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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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Former EPA chief to chair electrolyte tech advisory board for Tydrolyte

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

The former head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Stephen Johnson is to chair the advisory board of novel electrolyte technology company Tydrolyte.

Tydrolyte said the newly-formed advisory board would support the company in its “mission to replace toxic sulfuric acid in the US$40 billion-dollar lead battery market with a better performing, non-toxic substitute”.

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Gravita confirms lead processing expansion in Africa

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Gravita Pb

Indian lead producer and exporter Gravita has confirmed plans to expand its lead-acid battery scrap processing operations overseas with two new facilities in Africa.

Gravita said it has acquired land for a plant in Ghana and “construction activities are in process” with a view to starting operations by March 2019.

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Enersys powers into telecoms with Alpha Technologies deal

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
David Shaffer

Lead-acid battery maker Enersys is to acquire the US-based Alpha Technologies in a US$750 million deal to create “the only complete power solution provider for broadband, telecom and energy storage systems”.

Enersys said it had entered into an agreement to acquire all issued and outstanding shares and certain assets of select entities belonging to the Alpha Technologies group of companies.

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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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EU red tape ‘risks exporting battery jobs’, ILA warns

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Thousands of battery jobs risk being axed in Europe and ‘exported’ to overseas competitors as a result of unnecessary and restrictive legislation, lead-acid industry bosses have warned.

A European Commission proposal for an “in-effect ban” on the use of four chemical compounds, mainly used in the manufacture of lead batteries, is still on the table, the head of the International Lead Association (ILA) Dr Andy Bush has warned.

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GS Yuasa backs Thai lead-acid boost

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:24 -- Xuan Zhong
GS Yuasa backs Thai lead-acid boost

Thailand’s Siam GS Battery is reportedly preparing to ramp up lead-acid battery production to meet increasing demand at home and across Southeast Asia.

Siam GS, a joint venture between majority partner, Japan lead-acid firm GS Yuasa Corporation and Thailand’s Siam Motors, is investing around $30 million in the expansion, according to the Bangkok Post.

 

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‘Irrational Trump will hurt US’ with battery tariffs plan— China

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:31 -- John Shepherd
‘Irrational Trump will hurt US’ with battery tariffs plan— China

Lead-acid batteries and lithium raw materials have been dragged into the now highly-charged trade tariffs bust-up between the US and China.

President Donald Trump has ordered that “lead-acid batteries of any kind” be included in a new list of $200 billion worth of Chinese imports subject to tariffs of 10%. 

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Start-stop drives record sales for Banner

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 12:15 -- Xuan Zhong
Start-stop drives record sales for Banner

Austria-based lead batteries veteran Banner has booked record sales of more than EUR300 million ($348m) for the first time in the firm’s 80-year history.

The company said revenue for the year ended March 2018 was up 11% over the previous year— with growth driven by “strong demand for starter batteries for start-stop vehicles”.

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EU lead ban ‘backward step for batteries revolution’

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 13:43 -- Xuan Zhong
EU lead ban ‘backward step for batteries revolution’

Battery industry chiefs have warned that a fresh assault on lead by European regulators risks “short-circuiting” proposals for an EU batteries revolution.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECA) said on 27 June it was adding lead metal to the EU REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) candidate list of substances requiring authorisation.

 

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