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Editor's Blog

John Shepherd

Macron charges into batteries fray with German partnership

18/02/2019

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.

To date, Germany has appeared to take the running on what was supposed to be a European project. Now President Emmanuel Macron, as we report in the latest edition of BEST Battery Briefing, has made clear France intends to be an equal partner. Both sides have until now been busy pumping cash into their respective national efforts aimed at taking on Asian suppliers in the batteries market. But will their 'united front' be the jolt the EU's Batteries Alliance needs? 

Meanwhile, Italy's Engitec has won a contract to advance lead-recycling's environmental credentials with projects in China and Spain. But the need for responsible lithium recycling is in the spotlight again, following a major fire in the UK.

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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.

 

Investments energise batteries for 2019

As the year draws to a close, there’s no let up in battery activity, as our raft of investment-related stories reported this week show.

Battery honours even between Europe and Asia

It's quid pro quo between Europe and Asia this week, as BMW and Dräxlmaier announced plans to establish local battery production for electric vehicles in Thailand, whilst LG Chem are reportedly set to establish a second lithium-ion plant in Poland, in order to keep pace with ever-rising demand.

 

Splashing the cash in power plays for batteries

After months of guessing who might be an eligible suitor for JCI’s battery business, the wait is over. The sale of Power Solutions to investment firms seems an unlikely partnership. But a US$13 billion ‘dowry’ is not a bad start to building a relationship.

Study reveals true value of 'climate-friendly' lead

It’s taken a (presumably) very expensive study to tell the EU what most of us already know, as we report in the latest edition of our weekly e-newsletter, BEST Battery Briefing

Enersys wraps up mega deal, Trojan unpacks lithium surprise

Enersys has invested in an expensive gift with its acquisition of Alpha Technologies, as we report in the latest issue of BEST Battery Briefing...

 

EU energy chief’s about-face on lead?

At last, after months of lobbying, has the EU’s energy chief seen the light and is he now willing to level the playing field for lead-acid and lithium?

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

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.

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