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The Manufacture and Supply of Batteries 2021

Stephen Timm | South Africa | 30 July 2021

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Report Coverage

This report focuses on the manufacture of batteries and includes comprehensive information on the state of the sector including primary, automotive, energy storage, industrial and lithium-ion batteries, electric vehicles, technology, recycling and other environmental factors. There are profiles of nine companies including Eveready, the only primary battery manufacturer in South Africa and other major brands such as Energizer and Duracell. Other companies profiled include AutoX, involved in the automotive battery replacement market, and First National Battery (under Metindustrial), a major player in the original equipment manufacturer sector, and a supplier of industrial batteries.

The Manufacture and Supply of Batteries in South Africa

Demand for lithium-ion batteries is expected to increase as internal combustion engine vehicles lose share to electric vehicles. While South Africa has no lithium-ion battery cell manufacturers, several companies are involved in battery pack assembly. Demand for all types of batteries is also expected to come from the rollout of renewable energy projects. Battery demand in South Africa is being driven by the growth in the number of renewable energy projects, an increasing number of homeowners and by industrial and commercial users looking for a reliable energy source as load-shedding continues.

Electric Vehicles

Global sales of new energy vehicles (battery, hybrid and fuel cell) accelerated in 2020, despite the decrease in new vehicle sales due to the pandemic. The number of electric vehicles in South Africa is small, although studies indicate the importance of local vehicle manufacturers moving away from combustion engine vehicles to ensure the industry’s long-term sustainability. Electric vehicles are expensive and there is a limited charging infrastructure. Import tariffs are a significant inhibitor for investment in electronic vehicle manufacturing.

Stationary Energy Storage

In South Africa, the energy storage market continues to grow, as new independent power producer projects come on stream and as load-shedding continues. Load-shedding is driving demand for back-up power and uninterrupted power supply applications, particularly in commercial, industrial and agricultural applications where the costs of energy insecurity are high.

Table of Contents

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 7
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 9
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 16
4.1. Local 16
4.1.1. Trade 34
4.1.2. Corporate Actions 38
4.1.3. Regulations 39
4.1.4. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 41
4.2. Continental 42
4.3. International 46
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 57
5.1. Coronavirus 57
5.2. Economic Environment 57
5.3. Government Initiatives 59
5.4. Supply and Demand Impacts 61
5.5. Rising Operating Costs 63
5.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 65
5.7. Labour 73
5.8. Cyclicality 74
5.9. Environmental 75
6. COMPETITION 79
6.1. Barriers to Entry 80
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 80
8. OUTLOOK 81
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 82
10. REFERENCES 82
10.1. Publications 82
10.2. Websites 83
APPENDIX 1 85
Summary of Notable players 85
COMPANY PROFILES 87
AUTOX (PTY) LTD 87
DONAVENTA HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 89
DURACELL SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 91
ENERGIZER (SOUTH AFRICA) LTD 92
EVEREADY (PTY) LTD 94
METINDUSTRIAL (PTY) LTD 97
POTENSA (PTY) LTD 100
PROBE CORPORATION (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 102
SOLGUARD (PTY) LTD 104