Automotive

The world automotive manufacturing market classifies their motor vehicles in these five categories; passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, heavy commercial vehicles, heavy trucks and buses/coaches.

The global automotive market is a key sector of the economy for every major country in the world. The design, manufacture and sales of automobiles drive economic growth around the world. The industry continues to grow, registering a 30% increase over the past decade.*

The automotive market is facing advancing technology and fluctuating customer demands which is forcing automotive manufacturers to be more agile and adaptable. It has become crucial for suppliers to deliver high-quality products that meet global demand while also maximizing efficiency.

Factors Straining the Market:

  • Weakening Global Economy
  • Natural Disasters
  • Climbing Fossil Fuel Costs

Automotive manufacturers do have another challenge with the wide variety of different regulations in different countries. By the OICA trying to harmonize these regulations world-wide, offers savings in technical resources, which can better be applied elsewhere, to produce better, cleaner, safer vehicles and it offers the possibility of reducing production complexity, resulting in lower costs and prices and a wider choice of vehicles available to all consumers.*

Key Areas of Concentration:

  • Standards & Processes
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Quality Products

The Wiring Harness Manufacturer’s Association Manufacturer Members understand the critical role that the wire harness plays in the vehicle. It is a set of wires, connectors, and terminals that transmits information and electric power to deliver function to the vehicle. An average car uses many wires, when stretched out, they can extend for miles. The market requires specific standards for the cable harnesses, especially for safety reasons since this could lead to major electrical issues.

WHMA’s Manufacturer Members are recognized in the Cable and Wire Harness Industry through their understanding and practice of the “IPC/WHMA-A-620 Standard” – the worldwide benchmark for quality workmanship. By choosing one of WHMA’s Manufacturer Members to design your harness, it will give you the assurance that they have the understanding of the market’s specific safety standards so that your wire harnesses are without defects and safe to use.

Benefits to the Automotive Market:

  • Reliability and Quality
  • Compliance to ISO and Regulatory Requirements
  • Efficiency
  • More…