German automotive manufacturer Continental has confirmed plans to launch a battery production joint venture with China’s Sichuan Chengfei Integration Technology (CITC).
Continental said the partnership is expected to start producing 48-volt mild hybrid lithium-ion battery systems in China, by the middle of this year, targeting the European, North American and Asian electric vehicle markets.
Israeli metal–air batteries company Phinergy plans to team up with Chinese partners to invest in the development of aluminium-air battery systems in China.
Chinese aluminium products manufacturer Yunnan Aluminium said it had formed a joint venture company with Phinergy and China’s Shanghai Zuoyong New Energy Technology for the CNY813.8 million ($128.6m) project.
Hong Kong-listed battery giant Leoch International Technology has invested in UK-based battery distributor DBS Energy to target sales to the country’s industrial market.
Leoch said the companies had formed a joint venture— DBS Leoch— to “significantly grow its business and become one of the leading suppliers of batteries” to UK industry.
Chinese and South Korean businesses have formed two new joint ventures to produce lithium-ion battery materials from bases in China.
The move follows months of claims and counter claims over China’s alleged “blocking” of South Korean batteries in a heated trade spat.
The German enterprise ElringKlinger (EK) has signed a framework agreement on a joint venture (JV) for lithium-ion battery technology with Sichuan Chengfei Integration Technology Co Ltd (CITC) from China.
The JV will focus on the development, production, and distribution of lithium-ion battery modules for the global automotive market in Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Renault-Nissan have inked a joint venture deal with the Dongfeng Motor Group Co., Ltd., to co-develop and sell electric vehicles (EVs) in China.
However, the firms are being tight-lipped about where batteries for the new enterprise – eGT New Energy Automotive Co., Ltd., (eGT) – will be produced.
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.
French minerals company Imerys Graphite & Carbon has moved into Nambia after signing a joint venture to produce natural graphite.
Imerys and Gecko Namibia formed a JV to develop the Namibian Otjiwarongo site as graphite becomes increasingly sought after for use in lithium-ion anodes.