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Editor's Blog

John Shepherd

More cash to keep 'lithium dream' afloat as lead is left to tread water

15/10/2018

It’s been a year this week since the EU launched its Batteries Alliance to challenge Asia’s dominance of the European lithium battery market. But after months of talking and little concrete action— other than conspiring to kill off lead-acid— the EU’s energy chief now wants to splash more taxpayers’ cash to 'make' things happen. Nothing of course to do with his bid to take over as European Commission president.

Meanwhile, as reported in the latest edition of BEST Battery Briefing (BBB), it’s encouraging to see the wind at the backs of ABC in their deal with Fengfan. Breaking into the Chinese market is a challenge for any industry, let alone batteries. What’s more, the deal involves advanced lead technology. Take note, Brussels!

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Battery diamond's Indian summer?

What’s going on at JCI? Speculation has been rife for several months that the firm’s batteries business, Power Solutions, could be coming up for sale.

 

Saft's train of thought turns to India

It’s been two years since Total gobbled up Saft in a friendly takeover— amid concern that advances in battery technology might become lost in the oil giant’s fossil fuels portfolio. But judging from recent events not a bit of it.

 

He who pays the piper calls the tune

Entrepreneurs who spot a gap in the market will beg, steal and borrow to find the cash needed to fund a dream and go for it. So bravo Germany, which as we report this week is taking on the EU over restrictive state-aid policies so it can freely invest in battery production.

Investors splashing cash to supercharge batteries

There are investors out there who are falling over themselves to pump cash into batteries and energy storage worldwide, as we report in the latest edition of our weekly e-newsletter— BEST Battery Briefing.

 

Lead-acid enters injury time in Europe nursing life-changing wounds

There is only about a minute left on the battery industry’s ‘Doomsday Clock’ to fight for the survival of the lead-acid industry in Europe.

Brexit Britain feeling chill of battery trading winds?

There’s more evidence this week, as if it were needed…

Asian battery march into Europe gets stronger

Asia continues to hog the fast lane for electric vehicle battery development…

Mining firms digging deeper for 'battery gold'

The great ‘batteries gold’ rush is under way…

Action needed to keep lead's best story alive

In these dog days of summer, when executives…

Kristallnacht for lead-acid?

I’m fondly remembering the days when BCI’s convention was there for my amusement, or so it seemed— the ‘early bird’ attendee prize draw for $100 handed out by the amazing Ann Noll.

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