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.
Battery giant Johnson Controls is backing a US-led campaign in pledging to recover up to two million vehicle batteries.
The lead-acid firm is among those who have signed up to the ‘2 Million Battery Challenge’— led by the Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC), comprising battery and automotive companies, academics and NGOs.
The head of US lead-acid battery recycling start-up Aqua Metals has admitted the firm is “significantly behind schedule” in its production plans.
Chairman and CEO Dr Stephen Clarke (pictured) said earlier this year that Aqua Metals, which wants to commercialise a water-based recycling process, was preparing for “explosive growth” in 2018.
Strong shipments of stop-start batteries boosted Johnson Controls International’s performance in its fiscal third quarter.
Adjusted earnings before interest and taxes for the US tech giant’s Power Solutions division, which includes the lead-acid battery recycling business, rose 8.6% to $304 million for the three months to June 30 from $280 million in Q3 2016.
The sensor, presented at last month’s international conference on lead-acid batteries (LABAT17) in Sofia, Bulgaria, comprises an array of several electrochemical mini-cell sensors that simultaneously and continuously measure electrolyte density in different parts of battery cells.
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.