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China plant doubles AGM battery capacity to meet start-stop demand

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 09:54 -- Xuan Zhong

Johnson Controls cited rising start-stop vehicle demand for expanding production capacity of its Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries in China.

The US firm is increasing the capacity of its AGM production lines in its Changxing Plant, Zhejiang province facility to more than three million units a year.

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Chinese lead player Sacred Sun puts big money into lithium

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 15:50 -- Xuan Zhong

As Chinese interest in the burgeoning domestic new-energy vehicles and energy storage business hots up, one of the major lead-acid battery manufacturers in China, Sacred Sun announced recently it has put aside 0.85billion RMB (US$125M) for acquisitions and mergers with appropriate companies in the lithium ion supply chain.

The first investments are in SHIHLIEN APEX Huai’an and Yancheng (Jiangsu Province) Co. Ltd.—businesses which were founded in 2012.  Their main activity is in motive power lithium ion battery manufacture. The current production capacity is 150 million Ah/year.

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Chinese aqueous ion battery firm plans to begin mass production in 2017

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 13:37 -- Xuan Zhong

Enpower Energy, a Chinese manufacturer of aqueous ion batteries plans to complete large-scale tests of its aqueous ion batteries by the end of this year and move to mass production in the middle of 2017, according to the Shanghai daily Newspaper.

The first generation 20MWh aqueous ion battery energy storage system can ensure that the cost of each charge and discharge cycle is less than $0.19 / kWh, which is cheaper than lithium-ion battery systems and lead-acid battery systems.

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Lithium boss airs concern on future of battery industry

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:16 -- paul Crompton
Lithium boss airs concern on future of battery industry

The boss of China’s second biggest lithium carbonate supplier has questioned if growth in lithium-ion battery production can be sustained by electric vehicles.

For the first time Wang Xiaoshen, executive vice president Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium (JGL), has expressed concern the growing electric vehicle market, which drives lithium-ion battery demand, is unable to continue sustainable growth, particularly in China.

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Samsung Electronics set for $450m gamble on BYD

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:04 -- paul Crompton
Samsung Electronics set for $450m gamble on BYD

China battery maker BYD is in talks to sell a 3billion yuan (around $449million) share of the company to a South Korean electronics firm. 

Samsung Electronics is set to confirm this week that it has successfully made play to enter the battery industry.

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Chinese carmaker halts EV production as Korean batteries fail to meet new criteria

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 14:44 -- paul Crompton
Chinese carmaker halts EV production as Korean batteries fail to meet new criteria

One of China’s largest state-owned carmakers has stopped production of a sports utility model following a ruling by Beijing that EV batteries must meet certain criteria before they attract State subsidies.

JAC Motors has stopped production of its iEV6s electric sports utility vehicle (SUV), which had been powered by Samsung SDI’s batteries, exclusively chosen by the carmaker.

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Another Chinese lead-acid firm takes on lithium-ion

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 16:05 -- paul Crompton
Another Chinese lead-acid firm takes on lithium-ion

China’s battery maker Guangdong Dynavolt has become the latest Chinese lead-acid firm to add a lithium-ion arm to its business on the back of plans to build an R&D centre for the chemistry.

The battery manufacturer has paid $2 million for a 33.33% share of Nevada-based 12V deep cycle lithium battery maker Dragonfly Energy.

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Chaowei holds its head up for lead with new tech

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 14:48 -- paul Crompton
Chaowei holds its head up for lead with new tech

Chinese firm Chaowei has put itself up as the flagbearer for the lead-acid battery industry in China with the promise of four new production improvement technologies

The first involves using graphene in battery grids, which chief scientist Dai Guiping says no other firm has done until now.

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Johnson Controls to capture ‘rapidly growing’ AGM market with fourth China battery plant

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 15:41 -- paul Crompton
Johnson Controls to capture ‘rapidly growing’ AGM market with fourth China battery plant

US lead-acid firm Johnson Controls is set to open its fourth battery manufacturing plant in China to serve the OEM and aftermarket industry.

The facility is being built in Binzhou, Shandong Province, following a joint venture between Johnson Controls and Binzhou Bohai Piston Co., Ltd., an auto parts affiliate of Beijing Automotive Industry Group Co., Ltd.

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Chinese lithium-ion battery makers expect slump in profits as lithium price rises

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 15:36 -- paul Crompton
Chinese lithium-ion battery makers expect slump in profits as lithium price rises

The rocketing price of lithium in China could cause a 5-8% drop in profits for lithium battery makers, says a director at one of China’s largest battery firms.

Chief Scientist Dai Guiping, from Chaowei Power, said that along with the rising price of lithium, other components such as separators had also gone up.

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