January 17, 2021

Indicators of inexperienced shoots in passenger automobile and two-wheeler section: Exide Industries boss

Exide Industries’ MD & CEO Gautam Chatterjee on Tuesday stated after few consecutive months of plunging gross sales in a post-Covid situation, there have been indicators of green-shoots in passenger automobile and two-wheeler segments, the place the year-on-year de-growth was a lot lesser than the earlier months.

“The auto sector was not acting at desired ranges for the final two years. An identical scenario endured within the preliminary months throughout the post-lockdown interval. Nevertheless, there are some indicators of an enchancment in demand, significantly low-cost automobile in addition to two wheeler segments. There may be some expectation of improved demand for the car sector going into the festive season,” Chatterjee advised shareholders on the firm’s annual common assembly.

“Many OEMs have registered improved gross sales vis-a-vis the previous couple of months, and this brings again a sentiment of resolve to the sector,” he added. Nevertheless, Exide’s dependence on auto OEM was lower than 20% and the after-market was not impacted. Exide was a pacesetter in auto OEMs and after-market.

Chatterjee knowledgeable that two new firms – MG Motor (with its Hector mannequin) and KIA Motors (with its Seltos) began this yr with 100% use of Exide batteries.

A market chief in batteries for auto OEMs, Exide Industries stated that it was dedicated to constructing capabilities and experience for lithium ion batteries for electrical automobiles and storage and the pandemic had not thrown a spanner within the plans. The corporate added that it anticipated demand for batteries to choose up in a phased method.

It has already arrange a three way partnership firm ‘Exide Leclanche Power Personal Restricted’ with technical and monetary collaboration with Europe’s power storage options supplier, Leclanché.

Chatterjee stated, the JV was properly positioned with an meeting line with a capability of 1.5 GWh to take a number one place within the lithium-ion battery market in India.

“Manufacturing traces have been ordered for battery pack meeting for cylindrical, prismatic and pouch cells, with a few of them already in operation as we communicate at present. Many pilot orders have been collected from a number of automotive OEMs, in addition to giant telecom operators, UPS producers and photo voltaic PV firms,” he added.

The Covid-19 pandemic has turned out to be a bonus for Exide so far as lithium ion batteries are involved. “A lot of our OEMs who have been planning to go to China for the batteries are actually coming again to us,” Chatterjee defined.

He additionally spoke about introducing ‘ultra-batteries’ and different options within the power space for storing and the lithium chemistry area. Chatterjee stated with declining upfront prices and gradual enchancment in expertise, greater manufacturing of electrified automobiles is possible now.