World Batteries to 2016

Published: October 2012
No. of Pages: 560

This study analyzes the world battery industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2001, 2006 and 2011, and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by product (e.g., alkaline, zinc-carbon/zinc-chloride, lithium, lead-acid), market (e.g., consumer, automotive, industrial), world region and major country. The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles industry participants.

Global demand to rise 8.5%  annually through 2016

World demand for primary and secondary  batteries is forecast to rise 8.5 percent per  year to $144 billion in 2016. China will  remain the largest national market for  batteries and will also be the fastest  growing market, bolstered by a large  electronics manufacturing segment as  well as expanding output and use of  motor vehicles. Sales of batteries in India  will expand only slightly slower than  those in China, as the nation’s manufacturing base continues to grow and  personal incomes rise.

Reduced pressure on battery prices to slow value gains

From 2006 to 2011, the cost of batteries  increased very rapidly. A combination of  high raw material costs and the shutdown  of most of China’s lead-acid battery  capacity at the end of 2011 pushed prices  upward. As a result, the value of the  battery market in most nations increased  rapidly over the 2006-2011 period, and  gains through 2016 are generally expected to be slowed by reduced pricing  pressure within the battery industry.

Secondary batteries  to outpace primary types

Demand for secondary battery types is  expected to rise at a faster rate than sales  of primary batteries. The popularity of  portable electronics has grown rapidly,  expanding the share of the market held by  secondary battery suppliers. The use of  grid storage systems to regulate electrical  output of various generation systems, as  well as world output of motor vehicles (especially electric and hybrid electric  automobiles) is expected to increase  quickly. Many products require lithium or  nickel-metal hydride battery types; and it  is expected that lithium-based secondary  batteries will post the fastest gains of any  type of battery.

Consumer uses to post  fastest battery market gains

It is expected that battery sales to  consumer markets will post the fastest  gains through 2016. Rising incomes in  developing nations will drive greater use  of basic battery powered devices, while  expanding use of portable, high-drain  electronics will fuel demand from the  consumer market worldwide. Sales of  batteries for use in industrial and other  applications will be driven by increasing  levels of gross fixed investment, global manufacturing output, and efforts toward  industrialization in developing nations.  The automotive battery market suppliers  will benefit from increased output of  hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as  from rising production and use of  standard automobiles.


Profiles competitors such as Energizer,  EnerSys, Exide Technologies, GS Yuasa,  Hitachi, Johnson Controls, LG Chem,  Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, and Sony

Additional Information

This study analyzes global supply of and demand for primary and secondary batteries. Primary batteries (nonrechargeable energy storage devices which must be discarded after discharge) include alkaline, zinc-carbon/zincchloride, lithium, and other (silver oxide, zinc-air, specialty, etc.) types. Markets for primary batteries include consumer, industrial, and other (including government) applications. Types of secondary (rechargeable or storage) batteries include lead-acid, lithium-based (lithium ion and lithium polymer), nickel-based (nickel cadmium and nickel-metal hydride), and other (including specialty) secondary cells. Secondary battery markets include automotive (both starting/lighting/ignition and hybrid and electric vehicle batteries), consumer, and industrial and other (including government) applications.

Historical data for 2001, 2006, and 2011 and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 are provided for demand, net exports, and shipments of primary and secondary batteries at the aggregate level on a country-by-country basis, valued in millions of current US dollars, including inflation. Data on primary and secondary battery demand by major market and by product type are also provided in millions of current US dollars. The term “demand” actually refers to “apparent consumption” and is defined as shipments (also referred to as “production,” “output,” or “supply”) from a nation’s indigenous battery manufacturing facilities plus imports minus exports. “Demand” is used interchangeably with the terms “market,” “sales,” and “consumption.” The terms “battery” and “cell” are used interchangeably as well, each referring to both single-cell (AA batteries, for instance) and multi-cell (such as 9-volt batteries) units.

The following acronyms are used throughout this report: EV (electric vehicle), HEV (hybrid electric vehicle), Li-Ion (lithium ion), Li-Pol (lithium polymer), Ni-Cad (nickel-cadmium), Ni-MH (nickel-metal hydride), and SLI (starting/lighting/ignition).

Data on world primary and secondary battery supply and demand are derived from differing sources and developed from statistical relationships. As a result, variations are commonplace in this type of international reporting, and, consequently, data presented in this study are historically consistent but may differ from other sources. Variances may occur because of definitional differences, undistributed exports, goods-in-transit, and inventory accumulation. To reduce the impact of such discrepancies, total world battery imports and exports have been assumed to balance in any given year.

In addition, major global manufacturers of primary and secondary battery products are identified and profiled, and the key competitive variables are discussed. The entire report is framed within the world battery industry’s economic, technological, and market environments, and therefore environmental variables affecting battery supply and demand (like personal income and motor vehicle supply/demand trends) are emphasized. World battery market share data by company presented in the “Industry Structure” section are estimated based on consultation with multiple sources. Tabular details may not always add to totals due to rounding.

Published By: Freedonia Group
Product Code: Freedonia Group148

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