Connecting rod is considered an integral component in the internal combustion of an automobile’s engine. It is a linkage between crankshaft and piston. The main purpose of connecting rod is to transfer the translational motion of piston to rotational motion of crankshaft. Connecting rods transmit power from the piston to the crankshaft and delivers transmission. There are various materials and manufacturing processes used for the manufacturing of connecting rods such as powdered metallurgy, forging and casting. Connecting rod which function within the engine go through a lot of pressure and cyclic loads that comprise of compressive loads and dynamic tensile. Connecting rods are capable of withstanding bending stress caused by the centrifugal force of the rotating crankshaft and the pull and thrust in the piston. In addition, connecting rods ensures the smooth transmitting of compression loads and axial tension.
Connecting rods finds application in farming, industrial and automotive engines. A connecting rod is generally made up of steel or aluminum. Casting connecting rods can be used in all type of engines such as diesel and gasoline but such connecting rods lack longevity and show defects very early. In comparison to casting connecting rods, steel forging connecting rods created by drop forging is way better in performance and longevity. Steel forging connecting rods are made by drop forging heated metal bars into net shape and then machining it to a finished product. Steel forging connecting rods are also called billet rods due to its manufacturing process of machining from blocks of billet steel. These rods can withstand greater loads and ensure faster engine revolutions as compared to casting connecting rods. However, steel forged connecting rods are expensive compared to casting connecting rods and are applicable in high horsepower engines.
The automotive connecting rod market can be classified by material, by application and by geography. The material segment can be classified into steel, aluminum and others. By application, the market can be segregated as passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles and heavy commercial vehicles. By geography, the market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Latin America.
In the automotive connecting rod market, Asia Pacific holds the largest market share in terms of revenue followed by Europe, North America, Latin America and, Middle East and Africa (MEA). China is the largest automotive market in the Asia Pacific region. In addition, increasing production of vehicles and demand for passenger vehicles in China, India and Japan is propelling the growth of automotive connecting rods market, which are especially applicable for passenger vehicles. Increasing penetration of North American and European automotive connecting rod manufacturers in the high growth regions of Asia Pacific coupled with growth in the automotive sector and private equity investments in connecting rod manufacturing companies of Asia Pacific, makes it the dominating market for automotive connecting rods. The U.S. is one of the leading automotive connecting rods market in the world. The country is the second most producer of automobiles in the world and therefore, the application of automotive connecting rods is expected to be high in the automotive market of U.S.
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