Global Automotive Interior Market Trends

The demand for advanced automotive interior components is expected to grow in line with the increased demand for luxury automobiles as well as for economic cars which are projected to hold the largest market share in coming years as technology becomes more accessible and affordable, and economic cars are incorporating basic infotainment systems, Bluetooth connectivity, and other convenient tech features.

The global automotive interior market is projected to reach $194.8 billion by 2028 and Seal Methods is ready for the challenge. SMI’s diversified manufacturing technologies allow us to service the automotive interior market with a wide range of solutions. We supply finished components manufactured from foams, elastomers, composites, films, high-performance gasket materials, graphite, and plastics, as well as pressure-sensitive tapes, adhesives, and other specialty materials.

From battery components to interior noise and vibration barriers, Seal Methods has the material knowledge and fabrication skills to create components for even the most demanding situations. As an ISO:9001 and ISO/IATF 16949 registered company, we maintain a leadership position as a supplier in the Automotive and Electric Vehicle Market.

Gaskets, Seals, and Barriers for Electric Vehicles

Our manufactured products can be found in many different EV applications, but particularly in the battery, perhaps the single most demanding component in an electric vehicle. Through long-term partnerships with leading raw material manufacturers, we have access to the most cutting-edge materials at very competitive prices.

OEMs have a chance to develop new features in their offerings to draw in more end users as a result of the rising desire for customized interior styling. OEMs are spending money on adding features like panoramic roofs, fully functional doors, separate customizable climate controls, amazing surround sound quality, LED lighting, plush seating, storage compartments in convenient locations, and digital cockpit modules to the interiors of cars.

Opportunity: Growing trend of interior customization in premium vehicles and interior styling

All of these features and trends have highlighted that even entry-level automobile buyers want a machine that is a cut above the rest. The concept of visual aesthetics is not only restricted to luxury-class vehicles but also extends to budget automobiles as well. Appealing interiors must be available in every class of vehicles, not just luxury models that most consumers will never be able to afford.

At Seal Methods Inc., our ability to create automotive interior parts goes beyond cutting flat stock to extrusion and molding. We can perform injection or compression molding as well as extrusion of rubber, elastomer, and plastic parts used in an array of industries. These additional capabilities widen the range of gaskets, seals, insulation, and other products that we help customers a single source for all of their plastic or rubber component needs. Production is performed using computer-controlled processes and in accordance with ISO/IATF 16949 registration to ensure all products are manufactured to customer specifications and the highest quality standards.

Multiple components can be assembled, kitted, and packaged as required. This option can often provide significant labor and material handling savings to customers who order parts used in service kits or for a dedicated assembly. Additionally, our in-house quality team can provide industry-standard peel adhesion and dimensional testing to ensure products comply with all customer specifications. Lead times are designed to work with customers’ schedules and expedited orders can be accommodated as needed.

Manufacturers are exploring alternatives to traditional materials and Seal Methods uses the highest quality and latest materials.

We fabricate:

  • Vibration damping seals
  • Electric and thermal insulator gaskets
  • Foam vibration pads (key to reducing vibration from lithium-ion batteries)
  • Mica thermal barriers
  • Environmental seal gaskets to protect battery cases
  • Vent seals and pressure release vents

The Most Suitable Techniques for Every Component

We have a range of fabrication techniques available, from extrusion to molding, and die cutting. Our sales engineers guide you through the selection of an almost limitless number of choices to find the one most appropriate — both performance-wise and price-wise — for your application. SMI in-house capabilities mean our experts can specify, design, and manufacture everything on the site, so our clients know they’re getting the right material for the functionality, as well as cost savings and exceptional quality control.

Seal Methods Inc.

With five decades of experience more than 150,000 square feet of capacity, and quality certifications you can rely on Seal Methods as an industry leader for the highly specific needs of the automotive interior market.

Through process design and effects analysis, statistical control of variation, and team-oriented problem solving, we aggressively pursue improvements to our quality system and have brought our manufacturing systems to an unparalleled level of performance.

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