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Hitachi Chemical launches battery quality data probe

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 09:18 -- Xuan Zhong
Hitachi Chemical launches battery quality data probe

Japanese lead-acid maker Hitachi Chemical Company is investigating a breach of quality control procedures concerning batteries supplied to customers for more than seven years.

Hitachi said “inappropriate entries of data” were made in inspection reports given to customers relating to some 60,000 batteries sent to around 500 companies from its Nabari Works from April 2011.

 

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Battery tech investors ‘face betting on wrong horse’, says report

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:07 -- Xuan Zhong
Battery tech investors ‘face betting on wrong horse’, says report

Battery makers will need to work as part of “innovative ecosystems” to successfully launch new technologies onto the market, according to a new report.

The report by consulting firm Arthur D Little said “no single company will be able to come out on top without the support of an intricate and dynamic innovation ecosystem made up of partners, start-ups and institutes”.

 

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TBS looks to next half-century with new HQ

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:07 -- Xuan Zhong
TBS looks to next half-century with new HQ

Lead-acid battery machinery maker TBS Engineering has opened the doors of its new UK headquarters in Gloucestershire.

The GBP15 million ($20m), 100,000 square feet manufacturing and engineering facility includes 80,000 sq ft of manufacturing space and offices.

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Camel to expand lead recycling

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:40 -- Xuan Zhong
Camel to expand lead recycling

Chinese battery maker the Camel Group has announced plans to boost investment in lead-acid recycling over the next three years.

The company said in a Shanghai Stock Exchange announcement it is set to spend CNY1.5 billion ($234 million) on building three recycling and production sites— one in the eastern Anhui Province and the others in the northeast and southwest of the country.

 

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Plural thinking needed on battery research

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:18 -- John Shepherd
Plural thinking needed on battery research

As EU bureaucrat Joanna Szychowska rolled out lines at last week’s Eurobat event in Brussels about the EU’s so called action plan for batteries— which is focused solely on lithium-ion— a lone voice from the International Lead Association called out for plurality in research and for inclusion for research funding for lead batteries.

Dr Alistair Davidson (pictured) extolled the virtues of lead which the Eurobat audience had heard many times before— safe, recyclable, low-cost and now innovative— explaining that the Advanced Lead Acid Battery consortium did all its R&D with just $5 million in funding as opposed to the billions the EU is about to put in the hands of  European researchers.

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Exide acquires Aker Wade to forge motive powerhouse

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 12:17 -- Xuan Zhong
Exide acquires Aker Wade to forge motive powerhouse

US-based lead-acid giant Exide Technologies has moved to tighten its grip on the motive power market by acquiring fast-charge tech pioneer Aker Wade Power Technologies.

Aker Wade designs and manufactures advanced charging systems for industrial forklifts— and the acquisition will see the firm’s chargers become part of Exide’s GNB Industrial Power battery portfolio.

 

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California move on lead-acid risks ‘hindering’ energy policy

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 09:22 -- John Shepherd
California move on lead-acid risks ‘hindering’ energy policy

Regulators in California have been warned that new moves to increase pressure on producers of lead-acid batteries risk “hindering” state energy goals.

The warning came as the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) included lead batteries in its 2018-2020 draft priority product work plan.

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EU warned on picking ‘winners’ for new battery research cash

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:13 -- John Shepherd
EU warned on picking ‘winners’ for new battery research cash

EU leaders have been warned against ignoring lead-acid technology when selecting battery “winners” and bestowing alternative chemistries with millions of euros in fresh funding for advanced battery research.

The warning from the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) came as the European Commission revealed plans to launch a EUR1bn ($1.1bn) “Future Emerging Technologies Flagship initiative”— to support long-term research in advanced battery technologies for a 10-year period from 2025.

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Chilwee issues profits slump warning over lead 'overcapacity'

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:10 -- Xuan Zhong
Chilwee issues profits slump warning over lead 'overcapacity'

One of China’s biggest lead battery manufacturers, the Chilwee Group, has said it expects to see first half-year profits “fall sharply” because of falling prices triggered by “overcapacity” in the domestic lead-acid sector.

Chilwee (also known as Chaowei) said in a Hong Kong Stock Exchange announcement estimated profits would be down in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period a year ago— but the company did not give figures. 

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Lithium creep into forklifts grows

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:25 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
Lithium creep into forklifts grows

The growing impact of lithium-ion power in the traditional lead acid traction market could be seen last week at Modex in Atlanta— a major US supply chain trade fair.

Exide, one of the USA’s big four and predominantly lead-acid makes, launched a lithium-ion battery aimed the forklift  and autonomous guided vehicle market while Navitas announced a lithium-ion deal with Hyster— one of the largest global players in materials handling equipment.

 

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