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Toyota boosts lithium-ion battery safety on new plug-in hybrid

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:01 -- Xuan Zhong

Engineers at Japanese automaker Toyota claim to have tamed volatile lithium-ion batteries while increasing power at no significant extra cost, according to newswire Reuters.

Lithium-ion battery safety concerns not only exist in mobile devices, think of Samsung’s heartbreak, but also electric vehicles.

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Joint venture to make better battery management system

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 13:09 -- Paul Crompton
Joint venture to make better battery management system

Lithium-ion smart energy cells manufacturer Oakridge Global Energy Solutions has established a joint venture with a Japanese firm to make battery management systems.

The US based company, which makes cells for military, civilian and medical applications, will work with Toyo-System to design and manufacture BMSs for its Generation 2 Smart Energy Cell.

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Lithium-ion pioneer Sony to sell its battery business

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 15:24 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion pioneer Sony to sell its battery business

Pioneering lithium-ion company Sony Corporation is set to sell its battery business to fellow Japanese firm Murata Manufacturing.

Sony signalled it’s intent to negotiate the sale of the group’s battery business by entering into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Murata.

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Oakridge new Japan logo summons spirit of Samurai

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 14:45 -- Paul Crompton
Oakridge new Japan logo summons spirit of Samurai

Lithium-ion cell maker Oakridge Global Energy Solutions has announced it has created a new corporate logo for its emerging Japanese operations.

The US based manufacturer for military, civilian, and medical applications, unveiled the distinctive new Oakridge Japan logo's design aims to symbolise the highest quality cutting edge of Japanese energy technology, combined with the unique Oakridge blue metallic sheen which represents unsurpassed performance and reliability.

Oakridge is in the process of building on its previously announced Japanese strategic relationships so as to integrate the latest in lithium-ion technology from Japan into its second generation range of products which combine cutting edge technology with the unique Oakridge "design DNA," which together immediately set Oakridge apart from its competition.

Oakridge will continue to deepen its Japan presence and relationships during the balance of this year, and will be announcing further details of these exciting developments in the coming months.

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Another Sony laptop recall as lithium issues reappear

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 17:00 -- Paul Crompton
Another Sony laptop recall as lithium issues reappear

Sony has recalled about 1,700 Vaio laptops in what has become a long line of battery-related recalls for the Japanese electronics maker.

The laptops contain Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs that were installed between February and October 2013.

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Tesla looks to Korea for its lithium-ion EV battery supply

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton
Tesla looks to Korea for its lithium-ion EV battery supply

With 400,000 pre-orders of its model 3, Tesla is looking beyond the Japanese lithium-ion battery maker Panasonic for its supply to ensure it can meet demand, reports the Korea Times.

Some Korean companies are also getting in on the act to supply materials for those batteries.

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Japanese lithium battery maker moves into motorbikes

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 13:02 -- Paul Crompton
Japanese lithium battery maker moves into motorbikes

Japanese lithium-ion battery and energy storage systems manufacturer Eliiy has expanded its portfolio to include motorbike batteries.

Eliiy plans to complete a dedicated production line at its plant in Kawasaki to produce the batteries as an alternative to the traditional lead-acid starter batterie

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GS Yuasa targets motorcycle market with Pb-A production boost

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:25 -- Paul Crompton
GS Yuasa targets motorcycle market with Pb-A production boost

The smart money should be on the lead-acid motorcycle market if Japanese firm GS Yuasa’s latest tranche of investments is anything to go by.

The company is boosting its lead-acid battery output by 2.3 million units (to 30million) in Indonesia by 2016 as the Asian motorcycle market – especially China and India –expands.

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Japanese joint venture dissolves as Li-ion capacitor market slows

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:26 -- Paul Crompton
Japanese joint venture dissolves as Li-ion capacitor market slows

A lithium-ion capacitor joint venture between Japanese firms Asahi Kasei and FDK will be dissolved after failing to reach its projected goals.

The companies have agreed to dissolve Asahi Kasei FDK Energy Device Co., Ltd. (AFEC) after more than three and a half years business on June 30, 2015.

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