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The Manufacture and Supply of Batteries and EMD
BY Marc Bosman
South Africa
31 July 2017
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The Manufacture and Supply of Batteries and EMD


The domestic battery manufacturing industry experienced a difficult 2016 due to pressure on consumers’ disposable income, declining employment, tightening credit conditions and political developments that resulted in gradual economic decline culminating in a recession in Q2 2017. Also a factor was the increase in the number of imported batteries, a sub-sector which continued to gain market share at the expense of local production despite the increase in import duty to 15%. The majority of imported automotive batteries originate from South Korea where manufacturers enjoy government sponsored grants and incentives. This negatively impacts local manufacturers, a situation compounded by the export of scrap batteries back to the country of manufacture, raising the cost of domestically recycled lead and making local manufacturing less competitive.


The importance of R&D


Ongoing research and development and refinement of the manufacturing process by battery manufacturers ensure continuous improvement in battery production. Companies have launched new forms of portable power as new technologies have become more reliable and affordable. According to role player Metair, lead acid batteries are likely to remain integral to motor vehicles in the near future, but the trend towards hybrid vehicles and Lithium-ion batteries is accelerating. Significant research effort is dedicated worldwide to the development of several future cell chemistries which have the potential to outperform contemporary Li-ion cells.


Report coverage


The Manufacture and Supply of Batteries and EMD describes the current developments and trends in the sector, the growth in the energy storage market as electricity prices increase and factors that influence the success of local manufacturers. The report also profiles six companies that manufacture locally, including Solguard (Pty) Ltd t/a BlueNova, which was established in June 2015 and specialises in the development and manufacture of Energy Storage Solutions. Also profiled are companies that import batteries, including Duracell which was procured from Procter and Gamble by Berkshire Hathaway in 2016.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4.1. Local 6
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 12
4.1.2. Regulations 13
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 15
4.2. Continental 15
4.3. International 17
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 20
5.1. Economic Environment 20
5.2. Government Initiatives 20
5.3. Supply and Demand Impacts 22
5.4. Rising Operating Costs 22
5.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 23
5.6. Labour 27
5.7. Cyclicality 28
5.8. Environmental 28
6. COMPETITION 30
6.1. Barriers to Entry 31
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 31
8. OUTLOOK 32
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 33
10. REFERENCES 33
10.1. Publications 33
10.2. Websites 37
COMPANY PROFILES 38
AUTOX (PTY) LTD 38
CIRCUIT BREAKER INDUSTRIES (PTY) LTD 40
DONAVENTA HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 43
DURACELL SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 45
ENERGIZER (SOUTH AFRICA) LTD 47
EVEREADY (PTY) LTD 49
JUST BATTERIES (PTY) LTD 52
METINDUSTRIAL (PTY) LTD 54
SOLGUARD (PTY) LTD 57