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JCI and Toshiba to work on lead-lithium dual-battery systems

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Johnson Controls International’s (JCI) soon-to-be-sold Power Solutions business, is joining forces with Toshiba to manufacture lithium-ion batteries that will be “paired” with lead-acid battery technology as part of dual-battery systems for carmakers.

JCI, which has agreed to sell Power Solutions to US and Canadian investment firms, said the partners will develop and make the lithium-ion batteries at JCI’s Holland plant in Michigan.

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JCI ‘in Power Solutions sale talks’ with investment firm

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
George Oliver

North American firm Brookfield Asset Management is at the centre of fresh speculation about a possible sell-off of Johnson Controls’ batteries business.

Brookfield, whose business interests include a graphite electrode manufacturing business and battery storage systems, could pick up JCI’s Power Solutions for between US$13 billion and $14bn, according to Reuters.

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ALABC joins Argonne Lab for next-gen lead batteries study

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Lead-acid battery technology is to undergo a “high-tech makeover” under a research agreement between members of the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) and the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

Fourteen ALABC members have signed up for the science programme, which Argonne said would focus the lab’s “resources and expertise on improving the performance of lead batteries, to assist the industry in meeting market demands for existing applications and for new applications”.

The nine full members of the programme include Crown Battery Manufacturing Company, Doe Run Resources Corporation, East Penn Manufacturing Company, EnerSys, Exide Technologies, Johnson Controls, NorthStar Battery Company, RSR Technologies and the Trojan Battery Company. The five associate members are Superior Graphite, Microporous, Cabot Corporation, Borregard Lignotech and Advanced Battery Concepts.

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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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Pledge to recycle 2m used car batteries

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:44 -- John Shepherd
Pledge to recycle 2m used car batteries

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.

 

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Aqua Metals admits ‘significant’ delay as losses mount

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:28 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals admits ‘significant’ delay as losses mount

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.

 

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Early start for JCI’s new CEO

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:50 -- News Editor
Early start for JCI’s new CEO

George Oliver (pictured) is to take over as chairman and CEO of battery giant Johnson Controls International in September— six months ahead of schedule.

Oliver, currently JCI’s president and chief operating officer, will succeed Alex Molinaroli, who joined the company in 1983 and prior to his current position served as president of JCI’s Power Solutions business.

 

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Strong stop-start battery shipments boost JCI sales

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:43 -- News Editor
Strong stop-start battery shipments boost JCI sales

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.

 

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Sensor targets acid stratification

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:27 -- News Editor
Sensor targets acid stratification

A new ‘sensor’ developed to combat acid stratification has been unveiled by Johnson Controls. 

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.

 

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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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