluctuating cost of raw materials as well as high maintenance cost are some of the factors estimated to hamper the market growth.

The market in Asia Pacific is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

The major players in the market are NTN Corporation, Timken Company, Schaeffler Group, NSK Ltd., SNL Bearings Ltd., JTEKT Corporation, Nippon Thompson Co., Ltd., MinebeaMitsumi Inc., and others.

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

The market is segmented by product type, vehicle type, application, and by region.

The light commercial vehicle segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2033 and display significant growth opportunities.
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