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Japanese Enterprises compete for Lithium Battery Market in China

Japanese Enterprises compete for Lithium Battery Market in China

May 4,2018

WhenJapanese friends visit home, they often talk about the future ofChineseautomobile industry, especially the big  development of electriccars in Chinain recent years. 

“Do Chinese like to buy TSLA?”Japanese friends often ask. So I took them downstairsand stood on the street at Wudaokou in Beijing, counting "Tesla". andbasically in a few minutes there would pass a such car.


Japanese friends are amazed that the quantity of Tesla in Bejing are more than in Tokyo. Of course, I will tell them that the future growth of theChinese electric car market is not only the "Tesla" produced in theUnited States, but also a number of local brands that thrive as well.


Japanese companies are concerned the scale and growth potential of Chinese electricvehicle market. One of the key components of electric vehicles is lithium batteries, and lithium batteries are the strengths of Japanese companies.Lithium battery technology has been developed early in Japan. Japaneseenterprises have many patents on lithium battery electrolyte and positive-and-negative metal materials. They have rich experience in observing and detectingthe purity of lithium battery and recycling lithium battery. This has made them smell huge business opportunitiesin the Chinese market.


For example, lithium batteries require very high purity of materials, and if theyare mixed with metal fragment, it is possible that the battery will catch fireand explode. Once the foreign matters are found, it is necessary to stop theproduction immediately. The production scale of the car battery is huge. Theshutdown means that the enterprise will be faced with the economic losses ofmillions of dollars or even thousands of dollars. Therefore, electric vehiclecompanies need to use high precision electronic microscope to strictly detectthe above situation.


Hitachi hi-tech company, which is known for the leading electronic microscope, openedthe "Hitachi high technology science park" in Shanghai in March thisyear, there are mainly with an electronic microscope equiped with a variety ofrelated analytical equipment. The intention to aim at the Chinese market in thefuture is very clear.


With the popularity of electric vehicles, there will be a large number of abandonedlithium batteries need to be recycled, which also contains enormous businessopportunities.


Mitsubishi Material Corp in Japan has always been known for its production of copper andlead, and now has shifted its focus on the development of lithium batteryrecycling. Another Japanese company famous for its production of cameras, alsohas battery recycling technology, and is actively looking for opportunities tocooperate with China.


Japan's Nissan announced in February 2018 that they plan to invest 60 billion in Chinato produce electric vehicles  directly.


Japanese companies are very clear that the largest electric vehicle market in the worldwill be in China, and the production center of lithium ion batteries forautomobiles is also here.


"We have seen that China has published more papers than Japan, and only less thanthe United States, ranking second in the world, which shows that China has beena global leader in many research areas," said Zheng Yihua, Minister of theanalysis unit of Hitachi High Technology Corporation in China cause group. Soour focus is changing( China is just a market for customers to provide productsand solutions, and China will be the center of research and development in thefuture, leading technology change.) 

Ashlee Peng




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