25 Jul '11, 1pm

Competition from China, South Korea means Japan could lose hold of li-ion market

Competition from China, South Korea means Japan could lose hold of li-ion market

With demand for lithium-ion batteries climbing worldwide, Japan could soon lose hold of its spot at the top of the industry. Facing stiff competition from China and South Korea, Japan is battling to stay ahead. The Japanese company Kureha, for example, holds a 70 percent share of the international market for adhesives for cathode materials and is looking to grab a 20 percent share of the anode segment by 2015, but some analysts says that won't be enough for Kureha to continue to lead the way. On July 20th, Kureha president Takao Iwasaki stated: Lithium-ion will dominate the battery market of this century. We hope to control that market with Japanese materials. According to Techno Systems Research, South Korea's lithium-ion battery manufacturers grabbed 38 percent of the international market on a shipment basis in the first quarter of 2011, matching Japanese manufacturers f...

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