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China’s battery makers urged to boost production for e-cars

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:52 -- News Editor
China’s battery makers urged to boost production for e-cars

China is reportedly urging the country’s battery makers to redouble their efforts to keep pace with demand for products, driven by the “rapidly growing” domestic new energy vehicles industry.

According to China’s Sina Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has warned the battery sector “is currently finding it difficult to keep up with demand” from new energy vehicle manufacturers.

 

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Roche sale in China

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:59 -- Xuan Zhong
Roche sale in China

Chloride Technical & Trading has delivered an Atelier Roche punching system to an unnamed battery maker in China, senior project engineer Mike Dunn (pictured) told BBB.

Its a first for the company and an acceptance from Chinese lead acid manufacturers that punched grid is the way forward if you want to make excellent VRLA batteries, he said.

 

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Battery production picks up again in China

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:59 -- Xuan Zhong
Battery production picks up again in China

Battery production in China is picking up again after a sluggish start to 2017. 

Shanghai Metals Market (SMM) reports some Chinese battery producers are increasing their production levels by 10-20% as demand turns positive again.

 

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Nissan in talks to sell EV battery unit

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:57 -- Xuan Zhong
Nissan in talks to sell EV battery unit

Nissan is considering the sale of its majority stake in the rechargeable battery unit joint venture it has set up in China with NEC.

The Japanese carmaker has reportedly been seeking a buyer for its share of Automotive Energy Supply Corp (AESC) since last year, as it may be cheaper to buy batteries for its Leaf electric cars from other suppliers.

 

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JCI plans two new battery plants in China

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:33 -- Xuan Zhong
JCI plans two new battery plants in China

US-based battery giant Johnson Controls (JCI) plans to set up two new plants – with a combined annual capacity of 13.5 million batteries – in China.

JCI plans to ramp up its output of batteries to consolidate its leading position in the stop-start system sector in the country, the South China Morning Post reported.

 

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Other carmakers can use clever TREV

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:33 -- Xuan Zhong
Other carmakers can use clever TREV

The technology driving the new electric supercar from China-based Techrules could be made available to other carmakers, the company says.

Techrules’ Ren – on show this weekend at the Concorso d’Eleganza car spectacular on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como (Villa d’Este, Cernobbio, 26-28 May) – is powered by the research and development company’s Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) system. This innovative technology teams an electric motor and 25kWh-capacity battery with a diesel-fuelled turbine-recharging system to power prototypes past the 200mph mark.

 

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€300M ($327.5M) boost in NMC production

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:44 -- Xuan Zhong
€300M ($327.5M) boost in NMC production

Global materials technology and recycling group Umicore plans to invest €300 million ($327.5 million) between 2017 and 2019 to further increase its production of NMC (nickel-manganese-cobalt) cathode materials for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.

The Brussels-based company says demand for its NMC materials from electric vehicle manufacturers is outpacing the market and the increased capacity will enable it to cater for a surge in orders. The investment in its plants in South Korea and China will also enable the company to meet growing demand for its proprietary high-energy LCO (lithium cobalt oxide) cathode materials used in high-end consumer electronics.

 

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Big shake-up in China’s Li-ion market

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Big shake-up in China’s Li-ion market

Sources within China’s battery industry suggest BYD might make its automotive lithium batteries available to other carmakers, while another leading lithium-ion battery maker plans to establish two joint ventures with state-owned SAIC Motor.

The informed sources suggest BYD will split its vehicle and battery manufacturing businesses, opening the door for BYD to supply its lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries and ternary lithium batteries to the wider market.

 

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Panasonic’s new Li-ion battery factory in China

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Panasonic’s new Li-ion battery factory in China

Japan’s battery giant Panasonic held an opening ceremony for its new automotive lithium-ion battery factory in Dalian, China last week.

The factory is Panasonic's first automotive battery cell production facility in China and owned by Panasonic Automotive Energy Dalian Co., Ltd., an automotive battery joint venture established between Panasonic and Dalian Levear Electric Co., Ltd. in February 2016.

 

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A $178 million for Chinese lithium recycling

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 09:31 -- Xuan Zhong
A $178 million for Chinese lithium recycling

As concern increases over the growing problem of scrap lithium-ion batteries, Chinese recycler Guangdong Brunp Recycling Technology is investing ¥1.2 billion ($178 million) to build a 100,000 tons waste battery plant in Changsha, Hunan Province.

The factory that is under construction is the fifth phase of the company’s recycling project and is expected to be finished in 18 months.

 

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