Adapting to market evolutions. New legislative measures require more varied, more sophisticated airbags in larger numbers, all over the world. Depending on the country, new car models are equipped with between 4 and 14 airbags. Their production should rise 8% annually and increase from 380 million in 2014 to 450 million in 2017. Increasing profitability. Highly concentrated and competitive, the airbag market leaves little room for comfortable margins. For manufacturers, the main challenge is to find the right balance between the cost pressure exerted by automotive manufacturers and production reliability. Airbags are made from technical textiles that are costly and difficult to work with, so reducing material loss to a minimum is an absolute priority. All processes are constantly reviewed to obtain the minimum production cost for each airbag. Attaining zero defects. Because the airbag is a safety product, its quality must be flawless. The slightest mistake could jeopardize suppliers and, as a result, automotive manufacturers. The ability
to cut with total confidence is key. Within this context of intensive production, airbag manufacturers cannot choose profitability over quality: reliability, flexibility and productivity must go hand in hand.
1 — New car models such as the Peugeot 3008 include an increasing number of airbags. 2-3 — Focus is the world’s most widely-used airbag cutting solution. It can cut up to 5 million airbags a year.