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China lithium-ion battery maker reveals plans for 5GWh plant in the country

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 10:53 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery producer Jiangsu Pylontech has announced plans for a 5GWh a year lithium-ion battery production plant in China’s southeast Jiangsu province.

Pylontech, a subsidiary of Chinese telecom operator ZTE, that mainly produces lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries expects the plant to be completed in three phases by the end of 2022.

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LG Chem halts plans for India lithium-ion battery factory

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:03 -- Paul Crompton

Korean battery giant LG Chem has halted its lithium-ion battery project in India as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hit the automotive market, according to reports.

The company was in talks with Renault, Mahindra & Mahindra and Hyundai for an Indian consortium for the project and regarding equity participation for the same, reported the country’s newspaper The Economic Times

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Clarios names full-time CEO

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 11:01 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid and lithium-ion battery maker Clarios has hired Mark Wallace, as the company’s new president and chief executive officer.

Wallace joined Clarios—  formerly Johnson Controls Power Solutions— on 18 May and succeeds interim CEO John Barkhouse, who will continue as chair of the board. 
 

 

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Amte Power and Britishvolt sign MoU for UK’s landmark battery gigafactories

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 13:31 -- Paul Crompton

UK battery maker Amte Power and Britishvolt announce plans on 20 May to build the UK’s first lithium-ion battery cell gigafactories servicing the automotive and energy storage markets.

The British start-ups have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) focussed on enabling the scalable production of lithium-ion batteries to support the UK’s Road to Zero (at least half 50% of new car sales to be ultra low emission by 2030) targets and transition to electrification. 

Britishvolt aims to add to Amte’s 1GWh manufacturing plant plants with a 30GWh factory.

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SVOLT officially launches two cobalt-free batteries

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:08 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese automotive battery company called SVOLT officially announced two cobalt-free batteries 20 May.

Yang Hongxin, president of SVOLT, said, the company’s L6 cobalt-free long cell was being adapted to a high-end model of car by Chinese vehicle OEM Great Wall Motors. 

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Exide files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as it looks to value-maximise sale of its businesses

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 17:00 -- Paul Crompton

US lead-acid battery maker Exide Technologies has agreed to sell its EMEA and Asia Pacific business and plans to sell its North America interest as it faces down its third Chapter 11 crisis in two decades.

The announcements come as the company and some of its US subsidiaries filed voluntary Chapter 11 petition of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

The Georgia-headquartered firm began voluntary Chapter 11 proceedings to facilitate the sale of its North American operations.

In a letter to its suppliers on 19 May, the firm said it had entered into an agreement to sell the EMEA and Asia Pacific business to an ad-hoc group of its noteholders.

The EMEA and South Pacific business is not included in the Chapter 11 proceedings and continues to operate as a stand-alone company independent from Exide Americas.

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Lithium-sulfur battery developer Oxis hires cell production manager for UK plant

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:37 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-sulfur battery technology company Oxis Energy has hired Scott Davis to manage cell production at its new manufacturing plant in Wales.

Davis will manage the Oxford-based firm’s new facility at Kenfig Hill near Port Talbot, which is due to start producing cathode and electrolyte to support the production of 500,000 lithium-sulfur cells next year.

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Samsung in talks with Hyundai to supply its lithium-ion pouch cells for EV applications

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:17 -- Paul Crompton

Representatives from battery giant Samsung and vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor Group have met in Korea to discuss use of a lithium-ion solid-state cell in next-generation electric vehicles.

The meeting between Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee and Hyundai Motor Group's executive vice chairman Chung Eui-sun was made on 12 May at the battery plant of Samsung Display in Cheonan, near Seoul, reported the country’s media outlet Aju Business Daily.

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Battery giant Leoch buys out UK lead battery distributor DBS Leoch

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 12:20 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based lead battery distributer DBS Leoch has been bought by its existing parent company, the China multi-national lead battery maker Leoch International Holding.

The battery supplier has changed its name to Leoch Battery UK and will continue to target both the industrial and lifestyle markets. 

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Clarios to shutter controversial US battery assembly plant

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 10:39 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid and lithium-ion battery maker Clarios announced on 4 May it is to close its Middletown, Delaware, assembly plant later this year.

In a supplier information letter, the firm, formerly known as Johnson Controls Power Solutions before it was bought by Brookfield Brothers in June 2019, said it would close the plant in November.

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