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| Kanebo Delays Commercializing Batteries for Notebook PCs
August 13, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Kanebo Ltd. said that shipments of its polyacene
secondary batteries for use in notebook PCs and other electronic devices
will be delayed until after 2000.
|The company has revised its business strategy for polyacene secondary
batteries that use organic semiconductor polyacene as the cathodes of
lithium-ion secondary batteries, according to Kanebo officials.
The company previously said that using polyacene as cathodes instead
of conventional carbonic material could raise the energy density of
lithium-ion secondary batteries by as much as 1.5 times to 450 Watt
hour per liter. Since then, Kanebo has attracted substantial attention
among battery and capacitor makers.
However, Kanebo's initial plan to start mass production and shipments
as early as 1998 has been revised.
Targeting use in notebook PCs and other electronic devices, many companies
are entering into the lithium-ion secondary battery market, and market
prices are falling. Therefore, Kanebo decided it would be difficult
to generate profits by shipping those products at this time. The company
is continuing its development of polyacene secondary batteries having
higher energy density than the current level of 450 Wh/l.
Kanebo will commercialize polyacene secondary batteries with high energy
density after 2000, and will monitor market trends.
As for its business strategy, the company is emphasizing a move to extend
its market for button-type polyacene secondary batteries, or capacitor-type
batteries, and is focusing on power source backups for mobile phones
and other products, company officials said.