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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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Amara Raja plans greenfield expansion for lead-acid

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 08:34 -- John Shepherd
Jayadev Galla

Indian lead-acid battery maker Amara Raja Batteries is to expand production of its automotive ‘four-wheeler battery’ lines from a new manufacturing plant on an undisclosed “greenfield site” in the country.

The company’s board gave the green light to invest the equivalent of nearly US$120 million in the project— which will have an annual production capacity of six-and-a-half million units.

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Exide India ‘collaborating with Furukawa on Bengal battery plants’

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:57 -- John Shepherd
Guatam Chatterjee

India’s Exide Industries is set to expand a production plant in West Bengal in collaboration with Japanese manufacturer Furukawa Battery to supply batteries for bullet trains.

Exide Industries CEO and MD Gautam Chatterjee (pictured) was quoted as telling the Economic Times: “The expansion project will mainly produce high-end nickel-cadmium batteries in technical collaboration with Furukawa.”

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Amara Raja targets Middle East from new UAE batteries base

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:53 -- John Shepherd
Ramachandra Galla. Photo: Amara Raja

Indian lead-acid battery maker Amara Raja Batteries has opened a new trading base in the United Arab Emirates to expand sales across the Middle East.

The company told the Bombay Stock Exchange its new, wholly-owned subsidiary, Amara Raja Batteries Middle East, will operate from the Sharjah Airport International Free Zone trading in batteries and related products.

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Indian lead giant Gravita joins ILA

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:28 -- John Shepherd
Indian lead giant Gravita joins ILA

The Jaipur arm of Indian lead producer and exporter Gravita has become the first Indian business to join the International Lead Association (ILA).

Gravita’s Jaipur-based lead smelting operation, recycles used lead batteries and aluminium scrap to produce a range of quality metals and metal alloys, together with a range of plastic by-products.

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Exide Industries-Leclanché in Li joint venture for India

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:22 -- John Shepherd
Exide Industries-Leclanché in Li joint venture for India

India lead-acid manufacturer Exide Industries is teaming up with Swiss battery storage firm Leclanché in a new lithium joint venture targeting the Indian market.

The partnership will focus on building lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), stationary energy storage systems and “speciality storage markets”.

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India to launch first ‘indigenous lithium cells plant’

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:11 -- John Shepherd
India to launch first ‘indigenous lithium cells plant’

India is to launch its first national lithium-ion cells production plant in a bid to reduce imports from regional battery makers and develop a domestic cell-manufacturing hub.

Bangalore-based Raasi Group is to set up the “first indigenous lithium-ion battery project” in Tamil Nadu under a technology transfer agreement with the Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI) and Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR).

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Leclanché ‘set for India joint venture’

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:17 -- Xuan Zhong
Leclanché ‘set for India joint venture’

Swiss battery maker Leclanché said it is close to announcing a joint venture agreement that would give it a “strong foothold” in India.

Leclanché is staying tight-lipped about details, but said it is at an “advanced stage” of sealing a deal to put the company at the heart of “one of the potentially largest electric vehicles markets in the world”.

 

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India fines battery firms after price-fixing probe

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 09:50 -- Xuan Zhong
India fines battery firms after price-fixing probe

Competition chiefs in India have reduced heavy fines slapped on some of the country’s leading zinc-carbon dry cell battery manufacturers following a price-fixing probe.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) had levied penalties on Eveready Industries India, Indo National (Nippo) and Panasonic Energy India— in addition to the Association of Indian Dry Cell Manufacturers (AIDCM)— “for colluding to fix prices of zinc-carbon dry cell batteries”.

 

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New Delhi plans ‘India first’ policy to protect battery industry

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:45 -- Xuan Zhong
New Delhi plans ‘India first’ policy to protect battery industry

India’s government is planning a policy shake-up to “incentivise” battery manufacturing in the country, the country’s minister of state for power and new & renewable energy has told industry leaders. 

Raj Kumar Singh (pictured) told a meeting of Indian electric vehicle and battery manufacturing chiefs he could introduce “Make in India” legislation— to ensure only batteries produced in the country are used for government contracts related to the expanding EVs and energy storage market.

 

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