DigiTimes reports prices of laptop batteries are likely to fall as supply is running in excess of demand by 20-25 percent, as battery makers have expanded capacity too aggressively.
Due to aggressive capacity expansion previously by battery makers, notebook battery cell production is running in excess of demand by 20-25%. With flat growth expected for notebook sales in the fourth quarter of 2010, oversupply and falling prices will likely persist.
The main cell suppliers are Sanyo Electric, Samsung SDI, Panasonic and LG Electronics, with Sanyo and Samsung SDI each grabbing more than a 20% share of the worldwide market. Panasonic and LG Electronics are ranked third and fourth.