This market insight identifies the key trends in the global plastics and composite coatings market for automotive applications. Regulatory trends that are based on increasing fuel efficiency and reduction of carbon content across key regions have been analyzed. Opportunity drivers and restraints affecting the market have been discussed. This study explores the variation in requirements across external and internal applications for plastics and composite coating systems. It discusses the use of plastics and composite materials for major automotive applications and the corresponding types of coatings used for these surfaces. Potential growth opportunities and the existing trends that point towards these opportunities have been analyzed. The major market participants have been identified and 8 of them have been profiled.