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Cathode Materials Market Research Report – Segmented By Battery Type (Lead-acid, Lithium-ion), By Material (Lithium-ion and Lead-acid) - Industry Analysis on Size, Share, Trends, Growth & Forecast | 2022 to 2027

Published: January, 2022
ID: 11181
Pages: 175

Cathode Materials Market Size (2022 - 2027):

The Global Cathode Materials Market was valued at USD 15.92 billion in 2021 and is predicted to reach USD 23.10 billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 6.5% over the foreseen period 2022-2027.

The market is driven by a growing call for electric vehicles and various consumer electronics products. There is an active shift in the automotive industry towards the use of clean and sustainable fuels. Batteries are one of the proven solutions and versatile methods for storing electricity. A battery consists mainly of four components, cathode materials, anode materials, spacers, and an electrolyte solution. The cathode materials provide ions while the batteries are in charge or discharge mode. Cathode materials have gradually evolved from the level of the first generation to the level of the third generation. The cathode materials market is predicted to see significant double-digit expansion during the foreseen period. A battery stores energy in the form of chemical energy, which is converted into electricity when needed. Battery components include the anode, cathode, and electrolyte. The use of cathodic materials is escalating in lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems due to the immense popularity and growing call for electric vehicles. Cathode materials are essential components of any general battery that find diverse applications in the automotive, electronics, aerospace, and marine industries. Furthermore, lithium-ion batteries have a higher energy density, high performance, high discharge rate, ease of storage, durability, and environmental friendliness compared to traditional batteries.

The worldwide call for electrified vehicles (EV), including battery electric vehicles (BEV), plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), has escalated in recent years due to strict CO2 regulations, emissions, as well as government support through policy changes and subsidies. In Europe, North America, and some Asian countries, governments have started offering subsidies related to the manufacture of electric vehicles. This will increase the call for cathodic materials in electric vehicle batteries.

 Market Drivers

The adoption of renewable energy-based battery storage systems by various countries to overcome the cost and carbon emissions problems associated with fuel power will boost the worldwide market for cathode materials.

The worldwide market for cathode materials is predicted to experience healthy expansion during the foreseen period. The cathode materials are employed as voltage and energy limiting electrodes in batteries. The escalating use of batteries in electric vehicles (EVs) and consumer electronics is intended to provide a boost to the market. The market is predicted to benefit from the escalated use of lightweight, rechargeable batteries in modern devices such as smartphones and laptops. Rapid development in the commercial vehicle, passenger car, and motorcycle manufacturing is further fueling the call for cathode materials in batteries. Apart from this, the use of energy storage applications is likely to lead to an increase in the consumption of the product during the foreseen period. The use of cathode materials is escalating in personal mobility, industry and robotics, aerospace, and marine applications due to the latest lithium technologies such as gold nanowire batteries that can withstand a long recharge duration. The substantial productivity gain of the electric industrial forklift, electric forklift, and robotic systems is likely to increase the call for cathode materials. For the same battery volume, the built-in lithium-ion battery can triple the autonomy compared to conventional technologies.

Market Restraints

However, strict safety regulations for batteries during storage and transportation are predicted to slow the expansion of the cathode materials market during the foreseen period.

Market Opportunities:

The escalating use of electric vehicles and portable electronic devices is likely to drive the market for cathode materials during the foreseen period due to the use of cathode materials in lithium-ion batteries. The improved compatibility and durability of lithium-ion batteries have led to an increase in the call, which in turn is fueling the call for cathode materials. The automotive industry is likely to drive the call for cathodic materials as automakers have started to focus on electric vehicles and developed and developing countries have taken initiatives for a greener environment and lower CO2 emissions.




Market Size Available

2021 – 2027

Base Year


Forecast Period

2022 - 2027



Segments Covered

By Battery Type, Material, and Region.

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, DROC, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Analyst Overview on Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East & Africa


Market Leaders Profiled

Unicore, 3M, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Posco, Johnson Matthey, BASF SE, Sumitomo Corporation, Mitsui Mining & Smelting Company, Showa Denko, Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd, KUREHA CORPORATION, Sumitomo Corporation, Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., LTD., SHOWA DENKO K.K., The Dow Chemical Company, NICHIA CORPORATION, TODAKOGYO CORP, NEI Corporation, Nexeon Limited, Toda Kogyo Corp, Nichia Corporation, Sustainable Enterprises Media, Inc., Ube Industries, Pulead Technology Industry, Asahi Kasei Corporation



Market Segmentation:

Cathode Materials Market - By Battery Type:

  • Lead-acid
  • Lithium-ion

Depending on the type of battery, the lead-acid segment is predicted to account for the majority of the cathode materials market in 2021. Escalated investment by governments in the automotive industry will drive expansion in the market for cathode materials lead-acid during the foreseen period.

Cathode Materials Market By Material:

  • Lithium-ion
  • Lead-acid

On the basis of a material, the lead dioxide segment is predicted to account for the majority of the cathode materials market in 2021. The growing production of passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and two-wheelers, as well as the growing call of industrial energy storage, are predicted to drive the lead dioxide cathode materials market during the foreseen period.

Cathode Materials Market - By Region:

 The Cathode Materials Report includes the segmentation of Regions

  •  North America 
  •  Europe 
  •  Asia Pacific 
  •  Latin America 
  •  Middle East & Africa 

Asia-Pacific is estimated to account for the majority of the worldwide market for cathode materials in 2021. The main drivers of expansion for the Asia-Pacific cathode materials market include a high call for battery power systems and escalated battery consumers (automobiles, portable devices, and industrial) in Asia-Pacific countries. Market expansion in Asia Pacific countries is also driven by the shift of preference from fuel to battery power due to regulations on CO2 emissions and government support through changes, policies, and subsidies. These have further escalated the call for electrified vehicles, including BEV, PHEV, and HEV. Asia-Pacific accounted for the largest share of the worldwide market for cathode materials in 2021 due to the escalating industrialization of emerging economies such as India, China, and Thailand.

China is predicted to fuel the call for cathodic materials with government support, a strong manufacturing base, and growing investment from auto giants in the production of electric vehicles. These factors have made the country a major consumer of cathode materials. North America is another prominent region for cathode materials due to technological advancements in the aerospace, automotive, and electronics industries for more compatible devices such as drones and aircraft. Furthermore, the escalating production of light, electric, and hybrid vehicles in the automotive industry is likely to drive market expansion during the period considered. The European market for cathode materials is predicted to grow due to the call from the automotive industry for light and fuel-efficient vehicles. The growing awareness of emission-free cars is predicted to be the main driver of market expansion in the region.

Impact of Covid-19 on Cathode Materials Market:

The battery industry has grown at a high pace in the past two decades, supported by the escalating power call of modern portable customer electronics, electric vehicles, and the escalating adoption of intermittent renewable power generation. With the rise of the COVID-19 endemic, there is a sharp pullback in economic activity owing to compulsory lockdowns and other containment measures. According to the IMF World Economic Outlook published in June 2020, the world economy is set to post a -4.9% GDP growth rate in 2020. 

Market Key Players:

The major players covered in the cathode materials market report are 

  1. Unicore
  2. 3M 
  3. Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings
  4. Posco 
  5. Johnson Matthey
  6. BASF SE
  7. Sumitomo Corporation
  8. Mitsui Mining & Smelting Company
  9. Showa Denko
  10. Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd
  12. Sumitomo Corporation
  13. Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., LTD.
  15. The Dow Chemical Company
  18. NEI Corporation
  19. Nexeon Limited
  20. Toda Kogyo Corp
  21. Nichia Corporation
  22. Sustainable Enterprises Media, Inc.
  23. Ube Industries
  24. Pulead Technology Industry
  25. Asahi Kasei Corporation

1. Introduction                                 

                1.1 Market Definition                    

                1.2 Scope of the report                 

                1.3 Study Assumptions                 

                1.4 Base Currency, Base Year and Forecast Periods                           

2. Research Methodology                                           

                2.1 Analysis Design                         

                2.2 Research Phases                      

                                2.2.1 Secondary Research           

                                2.2.2 Primary Research 

                                2.2.3 Data Modelling     

                                2.2.4 Expert Validation  

                2.3 Study Timeline                          

3. Report Overview                                        

                3.1 Executive Summary                

                3.2 Key Inferencees                       

4. Market Dynamics                                       

                4.1 Impact Analysis                        

                                4.1.1 Drivers      

                                4.1.2 Restaints 

                                4.1.3 Opportunities        

                4.2 Regulatory Environment                       

                4.3 Technology Timeline & Recent Trends                            

5. Competitor Benchmarking Analysis                                    

                5.1 Key Player Benchmarking                     

                                5.1.1 Market share analysis         

                                5.1.2 Products/Service 

                                5.1.3 Regional Presence

                5.2 Mergers & Acquistion Landscape                      

                5.3 Joint Ventures & Collaborations                        

6. Market Segmentation                                              

                6.1 Cathode Materials Market, By Battery Type                 

                                6.1.1 Lead-acid 

                                6.1.2 Lithium-ion             

                                6.1.3 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2022 - 2027)   

                                6.1.4 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis              

                                6.1.5 Market Attractiveness Index           

                6.2 Cathode Materials Market, By Material                          

                                6.2.1 Lithium-ion             

                                6.2.2 Lead-acid 

                                6.2.3 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2022 - 2027)   

                                6.2.4 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis              

                                6.2.5 Market Attractiveness Index           

7. Geographical Landscape                                         

                7.1 Global Identity Governance and Administration Market, by Region                    

                7.2 North America - Market Analysis (2022-2027)                            

                                7.2.1 By Country              



                                7.2.2 By Battery Type    

                                7.2.3 By Material             

                7.3 Europe                         

                                7.3.1 By Country              






                                       Rest of Europe

                                7.3.2 By Battery Type    

                                7.3.3 By Material             

                7.4 Asia Pacific                  

                                7.4.1 By Country              




                                       South Korea

                                       South East Asia

                                       Australia & NZ

                                       Rest of Asia-Pacific

                                7.4.2 By Battery Type    

                                7.4.3 By Material             

                7.5 Latin America                            

                                7.5.1 By Country              




                                       Rest of Latin America

                                7.5.2 By Battery Type    

                                7.5.3 By Material             

                7.6 Middle East and Africa                           

                                7.6.1 By Country              

                                       Middle East


                                7.6.2 By Battery Type    

                                7.6.3 By Material             

8. Key Player Analysis                                    

                8.1 Unicore                        

                                8.1.1 Business Description           

                                8.1.2 Products/Service 

                                8.1.3 Financials 

                                8.1.4 SWOT Analysis      

                                8.1.5 Recent Developments       

                                8.1.6 Analyst Overview 

                8.2 3M                 

                8.3 Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings                             

                8.4 Posco                            

                8.5 Johnson Matthey                    

                8.6 BASF SE                        

                8.7 Sumitomo Corporation                          

                8.8 Mitsui Mining & Smelting Company                 

                8.9 Showa Denko                            

                8.10 Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd                    

9. Market Outlook & Investment Opportunities                                 


                List of Tables                     

                List of Figures                   

  1. Global Cathode Materials Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  2. Global Cathode Materials Market By Battery Type, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  3. Global Lead-acid Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  4. Global Lithium-ion Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  5. Global Cathode Materials Market By Material, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  6. Global Lithium-ion Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  7. Global Lead-acid Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )

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