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LG Chem ‘plans second Poland battery plant’

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
LG Chem groundbreaking ceremony in Poland

South Korea’s LG Chem is reportedly set to build a second lithium-ion batteries production plant in Poland as orders outstrip the capacity of its existing facility in the country.

The move comes just a year after production of batteries for electric vehicles started at the group’s existing Kobierzyce production facility in southwestern Poland, with a capacity of around 100,000 batteries annually.

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BMW and Dräxlmaier establish joint battery production in Thailand

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The BMW Group has announced that from 2019 onward it will, in partnership with the Dräxlmaier Group, establish “local high voltage battery production” in Thailand.

Together, BMW and Dräxlmaier plan to invest over 400 million baht (US$12.2 million) in order to realise their ambitions of establishing “a new beacon for e-mobility innovations in Thailand and the region.”

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JCI and Toshiba to work on lead-lithium dual-battery systems

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Johnson Controls International’s (JCI) soon-to-be-sold Power Solutions business, is joining forces with Toshiba to manufacture lithium-ion batteries that will be “paired” with lead-acid battery technology as part of dual-battery systems for carmakers.

JCI, which has agreed to sell Power Solutions to US and Canadian investment firms, said the partners will develop and make the lithium-ion batteries at JCI’s Holland plant in Michigan.

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Webasto and Wanxiang ink Shanghai battery partnership

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Automotive component manufacturers Webasto and Wanxiang A123 are to cooperate on a Shanghai-based battery development partnership targeting commercial vehicles for the Chinese market.

China-based Wanxiang, which also produces lithium-ion batteries, has signed a partnership agreement to produce a battery module that will be integrated in Munich-based Webasto’s modular battery system.

The project is the first under the partnership. The battery modules from Wanxiang contain high-quality NCM battery cells.

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Zimbabwe ‘to build batteries’ on back of lithium mining

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
July Moyo

Zimbabwe’s government has set out proposals to build battery-manufacturing plants as part of a “lithium beneficiation” programme.

The minister for local government, public works and national housing, July Moyo (pictured), said an unspecified number of plants would be built in the country’s central Midlands Province— spurred by renewed lithium mining activity.

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Nissan fails to deny sale of battery making business

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 15:30 -- Paul Crompton
Nissan fails to deny sale of battery making business

Japan OEM Nissan has failed to squash ‘speculation’ that is about to sell off its controlling stake in a battery manufacturing business.

Nissan Motor Co has held talks with companies, including Panasonic and some Chinese firms, over the sale of its car battery-manufacturing venture, reported The Nikkei Asian Review.

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Samsung SDI considers expanding in India

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:02 -- Laura Varriale
Samsung SDI considers expanding in India

Samsung SDI is contemplating opening a battery manufacturing plant in India.

Samsung SDI officials have met India’s telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as a follow-up of their meeting in South Korea to discuss business options.

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Amara Raja to build tubular battery manufacturing plant

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:46 -- Laura Varriale
Amara Raja Batteries' tubular battery

India’s Amara Raja Batteries’ (Amara) board of directors has approved the plan to set up a tubular battery plant in India.

“The proposed project for tubular battery manufacturing facility which was approved at the board meeting held today will support to accelerate the growth momentum and secure us additional market share in the near future," said Amara vice chairman and managing director Jayadev Galla.

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OM Group takes over Ener-Tek for $24m

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:32 -- Laura Varriale
Clariant facility in Quebec, Canada

US metal-based chemistry firm OM Group has acquired battery maker Ener-Tek International (Ener-Tek) for $24m.

Rhode Island-based Ener-Tek manufactures lithium-ion and silver-zinc batteries for the defence and aerospace markets. According to Ohio-headquartered OM Group, the company aims to offer a wider range of products with the transaction of Ener-Tek and its subsidiary Yardney Technical Products.

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East Penn appoints Dan Langdon as CEO

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:54 -- Laura Varriale
Dan Langdon East Penn

Battery maker East Penn Manufacturing has named Dan Langdon as new CEO after former CEO Sally Miksiewicz was killed in a car accident in June.

Dan Langdon joined East Penn as controller in 1986 and served as president of the company since 1994. Christopher Pruitt will take on Langdon’s position as president of automotive sales, finance and administrative areas. Miksiewicz’s brother, Dan Breidegam, will serve as chairman.

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