Murata’s lithium-ion batteries are classified into three types: laminated, cylindrical, and coin type batteries. Laminated type batteries are employed in mobile equipment including smartphones, tablets, wearables, and gaming devices; sizes can be freely changed owing to the laminate film exterior material. Murata’s gel electrolytes have safety characteristics because they are leakage-free and do not easily swell compared to liquid electrolytes used by other companies. On the other hand, cylindrical type batteries have advantages particularly in high output applications and are used for a wide range of purposes such as gardening tools, power tools, electric bicycles, and cleaners. Moreover, the use of coin type batteries for wristwatch and automotive applications and in fields such as the medical field is increasing due to their compactness and high reliability.
The fiercely competitive environment is expected to continue in the lithium-ion battery market but Murata will address market and customers’ needs by supplying Murata’s products that combine safety and high output. In addition, by integrating storage battery modules equipped with cylindrical cells with power converter technology, etc. to provide an energy management system centered on the housing and industrial markets, we will promote utilization of natural energy.
In the future, we are planning mass production of fully solid-state batteries, which are expected to act as next-generation batteries. We shall develop our business primarily around applications in areas such as wireless earphones and wearables, by applying the manufacturing technologies that we developed for multilayer ceramic capacitors.
In the lithium-ion battery market, the demand is expected to grow continuously. We will provide batteries that can satisfy our customers and society by leveraging the competitive advantages of our batteries, such as high safety and high input/output characteristics.