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Editor's Blog

John Shepherd

Battery partners to tighten their embrace?


The relationship between SK Innovation and Volkswagen could be about to get a whole lot closer if, according to one of our latest reports, the pair go ahead and launch a joint battery-making business.

VW only recently expanded its Asian network of electric vehicle battery suppliers to include SKI. But more intriguing is SKI potentially also cosying up for a separate partnership with one or more Chinese players.

China and South Korea remain intense battery rivals, despite some commercial battery ties between the two. However, regional rivalries could easily be set aside in a united front to jointly take on competitors elsewhere.

And if geopolitics is your thing, there’s more food for thought in Western Australia’s move to follow through on its aspirations to join the big battery league. That region of the lucky country in particular is sitting on plenty of battery mineral riches that could give it a winning hand with the right stewardship. Watch this space!

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Time to recharge thinking on batteries

It’s high time to recharge Europe’s thinking on batteries.


Words to the battery wise on April Fool's Day

In some countries, news outlets mark the first day of April by publishing ridiculous stories with false claims— and give just enough clues to help readers ‘get’ the joke. 

It takes two to tango in the batteries dance

Germany is back in the batteries spotlight again this week. The economy minister has warned EV and battery producers that state aid alone will not help build a battery cells production industry to challenge the likes of China. More than a little entrepreneurial zeal will be needed too, according to Peter Altmaier.

Leclanché hints at battery tech 'breakthrough'

Is Europe picking up the pace on batteries? The answer is 'yes'… if initial indications reported by BEST Battery Briefing are anything to go by.


Battery industry advances with a seasonal spring in its step

There’s plenty to put a spring in the step of the battery industry this week— and as always, you’re probably reading about it here first…


EU puts lead-acid out of REACH— for now

Europes leaders appear to have finally seen sense and will not push through politically-inspired proposals attacking the manufacture of lead-acid batteries, as we report in the latest issue of our BEST Battery Briefing e-newsletter.


Macron charges into batteries fray with German partnership

It's now clear that the countries steering the future direction of the European Union, France and Germany, will also be the ones at the wheel of the bloc's much-vaunted electric vehicle battery industry.


Canada takes advantage of Europe's blindspot on lead-acid

The Canadian government's decision to give a financial helping hand to independent battery maker Surrette— the top story in the latest edition of BEST Battery Briefing— is a breath of fresh air.

China keeps the faith in lead to bring home the bacon

Chinese new year officially started this week, heralding the ‘year of the pig’— for those unfamiliar with the Chinese zodiac.


China’s battery business still bearing fruit despite Apple’s gloom

Apple has blamed China’s economic slowdown almost entirely for the tech firm’s gloomy sales forecast— but there’s no sign of Chinese firms running out of power to stay ahead in the batteries game.