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ABC to work with Fengfan on bipolar lead batteries for China

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) is setting its sights on China and the wider Asian market for its bipolar lead-acid technology, after signing a memorandum of cooperation with China’s Fengfan.

The memorandum US-based ABC signed with Fengfan, one of China’s biggest lead-acid manufacturers, sets out the firms’ “joint desire to develop bipolar lead batteries for the Chinese market”— but details have yet to be released.

ABC’s vice-president of business development, Don Hobday, told BEST Battery Briefing: “This is another big step forward for the technology and proves it has value in China.”

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Work starts on Mercedes’ Alabama EV battery plant

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Daimler has broken ground for an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in Alabama for its Mercedes-Benz subsidiary.

A ceremony marking the start of construction at Tuscaloosa, just seven miles from Mercedes existing vehicle production site, came just weeks after German auto firms indicated they could pull the plug on new investments in battery manufacturing in the US, if forced to pay increased tariffs under the Trump administration’s “national security” review.

The battery plant is part of a US$1 billion investment in the US that will cover two million square feet— twice the size of Mercedes’ nearby site. The US plant will form part of an eight-strong global battery production network including plants in Germany, China and Thailand.

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BMZ steps up battery expansion

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
An artist's impression of the developments at Karlstein

The BMZ group has announced a €120 million (US$141.2m) investment to expand battery systems production at its Karlstein am Main headquarters in Bavaria.

The decision will yield a 3,000sq.m production area, 80 new workstations, and a 20m logistics centre with 12,000 pallet spaces.  “As early as 2019, the new building alone will create another 300 jobs at the Karlstein plant,” said BMZ CEO Sven Bauer.

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Narada’s German BESS ‘can spur closer cooperation’

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:36 -- John Shepherd
Langenreichenbach inauguration

Chinese battery maker Narada’s launch of its first large-scale battery storage project outside of China in Germany should spur both countries to expand technical and economic cooperation, a top Chinese diplomat has said.

Narada formally inaugurated the 15-megawatt/25 megawatt-hour Langenreichenbach lead-carbon battery system near Leipzig, in partnership with German electric energy storage operator the Upside Group, on 14 September.

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Daramic chief reveals French facility expansion

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:50 -- John Shepherd
Bryan Moorehead

US-based lead-acid separator company Daramic is expanding its facility in France, president Bryan Moorehead has revealed.

The move will “add at least 15% to our capabilities” in the country, Moorehead told BEST Battery Briefing on the sidelines of the 16th European Lead Battery Conference (ELBC) in Vienna.

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LG Chem hails “massive” deal with China’s Ganfeng for batteries

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:27 -- John Shepherd
LG Chem logo

South Korean battery firm LG Chem has agreed a deal to acquire a “massive volume” of a key material from China's largest lithium compounds producer, to spur production of batteries for electric vehicles.

LG Chem said it had signed a contract with Ganfeng Lithium for the supply of a total 48,000 tons of lithium hydroxide, “enough to manufacture about one million batteries”.

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SK Innovation ‘building first China battery plant’

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:10 -- John Shepherd

SK Innovation has reportedly started building its first battery cells giga plant in China – with the goal of establishing a production “triangle” encompassing China, Korea and Europe.

The South Korea-based company, whose businesses include oil refining and chemicals, told local media it had started preparing the site for the new factory in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province.

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Axion Power files for bankruptcy as China deal hope fails

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 08:54 -- John Shepherd
Richard Bogan

Lead-carbon battery maker Axion Power International has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the US.

The chairman and CEO of the Pennsylvania-based firm, Richard Bogan (pictured), said the decision had been taken after pursuing “unsuccessful endeavours”— and failing to clinch a deal with one China's largest lead-acid battery manufacturers, Fengfan Co.

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Capchem joins Asia’s battery march on EU with Poland plant

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 08:12 -- John Shepherd
Artist's impression of Capchem Poland. Image: Capchem

Chinese lithium-ion group Capchem is set to become the latest Asian battery manufacturer to expand operations to Poland— building a low-cost European base to supply the lucrative electric-vehicle market.

Shenzhen-based Capchem, which produces lithium batteries, capacitor chemicals and semiconductors, has been given the green light to build a battery materials production facility on an 81,000 square metre site.

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China review ‘aims to expand power battery recycling’

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:58 -- John Shepherd

A review of China’s approach to recycling lead and lithium-ion batteries has been launched aimed at proposing “a complete and efficient” nationwide power battery system.

The China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA) said the study by industry leaders and academics would “explore future system design and policy development direction”.

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