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Global consumer battery output to grow this year

TAIPEI -- The global output of consumer batteries is expected to grow in 2014, driven by upgrades in electronic devices and advances in telecommunications, a Taiwan-based research firm said Tuesday.

Consumer battery production should grow by over 8 percent worldwide in 2014, reflecting the positive development of the industry, said Duff Lu, a research manager at EnergyTrend, in a research note.

The gradual evolution of the sector from cylindrical batteries to polymer and thin film batteries has provided an impetus for growth, Lu said, and he believed the trend would continue as batteries for laptop computers focus on high-capacity to meet ultra-thin product trends.

“Though a new system-on-chip module with higher energy efficiency has been installed in smartphones, demand for prolonged battery life continues due to longer periods of Internet surfing and general usage by users,” Lu said.

In addition, because many wearable devices come with motion sensors, these batteries can be applied in consumer and industrial products, thus generating a new wave of demand within the battery industry, he said.

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