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Old 05-05-2013, 04:00 AM   #1
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Understanding Aftermarket textile industry

Hello, I am a student from Korea Univ in South Korea. I am currently carrying out a consulting project for a domestic leather manufacturing firm(currently supplying vehicle manufacturers like GM, Hyundai, Kia) interested in entering the US automotive restyling aftermarket of automotive interior textiles.
In midst of our research, I’ve found out that access to relevant information is rather limited due to small market size. Thus, I am writing this email hoping for some information from the experts of the market such as yourself. If you could take a moment of your time to answer some of the questions below, it would help me greatly in understanding the market in greater depth.

@About the Supply Chain (Aftermarket supplying for restyling needs only, Excluding 1st market supply to the VMs or replacement market)

We are assuming that automotive textile(such as car seat covers) supply chain in aftermarkets is simpler than the auto parts supply chain. Could you verify this assumtion?

Manufacturer(such as Toray "Ultrasuede, Alcantara")-------->Wholesaler(Warehouse Distributors, Jobbers, Wagon Jobbers)-------->Installer(Restyler shops... etc)

1) Is there any players we missed in our supply chain?
2) Who are the wholesalers? Are they individual runned small companies base on region? Are they authorized distributors of Toray Company?

@About the M/S of automotive aftermarket interior textile market
During our research only branded material we found for restlying market was Toray's "Ultrasuede" and "Alcantara". We are very curious about the rest of the market.

1) Is there any branded products like Torray's or is the rest of market just fragmented market of Non-branded products produced by mid sized companies? Is there any major brands we're missing?
2) Would you please provide us with some of major suppliers of automotive interior textile and fabric used for car seats and headliners (especially, suppliers of suede/artificial leather)?
Thank you so much for your time. I would appreciate it if you could provide us with any of the answers to questions above.
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