Darnell Group Presents New Worldwide Battery Pack Market Forecasts Report

September 22, 1999 by Jeff Shepard

Significant changes are occurring in the worldwide rechargeable battery industry. Although the worldwide battery market will grow from about $4.4 billion in 1999 to almost $6 billion in 2004, its composition will change dramatically. These trends are discussed in the new Darnell Group (Corona, CA) report, "Worldwide Battery Pack Market Forecasts, Applications, Chemistries, Smart Technology and Competitive Environment." This 322-page report identifies the key markets for rechargeable batteries.

The "smart" battery pack market is expected to continue its growth worldwide, with an annual unit growth rate of 22.1 percent. This growth is primarily due to the power-management needs of notebook computers, but it is also influenced by the emergence of dual-battery notebooks, docking stations that include charging bays, and flexible battery form factors to fit the requirements of thinner, more compact notebooks. Other factors influencing the rechargeable battery market are pending environmental legislation, which is projected to diminish the nickel cadmium market substantially, and the mass production of lithium-polymer batteries, including the degree to which it will take market share away from lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride.

Lithium-ion, lithium-polymer, nickel-metal hydride and nickel cadmium chemistries are all discussed. The application segments in this report include Camcorders, Cellular, Cordless Phones, Digital Cameras, Hand-Held Computers, Notebook Computers, Personal Handyphone System, Power Tools, and Other. Also, five geographical regions are broken out: Worldwide, North America, Europe, Asia, and Central and Latin America. Forecasts are provided by architecture, chemistry, application, and by application and chemistry combined.

A chapter on recycling discusses various country requirements and environmental issues as well as different recycling organizations around the world and recycling policies of various manufacturers. In addition, 37 battery companies are profiled in the Competitive Environment chapter.