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East Penn management shake-up

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:10 -- Paul Crompton
Larry Miskiewicz

North American lead-acid battery firm East Penn Manufacturing has announced a number of promotions within its manufacturing organisational structure.

Among the shake-up of management positions was Lawrence Miksiewicz, who is now senior vice president of Manufacturing & Purchasing at the Pennsylvanian firm.

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BCI and China BIA form lead-acid battery partnership

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 12:53 -- Laura Varriale
BCI and CBIA partner to represent the lead indiustry together

The US Battery Council International (BCI) association and the China Battery Industry Association (CBIA) have teamed up to jointly represent the interests of the lead-acid industry.

“Because BCI and CBIA’s members comprise 70% of the lead-acid battery manufacturing companies in the world, this partnership will create a unified voice for the industry and allow both associations to better serve their members,” said Mark Thorsby, executive vice-president of BCI.

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Accumalux and IQ Power enter manufacturing and sales partnership

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:06 -- Laura Varriale
IQ Power headquarters in Switzerland

Lead battery component supplier Accumalux is to manufacture and sell lead-acid battery maker IQ Power’s battery mixing units.

Luxemburg-headquartered Accumalux will manufacture plastic parts with Switzerland-based IQ Power’s technology, which uses plastic parts as passive mixing elements, for the European truck and commercial vehicle battery market in Europe.

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Valence secures lithium battery order for UK electric buses

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:07 -- Laura Varriale
Optare electric buses

UK-based bus manufacturer Optare has selected US battery maker Valence Technology’s (Valence) lithium batteries for the integration in electric buses.

Optare will install the lithium iron phosphate battery units in 45 buses for bus services in Nottingham, UK. The U-Charge battery series comes in standard Battery Council International sizes.

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Microporous appoints director of engineering

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:22 -- Laura Varriale
Antonio Abriola got appointed at Microporous

Separator maker Microporous has hired Antonio Abriola as director of engineering at its headquarters in Piney Flats, US.

Abriola will manage a team of engineers at the Tennessee headquarters, engineering activities at the plant as well as new projects in the US and Microporous’ Austrian facility in Feistritz.

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New technique from Wirtz improves paste adhesion

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:40 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
Wirtz paste adhesion

Wirtz Manufacturing Company, one of the leading suppliers of lead-acid battery manufacturing equipment, has had a U.S. patent granted that looks to make a considerable difference in the life of batteries using continuously manufactured positive grids and plates.

The patent, No 8,875,361, is for the method of improving the shape of the grid wires and the surface finish of the grid wires on all grids made by continuous processes including punched grids, expanded grids and continuously cast grids. A patent application has been filed with the European Patent Organization, which will apply for all of the E.P.O. countries.

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Volkswagen: Stand-alone 48V battery in mild hybrids too complex

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:10 -- Laura Varriale
2nd 48V conference in Düsseldorf

German OEM Volkswagen will not switch to a single 48V power supply system in mild hybrids in the near future, according to Florian Kühnetz, development engineer at Volkswagen.

Volkswagen will focus on a dual voltage power supply comprising a 12V lead-acid battery and a 48V lithium-ion battery, said Kühnetz at the 2nd 48V automotive power supply conference in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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BASF and EnerG2 join forces for carbon materials

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:37 -- Laura Varriale
EnerG2 energy storage

German BASF and US energy storage start-up EnerG2 have partnered for the scale-up of carbon materials for supercapacitors and lead-acid batteries.

EnerG2 has developed a carbon technology platform that enables large-scale production of carbon materials. Seattle-based EnerG2’s patented carbon material is designed for supercapacitor electrodes and as a performance additive in start-stop lead-acid batteries in automotive and industrial applications. The two companies will jointly further develop the materials, expand capacity and extend global presence with a focus on Asia and Europe.

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Amara Raja to build tubular battery manufacturing plant

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:46 -- Laura Varriale
Amara Raja Batteries' tubular battery

India’s Amara Raja Batteries’ (Amara) board of directors has approved the plan to set up a tubular battery plant in India.

“The proposed project for tubular battery manufacturing facility which was approved at the board meeting held today will support to accelerate the growth momentum and secure us additional market share in the near future," said Amara vice chairman and managing director Jayadev Galla.

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Hollingsworth & Vose acquires Raman FibreScience

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:28 -- Laura Varriale
Raman FibreScience facility in India

Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V), a battery separator manufacturer, has acquired Indian filtration media and battery separator maker Raman FibreScience (Raman) with immediate effect.

Raman manufactures a range of battery separators for flooded lead-acid batteries. According to the Mysore-headquartered company, the battery separators are suitable for use in automotive, standby power, industrial tubular and traction batteries. Raman has an international customer base.

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