Strong shipments of stop-start batteries boosted Johnson Controls International’s performance in its fiscal third quarter.
Adjusted earnings before interest and taxes for the US tech giant’s Power Solutions division, which includes the lead-acid battery recycling business, rose 8.6% to $304 million for the three months to June 30 from $280 million in Q3 2016.
Swedish-American energy storage system company Northstar will supply its Ultra High Performance pure lead AGM batteries to a major truck maker.
The batteries will be fitted into the next-generation Freightliner Cascadia Truck following a collaborative deal with Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA).
American battery manufacturer Exide Technologies has added additional capacity for production lead-acid batteries at its plant in Poznań, Poland
In the company’s biggest European investment project to date, it has added EIRICH machines to boost production of its Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries.
US-based battery charging and test equipment manufacturer Bitrode has introduced an insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) formation charger in North America.
The HD-CR/CD is designed for charging SLI batteries (flooded and VRLA/AGM), motive power batteries and industrial cells. It operates at 16KHz and allows users to achieve efficiency and power factors of up to 99%, according to Missouri-based Bitrode.
Germany’s automotive supplier Continental has launched enhanced flooded batteries (EFB) and absorbent glass mat (AGM) lead-acid batteries through its VDO brand.
The batteries are developed for vehicles with start-stop systems. The VDO battery portfolio includes nine different EFB and AGM batteries, targeted at the central European market.
Johnson Controls has expanded its Zwickau, Germany, battery plant with a €100m ($136m) investment, making it the world's largest production facility for AGM batteries.
The plant's increased production capacity is now 6.6m batteries a year - four times the plant's output prior to the expansion.
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