According to a recent report on the nickel hydroxide market by Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence company, demand for the product is set to increase at 6.2% CAGR over the tenure of 2021 to 2031, following huge demand from battery manufacturers targeting applications requiring high-current standards.
As per the study, the nickel hydroxide market is set to expand 1.8X and be valued at US$ 5.5 Bn by the end of 2031.
Nickel Hydroxide Industry Report Scope
|Nickel Hydroxide Market Size in 2021||USD 3 Billion|
|Nickel Hydroxide Market Forecast Value for 2031||USD 5.5 Billion|
|Global Growth Rate||CAGR 6.2%|
|North America Market Size in 2021||USD 0.7 Billion|
|Latin America Market Size in 2021||USD 0.1 Billion|
|Europe Market Size in 2021||USD 0.8 Billion|
|East Asia Market Size in 2021||USD 0.9 Billion|
|South Asia & Oceania Market Size in 2021||USD 0.4 Billion|
|Middle East and Africa Market Size in 2021||USD 0.1 Billion|
|Historical Data Available for||2016-2020|
|Market Analysis||Value in US$ Mn, Volume in Tons|
|Key Regions Covered||
|Key Countries Covered||
|Key Segments Covered||
|Key Companies Profiled||
Consumption Analysis of Nickel Hydroxide from 2016 to 2020 Vs Market Outlook for 2021 to 2031
Over the past half-decade, the market for nickel hydroxide witnessed a huge boost from the automotive and electrical industry. The compound annual growth rate of the market from 2016 to 2020 was calculated to be around 4.6%.
The push was all around from East Asia’s growing industrialization push towards solar infrastructure development. Additionally, during the past half-decade, use of nickel hydroxide in electrocatalysis has been on the rise.
In 2020, the market contracted by 1.2% owing to the shutdown of non-essential manufacturing industries. Demand for nickel electroplating along with its usage as a battery cathode material is poised to boost demand of the product during the forecast period of 2021-31.
Customized summary of over forecast period entails the following:
- Demand for nickel hydroxide based batteries to hold hegemony at a solid CAGR of 6.6%.
- Adoption of unique end uses in the automotive industry to conquer 34% share by 2031.
- Demand for nickel hydroxide catalysts is on the rise, especially from the chemical industry.
How are Manufacturers Responding to Escalating Demand for Ni(OH)2?
Players in the industry want to increase their income and profit streams, and are investing in improving their conventional nickel hydroxide production technology. As a result, they are expanding globally in order to increase returns.
- For instance, Nornickel, Umicore, Sumitomo Metal Mining, and Jilin Jein Nickel Industry have all boosted their R&D spending and production as a. In 2020, Umicore in Poland secured a loan of around US$ 146 million from the European bank, demonstrating the market's potential growth for the decade.
- Furthermore, Umicore invested US$ 372 million to increase cathodic battery material manufacturing. Also, Sumitomo Metal Mining, a Japanese conglomerate, plans to invest US$ 424 million by the end of 2021 to increase cathode material manufacturing for rechargeable batteries.
The future scope of this industry is impacted by governmental laws and removal of gas-emitting engines, which is why, well-established firms are looking forward to develop and invest in it. Moreover, demand for nickel batteries has been increasing as a result of this.
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What are Some of the Applications of Nickel(II) Hydroxide?
As catalyst application of nickel hydroxide is on the rise, manufacturers have been trying to enhance overall efficiency for use of nickel hydroxide in the chemical industry. Additionally, application of nickel hydroxide in batteries has remained one of the primary demand generators over the years, owing to the use of nickel hydroxide in the automotive industry.
Besides, use of nickel hydroxide as electrodes in electrochemical batteries, especially in the chemical industry, has been responsible for robust growth during the past half-decade.
In addition to the application of nickel hydroxide in electrochemical processes, nickel hydroxide-based batteries have remained the primary choice of battery for PHEV manufacturers in the past few years. This has increased demand for battery grade nickel hydroxide. These battery chemistries include nickel–cobalt hydroxide, zinc-nickel hydroxide and nickel cadmium hydroxide.
Additionally, application of nickel hydroxide in the photocatalysis reaction has turned out to be fruitful for manufacturers in the past.
How are Manufacturers Advancing their Technology to Supply Spherical Coated Ni(OH)2?
For technical breakthroughs in the synthesis of nickel hydroxide and its end-use applications, the market is now undergoing an unprecedented period of mergers, joint ventures, expansions, and signed agreements. All key companies in this industry have stressed on the significance of producing a more durable and efficient grade of nickel hydroxide, and one of these grades is spherical-coated nickel hydroxide.
These companies' R&D centers came to the idea that combining chemicals at the atomic or subatomic level produces high-performance materials that may be employed in a variety of applications. As a result of its amorphous nature, spherical coated nickel hydroxide grade possesses a characteristic known as excellent fallibility.
Kansai Catalyst Co. Ltd, for example, has invested in surface treatment methods that enable cobalt to be coated on Ni(OH)2. This product is in great demand due to its capacity to provide increased surface area, which improves surface characteristics. As a result of this capacity, characteristics of the base and coated material are enhanced synergistically.
In light of the aforementioned reasons, manufacturers are continuously improving the product to stay competitive and meet current and future market demand.
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Country wise Analysis
Why is the U.S. a Primary Target for Ni(OH)2 Manufacturers?
The U.S. is one of the few countries with established battery charging networks laid out across the country. The U.S. has been an early adopter of electric vehicles in an attempt to decarbonize the economy, which would, in turn, be responsible for an alarming increase in the number of electric vehicles being seen on the roads.
Additionally, recently, President Biden released a blueprint to meet around 45% of electricity demand from the sun by 2050, up from a mere 4% as of 2020. To achieve this target, the country would need to increase its installed solar energy generation capacity by double every year for the next four years, and again double the capacity by 2030.
These plants use photovoltaic cells for storing energy, which use nickel hydroxide as one of the cathode materials, in turn, expected to boost demand over the long-run forecast period.
How is China Faring in the Market for Nickel Hydroxide?
China has remained the largest manufacturer of automobiles in the past half-decade. However, multiple regulatory changes were made by the Chinese government for increasing the adoption of electric vehicles by 2040. This has, in turn, mandated manufacturers to strictly move towards achieving the goal of 40% of total sales being made from BEVs and PHEVs by 2040. This would largely result in nickel hydroxide batteries being the preferred choice for PHEV manufacturers.
Besides, China is committed to achieving its goal of installing and increasing its solar and wind power generation capacity to 1,200 GW by 2030 from its current 500 GW capacity. This would again require nickel-cadmium batteries that are mostly used for energy storage in solar power plants.
Additionally, as China remains the largest manufacturer of solar photovoltaic power systems in the world, it is anticipated to continue exerting its dominance in the market over the forecast period of 2021-31.
Category wise Analysis
What Makes Battery End Use Attractive for Manufacturers to Target?
Nickel hydroxide has remained the primary choice of battery material for hybrid electric vehicles during the past half-decade. This is due to the application of nickel hydroxide in batteries of electric hybrid vehicles. This has increased the sales of pure nickel hydroxide being used in these batteries.
Nickel-based batteries are resistant to electrical usage because they can be left in a discharged phase for long periods without lasting damage and work well in high-ambient temperatures.
Nickel-based batteries are utilised in a variety of applications, including standby, electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and aviation starters. They come in steel or plastic containers with pocket-plate or sintered electrodes.
Nickel-based batteries are especially well-suited to electrically or mechanically demanding applications, and they serve a wide range of applications. This has led to an increase in the consumption of nickel hydroxide batteries by the automobile sector.
PHEV registrations tripled in the past year as countries implemented strict laws and regulations to support the growth of electric vehicles and shift from IC engine-driven automobiles to EVs completely, thereby boosting demand for nickel hydroxide.
This also had a domino effect resulting in an increase in demand for nickel hydroxide, and an overall increase in the consumption of nickel hydroxide in battery manufacturing.
Which End-use Industry is anticipated to Dominate the Nickel Hydroxide Industry through 2031?
The automobile industry is poised to remain one of the primary reasons for the growth of nickel hydroxide sales, with a substantial number of vehicle manufacturers shifting to hybrid electric vehicle version of their existing IC engine vehicles. Besides, there has been a rise in the overall number of electric vehicle registrations in 2020, which is indicative of the fact that consumers are willing to accept electric vehicles and shift to a greener alternative.
Besides, more and more countries have been investing in developing their solar infrastructure as they try to reduce their dependence on non-renewable sources of energy for meeting their electrical needs. This, in turn, boosts the requirement of nickel-cadmium batteries, which are known to provide constant electric current and are preferred for starting generators and providing uninterrupted power supply, as they provide constant supply during the whole cycle.
Owing to this reason, the electrical industry has been utilising Ni-Cd batteries that contain cadmium nickel hydroxide, and offer this very property, along with the added advantage that these batteries can be left discharged for a longer duration of time,.
These nickel cadmium batteries also contain cobalt nickel hydroxide. Alongside, some of them use batteries that contain zinc nickel hydroxide as per client requirements and applications. This has escalated demand for pure nickel hydroxide being used to manufacture these batteries.
The aforementioned factors are poised to keep demand for nickel hydroxide steady through 2031.
The nickel hydroxide industry has remained moderately fragmented in nature, with vital players continuing to expand their share in the market. They have adopted a blend of organic and inorganic growth strategies to expand their geographical presence, and, in turn, improve their access to untapped markets.
- Japan's Sumitomo Metal Mining is investing US$ 424 million in increasing its cathodic material manufacturing capacity. It has a vision for a new nickel-based cathodic material facility to be built in western Japan.
- Norilsk Nickel, commonly known as Norn Nickel, a global leader in the nickel industry, has decided to increase its manufacturing capacity of battery raw materials.
Key Segments of Nickel Hydroxide Industry Survey
- 2N Nickel Hydroxide
- 2N5 Nickel Hydroxide
- 3N Nickel Hydroxide
- 3N5 Nickel Hydroxide
- 4N Nickel Hydroxide
- 5N Nickel Hydroxide
- Powder Nickel Hydroxide
- Nano-Particle Nickel Hydroxide
- Spherical Nickel Hydroxide
By End Use
By End-use Industry
Nickel Hydroxide Market- Scope of Report
A recent study by Fact.MR on the nickel hydroxide market offers a 10-year forecast for 2021 to 2031. The study analyzes crucial trends that are currently determining the growth of the market. This report explicates on vital dynamics, such as the drivers, restraints, and opportunities for key market players along with key stakeholders as well as emerging players associated with the development of nickel hydroxide.
The study also provides the dynamics that are responsible for influencing the future status of the market over the forecast period. A detailed assessment of value chain analysis, business execution, cost structure analysis, and supply chain analysis across regional markets has been covered in the report.
A list of prominent companies manufacturing nickel hydroxide, along with their product portfolios, key strategies, and SWOT analysis, enhances the reliability of this comprehensive research study.
The study offers comprehensive analysis on diverse features, including speculative and current production capacity, capacity utilization rates, captive sales, product-type pricing, revenue growth and list of consumers with consumption quantity, trade analysis, product enhancements, and revenue generation from nickel hydroxide across the globe.
A comprehensive estimate on the market has been provided through an optimistic scenario as well as a conservative scenario, taking into account revenue through nickel hydroxide during the forecast period.
Analysis on Market Size Evaluation
The market has been analyzed for each market segment in terms of volume (Tons), and value (US$ Mn).
Market estimates at global and regional levels for nickel hydroxide are available in terms of “US$ Mn”. A Y-o-Y growth contrast on prominent market segments, along with market attractiveness evaluation, has been incorporated in the report. Furthermore, absolute dollar opportunity analysis of all the segments adds prominence to the report. Absolute dollar opportunity plays a crucial role in assessing the level of opportunity that a company can look to achieve, along with identifying potential resources, considering the revenue perspective in the nickel hydroxide market.
Inspected Assessment on Regional Segments
Key sections have been elaborated in the report, which have helped deliver projections on regional markets. These chapters include market forces analysis, which is expected to have a momentous influence on the growth of the nickel hydroxide market during the forecast period.
Country-specific valuation on revenue for nickel hydroxide has been offered for each regional market, along with market scope estimates and forecasts, and impact analysis of the dynamics of prominence in regions and countries. For all regional markets, Y-o-Y growth estimates have also been incorporated in the report.
Detailed breakup in terms of value for key countries has also been included in the report.
In-depth Analysis on Competition
The report sheds light on leading providers of nickel hydroxide, along with their detailed profiles. Essential and up-to-date data related to market performers who are principally engaged in the nickel hydroxide has been brought with the help of a detailed dashboard view. Market share analysis and comparison of prominent players provided in the report permits report readers to take preemptive steps in advancing their businesses.
Company profiles have been included in the report, which include essentials such as product portfolios and key strategies, along with all-inclusive SWOT analysis on each player. Company presence is mapped and presented through a matrix for all the prominent players, thus providing readers with actionable insights, which helps in thoughtfully presenting the market status, and predicting the competition level in the nickel hydroxide market.
- FAQs -
The global nickel hydroxide market is valued to be more than US$ 3 Bn at present.
The market for nickel hydroxide is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 6.2% over the period of 2021 to 2031.
Demand for nickel hydroxide over the historical period of 2016 to 2020 increased at a nominal CAGR of 4.6%.
Significance as a battery cathode material along with rising usage in electroplating is driving demand.
Top 5 suppliers of nickel hydroxide held 38% market share in the year 2020.
The U.S, China, Germany, and Japan are the top 4 countries driving the market for nickel hydroxide.
The South Asia & Oceania market is set to witness a moderate growth at 4.2% CAGR over the forecast period.
The automobile industry is the driving end-use segment bolstering the market in North America, occupying around 33% market share.
Japan and South Korea business is set to expand at 5.6% and 6.3% CAGRS, respectively, with both countries cumulatively accounting for around 14% share in the global market.
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