Global Battery Manufacturing Equipment Market 2021
The global battery manufacturing equipment market is poised to reach $88.09 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 27.12% during the forecast period from 2022 to 2031. China dominated the market in 2021, driven by its large electric vehicle industry, leading industry players, and fast-developing economy.
Battery manufacturing involves producing modular electric power sources where the fuel is contained within the unit. This includes creating anodes, cathodes, electrolytes, and other components needed for battery production. Water is utilized in various processes, such as preparing electrolytes, depositing reactive materials, cleaning electrodes, and washing completed cells.
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USD 9.4 billion in 2020
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The increasing sales of electric vehicles have contributed to the growing demand for batteries and battery manufacturing equipment. In 2021, battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles sales reached 6.6 million units, nearly doubling from the previous year. Despite challenges in the global supply chain, Q1 2022 saw a record-breaking two million units of electric vehicle sales. Batteries play a crucial role in electrifying mobility and balancing power networks, making them essential for a sustainable future.
The battery manufacturing equipment market is in the developmental phase, driven by the rising demand for batteries in electric vehicles and increased consumer awareness of environmental issues. The expanding usage of batteries in automotive, consumer electronics, healthcare, energy, and power industries is also fueling market growth. However, innovations using more accessible and environmentally friendly components are still not widely adopted.
The COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on the battery manufacturing equipment market in 2020, causing disruptions in supply chains, cash-flow constraints, and a slump in demand from major industries. However, the market is expected to recover swiftly with the surge in electric vehicle sales and increased demand from automotive, energy and power, and consumer electronics sectors.
The demand drivers for the global battery manufacturing equipment market include the rising demand for electric vehicles and government initiatives to reduce carbon footprints and e-waste. However, challenges such as rising costs, competitive pressures for equipment manufacturers, and logistics and supply chain risks will also need to be addressed.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including application, process, battery type, and region.
Segmentation by Application
Energy and Power
Others (Healthcare, power tools, etc.)
Segmentation by Process
Segmentation by Battery Type
Nickel Metal Hydride
Others (Sodium, Carbon Zinc, Silver Oxide, etc.)
Segmentation by Region
North America – U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Europe – Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Rest-of-Europe
Asia-Pacific and Japan – Japan, South Korea, India, Taiwan, and Rest-of-Asia-Pacific and Japan
Rest-of-the-World – Middle East and Africa and South America
In 2021, the automotive segment emerged as the dominant force in the battery manufacturing equipment market, primarily due to the increasing sales of electric vehicles worldwide. This surge in demand for automotive Li-ion batteries can be attributed to favorable government regulations that promote the adoption of clean energy and ecological sustainability. Collaborations between officials from different countries and automobile manufacturers are actively seeking solutions to these pressing environmental issues.
The largest application for battery manufacturing equipment lies in the automotive industry, particularly in electric vehicles, and this sector is experiencing rapid growth. Li-ion batteries are widely used in electric bikes, passenger cars, electric buses, and electric trucks, among other vehicles. While lead-acid batteries used to be the preferred choice in the automotive industry due to their low cost, Li-ion batteries offer significant advantages. These advantages include higher energy density (125-600 Wh/L compared to 50-90 Wh/L for lead-acid batteries) and the ability to deliver the same power in a much smaller space (almost ten times less than lead-acid batteries). Consequently, the automotive industry is witnessing a decline in demand for lead-acid batteries and a swift transition to Li-ion batteries.
Regarding battery manufacturing equipment by process, the electrode manufacturing segment held the majority share in the market in 2021. This segment is crucial as it represents the initial step in the battery production process. The entire value chain of the battery depends on the successful manufacturing of electrodes. Additionally, the electrode manufacturing stage consumes the highest amount of energy. Electrodes can be produced through wet and dry manufacturing processes. In the wet process, slurry containing conductive carbon, binders such as polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), and active materials is coated onto metallic current collectors. After thorough mixing, the slurry is evenly cast onto the collector and must be dried to produce a dry porous electrode. Drying times vary, with some electrodes requiring 12 to 24 hours at 120°C for complete drying. Commercial applications often employ an NMP recovery system to collect evaporated NMP during the drying process due to its high cost and potential for contamination. While the recovery system enhances overall efficiency, it necessitates significant capital investment.
In terms of battery type, the lithium-ion segment dominated the battery manufacturing equipment market in 2021. Lithium-ion batteries are preferred for low-carbon technologies like electric vehicles due to their high energy density, charging capabilities, and long cycle life. These batteries play a vital role in phasing out carbon dioxide-emitting gas-powered automobiles and serve as excellent power storage options for the electric grid. The electrochemistry of lithium-ion batteries relies on the use of lithium ions, which are ionized and separated from their electrons during the discharge cycle. These ions then move through the electrolyte from the anode to the cathode, where they recombine and neutralize.
China is the leading player in the battery manufacturing equipment market, thanks to its large electric vehicle industry, prominent industry players throughout the supply chain, and rapidly developing economy. Moreover, China possesses the majority of the world’s lithium-ion reserves and has the potential to utilize them in various industries such as automotive and consumer electronics. Chinese companies are investing billions of dollars in factories to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles, attracting significant foreign investment as well. For instance, Lithium Werks, a Dutch company, financed $1.85 billion in Chinese battery manufacturing. China is also the top battery producer globally, and it is expected that demand from other countries will continue to rise as Chinese products improve in technology and quality while maintaining competitive prices. Additionally, exports are anticipated to increase, driven by the growth of downstream industries like telecommunications and automobile manufacturing. Consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and other industries are the major end-users of battery production equipment in China. While affordability is a significant consideration for Chinese consumers, they are also open to adopting new and cutting-edge technologies such as renewable battery equipment.
The selection of profiled companies has been conducted by considering inputs obtained from primary experts, as well as through the analysis of their company coverage, product portfolio, and market penetration.
Key companies profiled in this report include Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment Co., Ltd., SHENZHEN YINGHE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., Targray, Xiamen Tmax Equipments, DAIICHI JITSUGYO CO., LTD. (DJA), SOVEMA GROUP S.p.A., Battery Technology Source Co. Ltd. (BTS), Hitachi High-Tech Corporation, CKD, Manz AG, Wirtz Manufacturing, Buhler, HIRANO TECSEED Co., Ltd, Foshan Golden Milky Way Intelligent Equipment Co., Ltd. (GMK), Readco Kurimoto, LLC, Lyric, Shanghai Putailai New Energy Technology Co., Ltd., Super Components.
Recent Industry Developments
In May 2022, Xiamen Tmax Equipments established a strong rapport with its customers in the United States by providing assistance in battery manufacturing. The company offered them a comprehensive pouch cell pilot line, consisting of 52 machines that cover the entire production process from mixing to testing. Xiamen Tmax Equipments tailored their solutions to meet the specific requirements of each customer, enabling them to produce various types of batteries such as coin cells, cylinder cells, pouch cells, prismatic cells, and battery packs on a laboratory, pilot, and large-scale basis.
In June 2022, Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment Co., Ltd. entered into a contract with Volkswagen to supply 20GWh lithium battery manufacturing equipment. This agreement not only allows the company to reinforce its presence in the European market but also signifies a new chapter in its global operations.
Key Questions Answered
What are the primary factors and trends influencing the battery manufacturing equipment market?
How has the global battery manufacturing equipment market been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? What are the major disruptions in the supply chain?
What measures have existing players taken to enhance or maintain their market position, and what strategies are new entrants adopting in this market space?
Which segment, in terms of equipment by process, battery type, and application, is leading the market, and how is it expected to perform during the forecast period?
What are the latest developments in various countries worldwide concerning the growth of the battery manufacturing equipment market?
What are the main challenges associated with the adoption of battery manufacturing equipment in different regions and countries?
Are there any governmental regulations, either regional or global, that are impacting the market?
What are the key tactics that battery equipment manufacturers can utilize to compete with established market players?
What are the significant stages involved in battery manufacturing, and what types of equipment are utilized in each stage?