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Frost & Sullivan | New Mega Trends

Frost & Sullivan | New Mega Trends

Frost & Sullivan has just completed a New Mega Trends analysis to provide companies with the tools to not only identify and evaluate these game-changing trends, but also to translate them into market opportunities for everyday business and personal activities. These Mega Trends include: e-Mobility – By 2020, we will have globally over 45 million annual sales of electric vehicles which will include electric two and four wheelers. 2018 will be the great tipping year for the automotive industry; when electric vehicles replace gasoline-powered vehicles as the heart of their business. Health, Wellness and Well-being – Sustainability was one of the major trends of the last decade. Health, Wellness and Well-being will be the most important factor of discussion and differentiation in this decade. Healthcare spending will tip over 15% of GDP by middle of this decade (20 to 30% by 2050) and government’s inability to make the necessary investments will lead to a paradigm shift in the concept of healthcare. Connectivity and Convergence – With over 80 billion connected devices, 9 billion mobile phones, 5 billion Internet users, 5 connected devices for every individual, 10 connected devices for every household and 500 devices with unique digital IDs (Internet of things) per square kilometre, we will pave way to a digital planet by 2020. Connectivity will see wide-spread convergence of technologies, products and even industries. Planes to Trains: The era of high speed rail – In the next 10 years, we predict huge increases globally in high-speed rail and in the vast white space opportunities it brings with it. All regions of the world, including the Middle East and... read more
End Uses of Lead

End Uses of Lead

The principal consumption of lead is for lead-acid batteries which are used in: vehicles (SLI Batteries), stand-by applications (e.g. UPS, Telecom, Oil & Gas, Emergency Lighting, Renewable Energy), as well as in industrial batteries found in forklift trucks (motive power batteries). Lead is also used in compounds in the glass and plastics industries and for radiation shielding.   Average end use patterns over the last five years are illustrated in the chart hereunder.... read more
Global UPS market

Global UPS market

According to recent quarterly tracker results of the global UPS market from IMS Research, year-over-year growth slowed to 5% in Q4 2011 following three consecutive quarters of double digit growth. As part of its ongoing UPS market analysis, IMS Research shows 2011 revenues roughly in line with what was forecast. The year started out relatively strongly, ending with a nearly 12 point gain year-to-date over 2010. However, fourth quarter’s sales slumped and this is a trend likely to continue rather than be just a seasonal slowdown in the market. America’s UPS sales performed as projected in 2011, with mid-range and large UPS sales growing faster than single-phase UPS. 2012 growth rates for the region are forecast to be soft, as North America’s economy is still a risk despite recent more upbeat news. Strained budgets and uncertain future investments are consequences of the US’s financial woes. While Latin America’s market is projected to show double-digit growth, the market size is only a quarter of that of the US. Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) also saw faster growing sales in the mid-range to large UPS after being flat in 2010, though favorable currency exchange helped the situation to some extent. Unfortunately, EMEA’s signs of improvement appear to be short-lived, as problems with economic stability continue and the region slides back into recession. IMS Research market analyst Lori Lewis explains, “Europe’s financial health has been very dependent on the outcome of the European debt crisis. Since there have been no resolutions to the problems and many countries are faced with credit rating downgrades, it is likely that EMEA’s UPS market... read more
Global Lead-Acid Battery Market Development Status

Global Lead-Acid Battery Market Development Status

The product that has the largest share of the electric storage device market The lead-acid battery has been playing an important role in the automobile and motorcycle industries for a long time. In recent years, the lead-acid battery’s applications can be seen in the markets of Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems (UPS), UPS used in communication base stations, medical equipment, and electric vehicles. Because of the early commercial applications, product maturity, and the low cost, it is still the product with the largest market in electric storage technology. Whether it is the selection, research and development of the materials, processing technology, or the battery recycling technology, the industry technology and the market have entered the mature stage. The anode material used in a lead-acid battery is lead dioxide, the cathode is lead, while the electrolyte is sulfuric acid and water, in the proportion of 1.24. In general, the voltage specifications of the lead-acid battery sold in the market are 12V, and 24V, which are assembled with multiple 2V batteries connected in a series circuit, while the capacity is dependent on the surface area of the electrode plates. When the battery is in a discharged state, the active materials of the anode and cathode react with sulfuric acid and form lead sulfate; when the discharge stops, the concentration of the sulfuric acid in the electrolyte decreases, and the resistance inside the battery increases. It is during this time, that it requires the generator in an automobile, or a motorcycle to recharge. From the perspective of the existing lead-acid battery market, the global market share of the lead-acid battery in 2010 was... read more