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Coronavirus impact on lithium-ion industry to be felt for at least another year

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 09:56 -- Paul Crompton

The outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 is putting China lithium-ion manufacturers into the ‘high risk’ supplier and production category. 

Industry analysts Wood Mackenzie predict a drop of 10% (26GWh) in lithium-ion battery production in China, with the Hubei province most impacted by the outbreak.

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Coronavirus wipes 10% off China’s lithium-ion battery manufacturing forecast

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:25 -- Paul Crompton

Energy research group Wood Mackenzie forecasts COVID-19 will reduce China’s battery storage production capacity by as much as 10% compared to the pre-coronavirus 2020 forecast.

The company predicts governmental measures to minimise human-to-human interaction in China, including factory shut-downs, will hit this year’s battery output by 26GWh.

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Korea increases market share as lithium-ion battery manufacturing use in EVs grows YoY

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:00 -- Paul Crompton

Annual global battery consumption in registered electric vehicles jumped nearly 17% last year with 117GWh of capacity installed into vehicles.

No surprises that Asia dominated the supply chain with the top 10 manufacturers all based in China, Japan and Korea, according to market research firm SNE Research.

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Tesla side-steps long-term lithium-ion cell supplier to partner with LG Chem and CATL for its Gigafactory 3

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 10:32 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle and energy storage firm Tesla has entered into a partnership with South Korea’s LG Chem and China’s CATL as it looks to secure a lithium-ion battery supply for its electric cars at its Gigafactory 3 plant in Shanghai.

Rumours that Tesla would move from its exclusive cell supplier Panasonic to meet demand at the China Gigafactory 3 first surfaced last August.

*UPDATE* CATL confirmed in a stock exchange filing on Monday, 3 February, it had signed a two-year battery supply agreement with Tesla, with the US firm determining the battery purchase volume. The deal starts this July and closes June 2022.

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US decision to halve tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries is applauded by ESA

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:04 -- Paul Crompton

A decision to halve import tariffs of China made lithium-ion batteries into the US only goes some of the way to ensuring growth in the country’s energy storage markets, the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) has said.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR)decision to lower tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries from 15% to 7.5%, will come into effect on 14 February.

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Indian firm partners with China lithium-ion cell maker to manufacture EV battery packs

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:51 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle components maker Pinnacle Industries has completed a lithium-ion battery assembly plant in India following a partnership with China’s Phylion Battery Company.

The assembly unit in the Indian state of Maharashtra will manufacture integrated lithium-ion battery packs for electric vehicles (EV) targeted at the domestic market.

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Tesla and Glencore remain tight-lipped over cobalt supply deal for China gigafactory

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:55 -- Paul Crompton

Electric vehicle OEM Tesla has been in talks with Glencore in a bid to secure a cobalt supply chain for lithium-ion battery packs used at its China gigafactory, according to reports.

Swiss firm Glencore has been in negotiations for a long-term contract to ship cobalt to Tesla’s electric-vehicle factory in Shanghai, according to news outlet Bloomberg.

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Chinese firm commissions lithium-ion anode materials factory

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:29 -- Paul Crompton

China’s Chenyu-Fuji commissioned the first phase of its lithium-ion battery anode materials plant on 1 January with the goal of producing 20,000 mt/year when the facility is completed. 

Based in the Hunan province, the factory began production after nine months of building at a cost of 500 million yuan ($72 million). 

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Bank agrees loan to help troubled South African utility deploy energy storage

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:26 -- Paul Crompton

China headquartered New Development Bank (NDB) has agreed to a ZAR6billion ($420 million) loan to South African power utility Eskom to build up to 360MW of energy storage in the country.

Troubled Eskom, which has carried out load shedding in the form of rolling blackouts across the country, is believed to be looking at 90 sites in the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal.

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Firms reach LFP milestone by securing raw lithium-ion cathode materials supply

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 14:08 -- Paul Crompton

Battery materials firm Nano One has secured a raw material supply in its bid to develop a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode production chain with China’s Pulead Technology Industry.

Working with an expert in China, the Canadian-headquartered company announced on 9 December it had identified materials that meet its performance targets and Pulead’s specifications for impurities and cost.

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