Battery materials Market: Overview
A battery operates by converting chemical potential energy into electrical energy. All batteries have same components – battery cell (metals), two electrodes (cathode and anode), electrolyte solution (liquid or paste) that surrounds the electrodes and packaging. The chemical reaction that occurs in the battery is at one of the electrodes.
The type of battery depends upon the chemicals, especially metals, used to make up that battery. The materials that are used to produce the battery depends upon battery’s application requirement. The most common types of batteries are alkaline, Li-ion, Li-PO, NiMH and Lead-acid. The working principle of battery is same, regardless of which metals are used in their make-up, as long as the reaction is occurring between the two metals.
Batteries are used in some of the major industries such as automotive (car batteries, electric vehicles etc.), electronics (laptops, cell phones etc.), power tools (drilling machine), medical equipment, backup power systems (energy storage, emergency lighting), etc.
Battery materials Market: Market Dynamics and Trends
The market for battery materials depends on the scope of power output requirement. Li-ion batteries are used in cell phones and laptops whose demand is increasing day-by-day. This is a major driver in the market of Li-ion battery materials. The electronics industry being main consumer of lithium batteries is vastly growing, which is major cause for lithium battery materials being dominant in the market. Demand of cathode and anode materials depends upon their cost, performance and safety in handling. Lead-acid batteries are primarily used in back up power systems which is an irreplaceable requirement in this age. Thus, lead-acid battery materials market is expected to continue its presence. NiMH batteries are used in small electronics and electric plug-in vehicles. Electric vehicles are slowly but surely growing, which will promote use of NiMH batteries and their material market is expected to see rise in the future.
Battery materials Market: Market Segmentation
Based on raw materials required, the market can be segmented into type of battery cell, packaging, electrolyte solution, binder & separator, and cathode & anode materials.
Based on type of battery cell used, the market can be segmented into alkaline battery, lead-acid battery, zinc-carbon battery, nickel-cadmium battery, nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery, lithium-ion battery and lithium polymer (Li-PO) battery.
Based on applications in end-use industry, the market can be segmented into electronics, automotive, power tools, medical equipment and backup power systems.
Battery Materials Market: Region-wise Outlook
At global level, battery materials have great demand and Asia Pacific region is dominant in terms of manufacturing base. The major players that produce battery materials in Asia Pacific region are situated in Japan and China. In Europe, countries such as Germany and U.K. host major market players. Batteries are such product which is required in from household instruments to large industry equipment. As new technologies are being developed, requirement of batteries will increase and it is expected that the battery materials market will expand in future, especially in developed countries.
Battery Materials Market: Key Players
Some of the players in battery materials market include Huzhou chuangya power battery materials Co. Ltd., Jiangxi Zichen Technology Co. Ltd., ZETO, Shenzhen Sinuo Industrial Development Co. Ltd., BTR New Energy Materials Co., Ltd., Shaneshan Technology, Hunan Shinzoom Technology Co. Ltd., Duracell Inc., Eveready Industries India Ltd., Energizer Holdings, Inc., Uniross Batteries, Panasonic Corporation, Hitachi Maxell Ltd., Shantou Jinguang Hi-tech Co., Ltd., Beijing Institute of Chemical Reagent, Capchem, GP Batteries.
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