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Wirtz hires sales manager for EMEA and Russia

Lead battery equipment developer Wirtz Manufacturing has announced that Stefano Lorenzini has been hired as its regional sales manager for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia.


UK will lag behind the rest of Europe in battery markets without a lithium-ion recycling industry

A lack of large-scale lithium-ion battery recycling facilities threatens to leave the UK trailing in Europe's battery revolution, according to research published by WMG at the University of Warwick.


Northvolt secures $600m as it races toward securing 25% share of European lithium-ion market

European gigafactory developer Northvolt has secured $600 million in private placement to invest in expanding its production and recycling capacity as well as R&D activities.


Navitas announces new COO as it plans growth in lithium-ion battery industry

Lithium energy storage firm Navitas Systems has hired John Sapp as its new chief operating officer as the company prepares for a ‘new surge in growth’.  


US-Israel lithium-ion R&D program receives funding to develop next generation cell technology

Energy storage start-up 3DBattery Company and lithium-ion developer NEI Corporation are set to progress work on an advanced anode material with a water-based electrode deposition process after receiving a $900,000 grant.


Firms sign agreement to develop zinc-air ESS market in India

Zinc8 Energy Solutions has signed an agreement in principle with Vijai Electricals from India to explore joint-venture projects concerning the deployment of its zinc-air energy storage system.


Coronavirus to hit global battery market by $10 billion as industry counts cost of shutdowns

The coronavirus will impact the growth of the battery market by around $10 billion this year, according to Ray Kubis who was forced to reconsider his previous forecast following the global pandemic.


BMW Group to open lithium-ion battery module plant in Germany to meet future EV demand

Vehicle OEM BMW Group will expand its battery manufacturing capacity from 2021 with a plant in Leipzig, Germany, to build modules for electrified vehicles. 


Alumina firm moves to next stage of commercialising its lithium-ion battery boosting material

Battery materials firm Altech Chemicals is in the final development stage of its high purity alumina (HPA) grade material designed to increase performance of lithium-ion battery anodes. 


Li-Cycle reveals plans for $175 million lithium-ion battery recycling hub in New York

Canadian firm Li-Cycle is set to invest more than $175 million in its first commercial lithium-ion battery-recycling facility in New York.