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Leading innovators in turbocharger bearings for the automotive industry

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Jul 12,2023

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The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the need for enhanced driving experience, fuel efficiency, and engine performance, and growing importance of technologies such as electrification, and connected and autonomous vehicles. In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.2 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Automotive: Turbocharger bearings.

However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

290+ innovations will shape the automotive industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the automotive industry using innovation intensity models built on over 619,000 patents, there are 290+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, resilient spoke wheels, auto-transmission lubrication circuits, and ignition switching engines are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Engine purge actuators, electro-dynamic braking, and adsorptive vapour recovery system estimation are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are collision avoidance braking control system and direct injection type engines, which are now well established in the industry.

Turbocharger bearings is a key innovation area in automotive

The turbocharger bearing system plays a crucial role in ensuring that wheels continue to spin without coming into contact with the housing, despite having only one to two bronze bearings and occasionally a separate thrust bearing. The bearing system's design, materials, and manufacturing techniques have been continuously improved to keep up with the higher levels of turbocharger performance required by modern engine design, despite its apparent simplicity.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 50+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of turbocharger bearings.

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Borg Warner is one of the leading innovators in turbocharger bearings with 593 patents. The EFR turbochargers bearings from BorgWarner provide an unmatched fusion of cutting-edge technologies. The turbocharger bearings offer quick boost response, convenient installation, powerful performance and reliable durability. Other companies innovating in this technology domain are ABB, Toyota, and Kia.

(https://www.just-auto.com)
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