Mobility is the order of the day. People today want to be able to use their mobile devices and systems anytime, anywhere, without first having to find a power connection somewhere.
To realize this, you need batteries and rechargeable batteries. Accutron AG has been a professional supplier of batteries / rechargeable batteries of all kinds for about 15 years. What are the trends and applications of the most common products?
We talked to Guido Küng, managing Director of this Company.
JF: Mr. Küng, you are in a demanding market segment that offers a great deal of professional solutions in the entire electricity sector. In your advertising, the motto is: «From alkaline to coal-zinc». What is it all about??
Guido Küng (GK): For batteries and accumulators of all kinds. In the mobile sector, these are professional batteries that increasingly use the well-known lithium-ion technology as a basis. They are found in e-cars (for example, in the Tesla, where about 8,000 such batteries are found in the underbody of the car), but also in mobile devices such as hand tools / gardening tools and the like.
Accutron is consciously active in the industrial segment, 80% of our batteries are in medical devices, where above all quality is the most important argument. In our applications targeted advice and after-sale care are in the foreground. Every application is different.
JF: Which common types of batteries do you have in the sales program and where are they used?
GK: We carry all known, respectively common batteries / accumulators for the industrial use, starting with the lead accumulators, which have an extremely favorable price / performance ratio. These are used in power protection (UPS), emergency lighting systems etc.
The nickel-cadmium batteries, for their part, are, and may only, be used in medical applications, in aviation and in the military. (It exists however a rumor that the EU will impose an import ban on these cadmium types.) Reason: All batteries are actually toxic, but the cadmium type is the most poisonous one.
Nickel-metal hydride is partly conceivable as a substitute for NiCd, but the energy density is about 50 times lower than with lithium technologies. So lithium will increasingly replace Ni-Mh.
Lithium iron phosphate e.g. is valued in emergency light and also in the medical industry. This technology is considered the "tractor" in the battery field because it is very robust. Noteworthy: All other batteries are estimated to have about 350-550 recharge cycles, but this amounts to a staggering around 2'000 cycles.
JF: How was the financial year 2018 for you?
GK: 2018 was actually pretty good. In the LED segment, we were a bit on the decline, but in the battery / battery area, it was still up, which led us back to 2017. Our customers benefit from our many years of experience in professional applications and appreciate our very personal support enormously. As already mentioned, the key to our success is the quality of absolute "high-tech manufacturers" at a suitable price.
JF: What do you think about 2019?
GK: This year started well. The economic forecasts, however, foresee a certain restraint. Reason: US trade war against the rest of the world, Brexit and more. It is to be hoped that it will only remain with economic shifts, rather than a decline. It is also important for Switzerland that our relationship with the EU can be sound, reasonable, not envious, dictatorial..
Interview, conducted in March 2019