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Entek expands global lead-acid and lithium battery separator reach with NSG buy-out

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 08:24 -- paul Crompton
Entek expands global lead-acid and lithium battery separator reach with NSG buy-out

Battery separator firm Entek has signed a deal to acquire the majority stake in Nippon Sheet Glass’ (NSG) lead-acid battery separator business.

The buy-out combines US firm Entek’s core know-how in material science, equipment engineering and design, along with capital, to fund future growth with NSG Group’s leadership and customer focus.

Both companies have executed the relevant agreements and plan to complete the deal in August 2021— subject to laws and regulations in the relevant jurisdictions, including NSG’ home country Japan.

NSG will hold a minority stake in— although actual percentages are not being disclosed— and appoint a director to the board of the battery separator business (BSS).

The new BSS company will own all battery separator manufacturing facilities in Japan and China for both polyethylene (PE) separator and absorbent glass mat (AGM).  

The acquisition gives Entek more than 400 million square metres of aggregate PE separator production capacity (from its sites in the US, UK, Indonesia and Japan) to support its lead-acid battery market.

That figure does not include AGM capacity (Japan and China) or the firm’s lithium separator capacity in the US, the company’s VP of global sales, Clint Beutelschies, told BEST.

The deal was made when NSG decided the best option for the BSS business was for it to be integrated with, and managed by, Entek so that it could “develop further and enhance its value for its customers”.

NSG has supplied battery separators for lead-acid batteries mainly in Asia, including manufacturing footprints in China and a strong market position in Japan.

The firms are joint venture partners in the Entek NSG Separindo PE manufacturing plant in Indonesia, on which they broke ground in 2019.

In 2019, Entek announced plans to double the capacity of the Indonesian plant to 90 million square metres by the close of this year.

 
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Battery separator firm Entek waves goodbye to Gerts and welcomes Towns

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 16:02 -- paul Crompton

Battery separators company Entek has announced that Richard Towns (pictured) has joined its sales group as account manager for Eastern Europe & North Africa.

The announcement on 26 March came on the same day it was confirmed Steve Gerts, the company’s sales and marketing manager for Eastern Europe and North Africa, was due to retire at the end of June.

Gerts has been with the Oregon, US, supplier to the lead and lithium-ion battery industry for more than 23 years.

Clint Beutelschies, vice president of Global Sales at Entek, said: “We are fortunate to have found such an accomplished professional and I am delighted to have Richard join our global sales team.”

Entek is an innovator and leading world-wide designer and producer of microporous polyethylene battery separators for lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries. 

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Works start on Jakarta lead-acid separator expansion

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:43 -- Xuan Zhong
Works start on Jakarta lead-acid separator expansion

Construction works have begun on expanded production facilities in Indonesia for the PT ENTEK Separindo Asia joint venture (JV) producing polyethylene battery separators for flooded lead-acid batteries in Asia.

Lead-acid separator firms ENTEK International and Separindo announced the formation of the JV in February 2017 for the production, sales and marketing of the separators. Japan-based NSG Group, which makes glass fibre products for battery applications such as PE and AGM separators, joined the JV in the summer.

 

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Firms enter joint venture to conquer Asia’s lead-acid separator market

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:56 -- paul Crompton
Firms enter joint venture to conquer Asia’s lead-acid separator market

Two lead-acid separator firms are to share technology and integrate their Asian manufacturing and sales following a joint venture agreement.

ENTEK International and Indonesian firm Separindo are merging their knowledge to produce, sell and market polyethylene (PE) battery separators for flooded lead-acid batteries in Asia.

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Entek reveals lead-acid PE separator at ELBC

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:49 -- Laura Varriale
Entek facility in Newcastle

Lead-acid separator company Entek has launched the LR (low resistance) separator for lead-acid automotive batteries at the European Lead Battery Conference in Edinburgh.

The PE separator is designed for extended flooded battery applications and aims to offer high porosity and low electrical resistance. The initial product launch is for separators with 0.20 and 0.25mm backwebs.

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