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Marubeni plans Li-batteries tie-up with Northvolt

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:26 -- John Shepherd
Marubeni plans Li-batteries tie-up with Northvolt

Japan’s Marubeni Corporation has become the latest Asian player vying for a stake in Europe’s evolving battery cells business through a deal with Swedish lithium-ion firm Northvolt.

Marubeni and Northvolt have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate, in a move that could see the Japanese conglomerate supply LIB manufacturing equipment and raw materials.

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Chinese lead-acid player ‘eyes Asian expansion’

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:50 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese lead-acid player ‘eyes Asian expansion’

Chinese lead-acid battery manufacturer Tianneng has reportedly set its sights on expanding production capacity to another country in southern or southeast Asia— while stepping up domestic capacity by 20% this year to meet electric vehicle demand.

According to Reuters, the company wants to capitalise on increasing demand for batteries to power electric scooters and cars in the region. Tianneng is considering setting up a plant “with an annual production capacity of at least 100,000 tonnes” in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan and Bangladesh, according to the news agency.

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Works start on Jakarta lead-acid separator expansion

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:43 -- Xuan Zhong
Works start on Jakarta lead-acid separator expansion

Construction works have begun on expanded production facilities in Indonesia for the PT ENTEK Separindo Asia joint venture (JV) producing polyethylene battery separators for flooded lead-acid batteries in Asia.

Lead-acid separator firms ENTEK International and Separindo announced the formation of the JV in February 2017 for the production, sales and marketing of the separators. Japan-based NSG Group, which makes glass fibre products for battery applications such as PE and AGM separators, joined the JV in the summer.

 

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Eaton to bring Li-ion UPS into Asia

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 09:49 -- News Editor
Eaton to bring Li-ion UPS into Asia

Work is under way in Australia on an AUD11 ($8.3) million project to develop ultra-thin flexible screen-printed batteries for portable devices and intermittent renewable energy.

Brisbane-based battery energy storage firm Printed Energy said the innovation is a step closer to being made commercially available thanks to research carried out jointly by the University of New South Wales and University of Queensland.

 

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Gigafactory rolls into production despite being 30% complete

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 09:39 -- Paul Crompton
Gigafactory rolls into production despite being 30% complete

Despite being only 30% finished, Tesla’s lithium-ion Gigafactory has rumbled into life proving the US can go head-to-head with Asia’s battery making industry.

Mass production of 2170 cells for Tesla’s Powerwall range of energy storage systems began last week, with Model 3 cell production set to follow in Q2 of this year.

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Leclanché shows global ambition in lithium-ion market

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 14:43 -- Xuan Zhong

After securing its first ESS deal in the US, Swiss firm Leclanché has almost immediately forged an Asian alliance for the low-cost manufacture and development of its Lithium Titanate Oxide (LTO) and Lithium Graphite/NMC (GNMC) batteries.

The European ESS company has formed a strategic partnership with Chinese lead-acid and lithium-ion battery manufacturer Narada Power Source.

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IP company targets Asia after securing 40 electrode patents

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 16:05 -- Xuan Zhong

Intellectual Property licensing and commercialisation company Marathon Patent Group aims to expand its Asia operations after securing 40 electrode patents.

The US firm’s wholly owned subsidiary Traverse Technologies acquired a portfolio of around 40 worldwide patents from CPT IP Holdings, LLC.

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Lithium-ion dominates large-scale ESS deployment

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:37 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion dominates large-scale ESS deployment

Competition between Asia’s big battery makers has seen lithium-ion become the dominant technology for large-scale energy storage systems in the past six years.

Underpinning the rise is cost reductions and a build-up of the auto and power sectors’ supply chain as competition between China's BYD, GCL, South Korea's Samsung SDI, LG Chem and Japan's Panasonic intensifies, according to a report by analytics firm IHS Technology.

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Asian firms move into flourishing US ESS market

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 13:00 -- Paul Crompton
Asian firms move into flourishing US ESS market

With more than 150MWs of energy storage deployed in the US last year two Asian firms are hoping to take a slice of the lucrative market.

Korean electrical components manufacturer LSIS secured its first UL certification for its 1MW ESS, and then met the IEEE 1547 standard— both are required to launch a product in the US.

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Saft ramps up lithium capacity in China to meet demand

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:35 -- Paul Crompton
Saft ramps up lithium capacity in China to meet demand

French battery manufacturer Saft is set to double its primary lithium cell production in China to meet growing demand in the Asian markets.

Saft has invested €5million ($5.6million) in the new Zhuhai site in order to double production capacity to 60 million cells per year by Q3 2016.

 
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