Exide Industries, a prominent player in the storage battery market, confidently asserts its substantial lead over competitors in the lithium-ion battery business. To solidify its position, the company established a wholly-owned subsidiary called Exide Energy Solutions in 2022, anticipated to commence operations by the end of FY25, the cell manufacturing factory represents a significant investment of ~Rs4000 crore in its initial phase.
The current order book for the Exide industries module and pack making facility amounts to ~600-700 crore. These orders are expected to be fulfilled within the next 12-15 months. The company is geared up to execute these orders efficiently, ensuring timely delivery and meeting customer requirements.
1. Joint Venture: A Game-Changing Move?
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In a strategic move to enter the lithium-ion battery systems and energy solutions sector and tap into India’s electric vehicle market, the company established a joint venture with Leclanché SA, headquartered in Switzerland. The joint venture has come into market in June 2018, the joint venture has been actively involved in manufacturing lithium-ion battery modules and packs in Gujarat. Nexcharge has so far invested INR~2.5 Bn in building and setting up the plant which has also have cell testing lab.
2. Will Exide Industries Benefit from Governmental Reforms?
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The Central Government recently approved a PLI scheme on such batteries. The scheme outlay of Rs 18,100 crore is intended to establish 50 Giga Watt Hour (GWh) of advanced cell chemistry and 5 GWh of niche advanced cell chemistry. Exide is currently rising the game by setting-up a green-field multi-gigawatt lithium-ion cell manufacturing unit in Karnataka. The total estimated cost for the project is INR 6000 Cr.
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