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China lead firm eyes switch to ‘low-cost’ Vietnam

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:28 -- Xuan Zhong
China lead firm eyes switch to ‘low-cost’ Vietnam

Chinese battery maker Shenzhen Center Power Tech is proposing to transfer part of its lead-acid operations outside China to reduce costs.

The company— also known as Vision— has set its sights on transferring lead battery production from its facility in the Shenzhen Dapeng New District to subsidiaries in Vietnam and central China’s Hubei Province.

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ILA call to “change perceptions” of policymakers on lead

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:33 -- Xuan Zhong
ILA call to “change perceptions” of policymakers on lead

The International Lead Association (ILA) is calling on battery makers in Europe and the US to challenge and change misconceptions by some policymakers who think of lead-acid as “out-dated technology”.

The ILA’s director of products and sustainability, Alistair Davidson (pictured), told the annual Battery Council International Convention (BCI) and Power Mart Expo in Arizona, research showed some policymakers do not see lead acid “as a technology of the future”.

 

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‘Trump backlash could hit lead-acid’, BCI told

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:32 -- Xuan Zhong
‘Trump backlash could hit lead-acid’, BCI told

Upcoming midterm elections in the US could trigger a fresh assault on the country’s lead-acid battery sector, battery chiefs have been warned.

Environmental and health law specialist, David Weinberg (pictured), told the Battery Council International (BCI) Convention and Power Mart Expo in Arizona that Donald Trump’s low approval ratings could see the president’s Republican Party lose ground to the Democrats— which risked hurting lead.

 

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Student saves Banner a bundle with battery thesis

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:12 -- Xuan Zhong
Student saves Banner a bundle with battery thesis

Austrian lead-acid battery maker Banner said it expects to make major savings in its production process thanks to the efforts of a master’s student.

Local student Michael Wiesbauer helped Banner to develop a new type of mass refining plant as part of his mechatronics and business management degree thesis.

 

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Korean lead-acid firm to open first US battery plant

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:35 -- John Shepherd
Korean lead-acid firm to open first US battery plant

South Korean lead-acid battery maker ATLASBX is investing $75 million to open its first manufacturing plant in the US.

Tennessee state governor Bill Haslam confirmed the firm expected to complete construction of the plant in Clarksville, Montgomery Country, by 2020.

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Camel in China battery plant talks with Croatian start-up Rimac

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:06 -- John Shepherd
Camel in China battery plant talks with Croatian start-up Rimac

Croatian EV batteries start-up Rimac Automobil is set to race into the battery manufacturing fast lane in a multi-million-dollar deal with Camel, one of China’s leading lead-acid firms, BBB has confirmed.

A spokesperson for Zagreb-based Rimac told BBB negotiations are under way but declined to give details.

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Aqua Metals fights back with lead production “milestone”

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:08 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals fights back with lead production “milestone”

Aqua Metals, the US lead-acid battery-recycling start-up, is ramping up its commercial fightback by completing its “first24-hour run of continuous operations” of lead production after months of production setbacks.

The company confirmed on 5 March it had completed the move following modifications to its AquaRefining facility in Nevada to resolve a “sticky lead” condition that had hampered production.

 

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Chinese lead-acid player ‘eyes Asian expansion’

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:50 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese lead-acid player ‘eyes Asian expansion’

Chinese lead-acid battery manufacturer Tianneng has reportedly set its sights on expanding production capacity to another country in southern or southeast Asia— while stepping up domestic capacity by 20% this year to meet electric vehicle demand.

According to Reuters, the company wants to capitalise on increasing demand for batteries to power electric scooters and cars in the region. Tianneng is considering setting up a plant “with an annual production capacity of at least 100,000 tonnes” in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan and Bangladesh, according to the news agency.

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Aqua Metals retrofit “fixes sticky lead”

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:23 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals retrofit “fixes sticky lead”

US lead-acid battery-recycling start-up Aqua Metals has successfully modified equipment to resolve a “sticky lead” condition that had hampered production at its facility in Nevada.

The company, which is working to commercialise a water-based recycling process, revealed last December that lead recovered during its AquaRefining process was sticking to the exit chutes of processing equipment.

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