CCM: Three development trends in Li-ion battery business 08-25-2016

On 5 Aug., 2016, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MIIT) issued the Light Industry Development Plan (2016-2020) (Plan) to implement the 13TH Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development and the Made in China 2025.

Source: Baidu

As the Plan puts it, 3 major trends are noted for Li-ion battery business.

1. High-performance Li-ion battery materials

Cathode materials, anode materials, electrolyte, and separator are the 4 key materials of Li-ion battery. Their performance improvement is of great significance to the energy density, specific capacity and safety of Li-ion battery.

Specifically, the premium-marketed cathode materials segment, still lagging behind the international level, and electrolyte technology, in wait of improvement, are the dominant bottlenecks to domestic Li-ion battery material industry.

- Cathode materials (40% of the total costs for Li-ion battery): In the context that the requirements on the driving range of alternative energy vehicle (AEV) are increasing, cathode materials, which exert decisive influence on the energy density of Li-ion battery, is becoming nickelic-oriented, such as the development of lithium nickel cobalt aluminate (NCA).

However, domestic NCA business is still at a starting stage, mainly focusing on laboratory scale experimentation and pilot scale experimentation – projects at the former stage outnumber the latter.

- Electrolyte: The competitive edge of this material hinges on its additives-centered formula. In addition, manufacturers are expected to collaborate with customers to develop products based on their demands, and to find access to supplying to top Li-ion battery manufacturers at home and abroad by means of strong technology innovation and excellent customer service.

2. Production line automation

Regarding the manufacturing, domestic Li-ion battery industry has been for a long period faced with low level of automation, low productivity, low yield percentage of quality products, and low information exchange efficiency, which  have blocked the development of premium-marketed Li-ion battery. 

In order to advance the transition from “a big country for light industry” to “a powerful country for light industry” and accelerate the realization of intelligent manufacturing by 2025, the MIIT mentioned in the Plan that is a must to develop equipment for manufacturing wide-range and high-speed battery pole piece, equipment for battery system testing, and equipment for waste battery sorting, dismantling and regenerating, and accelerate the domestication of automated production lines involving button cell of high efficiency and high precision.

3. E-bike promotion

As the AEV industry is in full swing, e-bike market is quietly emerging. Insiders pointed out that e-bike business may return to high speed growth.    

Since the bicycle industry develops towards light weight, diversification, fashion and intelligence, e-bike may become a mainstream. In particular, e-bike based on Li-ion battery and intelligent e-bike are both stressed in the Plan.


This article comes from China Li-ion Battery E-News 1608, CCM

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