Industry Expertise

Automotive & Transportation

Navigate the road ahead in the automotive industry

The automotive and transportation markets are experiencing monumental shifts in how vehicle manufacturers keep up with both regulatory and consumer-driven requirements. Suppliers are shifting and optimizing the breadth of products and services while integrating vertically to maintain customer intimacy and enhance margins. Electric cars, self-driving vehicles, and ride sharing are powerful forces that provide opportunities and risks for automotive companies. Finally, the average age of vehicles is increasing as consumers change how they customize, maintain, and repair their vehicles, which in turn is changing and creating opportunities in vehicle maintenance, replacement parts, and the auto aftermarket.

Auto executives need to develop the right roadmap to take advantage of these trends.

Who We Work With

DuckerFrontier works with companies across the automotive industry on all elements of strategy and operations, from OEM to aftermarket. We work with executives in automotive technology, commercial transportation, after-market parts suppliers and service centers, raw materials suppliers, and associations and trade groups. DuckerFrontier is also proud to be a long-standing research partner to the American Steel and Iron Institute’s Steel Market Development Institute and the US Aluminum Association.

What We Do

With our proven bottom-up research, DuckerFrontier provides critical insights to help you navigate critical challenges on the road to success:

  • Impact of tariffs, taxes, and trade developments

    We continuously monitor policies and regulatory shifts, such as the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, so that you can evaluate your risk and exposure and be proactive in setting your future strategy.

  • Understanding materials’ “value in use”

    We’ve spent more than two decades tracking automotive materials, from the raw material to the finished product, to develop a proprietary dataset that provides aluminum and steel usage in every vehicle type.

  • Identifying customer needs and developing a value proposition

    Our teams excel at connecting, interacting with, and collecting insightful information about customers—their needs, pain points, competitive positions, etc.—that help you enhance how you serve and grow with them.

  • Market adjacencies, organic, and inorganic growth steps

    Our experts develop the strategies to expand your current portfolio and technology solutions in markets that are highly complementary, while providing you with the right options to meet your growth timing requirements.

Our Expertise by the Numbers

Research partner

to the AISI’s SMDI (Steel Market Development Institute) and the US Aluminum Association

Materials agnostic

We cover the materials and report the facts


individual auto components (including blocks, heads, knuckles, control arms, links, bumpers, crash boxes, hoods, fenders, doors, wheels, heat exchangers, sub frames, sun roofs, and door beams) tracked in our proprietary material dataset

20+ years

at the forefront of automotive materials research

More than 50

research studies conducted annually


Scott Ulnick

Managing Principal

Jochen Kemnitz

Managing Principal

Abey Abraham

Managing Director

Hélène Wagnies

Managing Director

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