JSR Corporation, SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD., ELKEM ASA is dominating the Korea Silicon Anode Material Battery Market in year 2019

China, Japan and Korea silicon anode battery market is expected to reach USD 1,521.26 million by 2026 from USD 79.15 million in 2018, at a CAGR of 44.7% in the forecast period 2019 to 2026. The years considered for study are as mentioned below.

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Initially, silicon and graphite was being used in the lithium ion batteries. But due to limited quantity of graphite as a natural resource the companies started using only silicon within the lithium ion batteries as it increases the lithium ion capacity as well as the storage capacity. Silicon has major usage in electric vehicle which is one of the fastest growing markets. China & Japan and other Asia-Pacific countries have started using electric vehicles within their domestic territory which has led to the increase in the usage of silicon based anode batteries. This is still at a developing stage because the expansion of the size while charging and discharging is quite high.

Some of the recent developments that have taken place in this market are as follows:

  • In December 2018, Elkem Silicones opened a new R&D centre at its Saint-Fons site, in Lyon, France. This new R&D centre is built in order to support its global growth with the development of high value-added silicone specialties
  • In August 2018, Elkem ASA opened its new plant for foundry products in Paraguay. The company has expanded its business in Latin America by opening its first plant there.
  • In April 2018, Targray showcased its new product line of advanced materials for lithium-ion cell at the Battery Show Europe, 2018, in Hannover, Germany

Furthermore, China is the largest producer of electric vehicle and electronic products. For instance, in 2017, China has produced approximately 600 thousand electric vehicles. Hence, there is big opportunity in the China as an electric vehicle needs high storage capacity batteries and fast chargeable batteries. For instance, in October 2018, Huawei Consumer Business Group has patented lithium-silicon battery that has fast-charging capability and better safety. Additionally, BTR New Energy Material Ltd is one of the leading the company for providing silicon anode material for lithium ion batteries.

In 2017, China has produced more than 41.70 million mobile phones and launch 97 newly models. Hence, this demands innovations and enhancements when it comes to storage capacity of mobile phones and silicon has comes across as one of the better anode material in electronic devices such as smart phones due its high storage capacity and fast charging.

Silicon anode material is at its early phase but there are many developments and innovation going on to overcome the challenges arrived for silicon anode material.

For instance,

  • Ashland has developed Soteras MSi binder which can increase the 30% better capacity retention and reduce the swelling.
  • Norwegian researchers have discovered better way to stabilize silicon anode in lithium ion batteries named as SiliconX which is quite different from pure anode material battery as battery material made of pure anode though holds huge charging capacity but deterioration rate is higher whereas in case of siliconX the charging capacity is higher and has stable life.

Proper innovation and development can make silicon material more suitable for lithium ion batteries and may replace traditional anode materials such as graphite.

BTR New Energy Material Ltd dominated the Silicon anode battery market and accounts for the highest market share in 2018 which is followed by Targray Group, Elkem ASA, SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD., JSR Corporation, Albemarle Corporation, NanoGraf Corporation, Ashland, Orange Power Ltd., and Nexeon Limited.

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. was founded in 1926 at Tokyo, Japan. The company focuses on manufacturing and selling of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), semiconductor devices, silicones, and rare earth magnets. The company has more than 20,155 employees. The company has its global presence in Europe, Asia-Oceania, North America, South America. The company’s business segment include PVC/Chlor-Alkali, Semiconductor Silicon, Silicones, Electronics and Functional Materials, Specialty Chemicals, Processing Trading and Specialized Services and market focused segment is Silicon Materials. The company has strong workforce of 20,155 employees. The company holds 20,000 patents and has acquired 2,200 patents from Japan and overseas, including Asia/Oceania, North America, and Europe among other regions.

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. deals in multiple business segments, such as PVC/Chlor-Alkali, Semiconductor Silicon, Silicones, Electronics and Functional Materials, Specialty Chemicals, Processing, Trading and Specialized Services; and its Silicon anode material battery market’s focused segment is Silicones. In 2018, PVC/Chlor-Alkali segment of the company has been increased by 40%, semiconductor silicon segment of the company has been increased by 32%, silicones segment of the company has been increased by 13%, electronics and functional material segment of the company has been increased by 100%, specialty chemicals segment of the company has been increased by 57%, processing, trading and specialised services segment of the company has been increased by 80% from last year. But the company offers only one product related to this market which is SiO. It is an anode material for next-generation lithium ion batteries, which have excellent power and high capacity properties and is efficient for electrical conductivity by using Shin-Etsu’s own proprietary method. Although the company has offered very efficient silicon-based anode material but giving only one product is not enough to generate much revenue in the respective market.

  • In July 2018, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.’s subsidiary Shintech Inc. made an announcement for developing new plant in Louisiana, U.S., in order to expand its business for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from salt.
  • In June 2017, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. announced to double Shin-Etsu Magnetic Materials Vietnam Co., Ltd.’s production capacity for rare earth magnets. The company targeted its production capacity to be 2,200 tons/year by increasing its investment significantly.

The company’s subsidiaries include Shin-Etsu Handotai Co., Ltd., (Japan), Shin-Etsu Engineering Co., Ltd., (Japan), Shin-Etsu Magnetics Philippines, Inc., (Philippines), Shin-Etsu Singapore Pte Ltd. (Singapore), Shin-Etsu Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia), Shin-Etsu Silicones Europe B.V. (Netherlands) among others.

Elkem ASA

Elkem ASA was founded in 1904 at Oslo, Norway. The company focuses on supply of silicon-based advanced materials. The company has more than 6,280 employees. The company has its global presence in Europe, Africa, Americas, and Asia. The business segments of the company include Silicones, Silicon Materials, Foundry Products, Carbon, Other. Foundry Products operating income increased by 20% due to higher prices and improved sales volume and mix from last year In 2018, revenue of the company is USD 3128.81 Million. The company has made several decisions regarding the expansion of their business across the globe. They have expanded their business in Latin America (Paraguay) by opening its first foundry plant based on charcoal production. The strong equity ratio which has grown from 33% in 2017 to 44% in 2018, has helped the company to expand in other regions with a high pace. It has been observed that fossil CO2 emission by the company has been increased by 30 % from year 2017. Strong equity ratio would help the company to strengthen and expand the silicon anode battery sector as the focus of the company is to penetrate in the potential areas.

  • In December 2018, Elkem Silicones opened a new R&D centre at its Saint-Fons site, in Lyon, France. This new R&D centre is built in order to support its global growth with the development of high value-added silicone specialties
  • In August 2018, Elkem ASA opened its new plant for foundry products in Paraguay. The company has expanded its business in Latin America by opening its first plant there

The company’s subsidiaries include Bluestar Silicon Material Co. Ltd. (China), Elkem GmbH (Germany), Elkem S.a.r.l. (France), Elkem LTD. (England), Elkem Distribution Center B.V. (Netherlands), Elkem Metal Canada Inc. (Canada) among others.

JSR Corporation

The company was founded in 1957 at Tokyo, Japan. The company focuses on providing petrochemical products and fine chemicals and deals in elastomers business, plastics business, and fine chemicals. The company has more than 7,203 employees. The company has its global presence in Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America. The business segments of the company include elastomers business, plastics business, fine chemicals and other products business. In 2018, 46.8% of total revenue is generated from Elastomers Business, 12.4% of total revenue is generated from plastics business, 40.8% of total revenue is generated from digital solutions business, life sciences business and other businesses. Additionally, In 2018, elastomers business segment of the company has been increased by 6.5%, plastics business segment of the company has been increased by 13.3%, digital solution business segment of the company has been increased by 9.8% from last year.

Market focused segment of the company is fine chemicals and other products business. In 2018, revenue of the company is USD 3,839.56 Million.

The company has huge product portfolio which enables the company not to depend on a particular business segment for the revenue generation. It has been observed that the company has majorly 5 business segments with 12 product categories and 6 application categories. Diversified and effective product portfolio of the company helps it to reduce the business as well as financial risk.

  • In December 2018, JSR Corporation introduced a new pre-lithiation technology to improve the safety and capacity of the lithium ion batteries. This new technology was presented at the AABC Europe, held in France, on 27 -31 January, 2019.
  • In March 2017, JSR Corporation received the Intel’s prestigious supplier continuous quality improvement award for its highest standards of quality. The company achieved this accomplishment because of their highest standards of quality, technology and customer service.

The company’s subsidiaries include KBI Biopharma Inc. (U.S.), JSR Micro N.V. (Belgium), Elastomix Co., Ltd (Thailand), JSR Micro Kyushu Co.,Ltd. (Japan), J&w Beijing Biotech Co., Ltd. (China) among others.