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China records strong lead-acid, lithium-ion battery growth

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:07 -- Laura Varriale
China battery industry

China's lead-acid and lithium-ion battery industries recorded double-digit growth in 2013 while nickel-metal hydride and nickel-cadmium exports fell, according to a report by SinoMarketInsight.

The report, 'China Battery Industry Report 2014-2017', states the yield of lead-acid batteries in China was 205m kVA, 15.4% more than 2012. This is somewhat of a rebound following the 2011 crackdown on what the Chinese government euphemistically called 'backward lead-acid and secondary lead industry production capacities'.

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Panasonic to build lead-acid battery plant in India

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:03 -- Laura Varriale
Panasonic battery

Japanese electronics maker Panasonic is to set up a lead-acid battery plant in India and plans to make the country a regional hub.

The batteries shall be used mainly in the automotive industry and data centres. The costs for the plant are estimated at Rs200 crores ($36m). Panasonic is currently deciding on a location, which offers either tax concessions or is closer to the company’s automotive customers. The target is to start production by 2016.

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Münstermann's oven enables plate curing in four hours

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:43 -- Ruth Williams

German machinery maker Münstermann has developed a plate-curing oven that cures battery plates in less than four hours using the Concure process rather than the conventional 30 hours.

The Concure process is a patented rapid curing process, which Münstermann claim that including the loading and unloading time the total process time is approximately five hours. The short turnaround time allows manufacturers to switch between batches of product types quickly with no need to intermediary storage of plates. 

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GS Yuasa raise battery prices in response to lead hike

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:28 -- Ruth Williams
The move is a result of high lead prices and rising costs of other materials and components in the manufacturing process including oil.

GS Yuasa has announced plans to increase its price for lead-acid automotive batteries from 1 May 2014.

The move is a result of high lead prices and rising costs of other materials and components in the manufacturing process including oil. The depreciating Yuan has worsened the situation to cause market conditions which the company believes will persist.

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Entek invests $17m in next generation lead-acid separators

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:14 -- Ruth Williams

Battery separator manufacturer Entek is investing £10m ($17m) to develop its next generation lead-acid separator materials for automotive batteries at its UK manufacturing plant.

The company is keeping the new separator, which will be formally unveiled at the 14th European Lead Battery Conference in Edinburgh this September, under wraps. The first phase of the investment includes £2.5m of new machinery installed at its site near the city of Newcastle, with more to follow in the coming 18 months.

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Germany takes on Ghanaian lead-acid recycling

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:01 -- Ruth Williams

Ghana and Germany have begun an agreement for Germany to recycle lead-acid batteries from the West African nation as part of an initiative for sustainable interdependence between Europe and Africa.

The first shipment of 20 tons of used batteries has successfully been processed in Germany, by Johnson Controls at its Krautscheid plant. A local recycling firm collected and packaged the used SLI batteries from passenger vehicles and trucks for export. Transportation was arranged by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to be recycled in an environmentally sound way under the “Global Circular Economy of Strategic Metals: Best of Two Worlds (Bo2W) approach”.

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Sovema to launch improved enveloping machine

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:12 -- Editor

Italian battery manufacturing machinery firm Sovema is to launch an updated enveloper machine for enveloping lead-acid battery plates in mid-2014.

After two to three years of testing and trials in various locations around the world, in the next quarter Sovema will launch an improved version of its enveloping machine, General Manager Massimiliano Ianniello told BEST. 

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US military extends deal with Enersys

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:46 -- Ruth Williams
The contract is for supply of the 12V batteries until February 2017.

Industrial battery giant EnerSys has won two contracts from the US military to supply VRLA batteries to the US Army and Marine Corps.

The deal is for Hawker Armasafe Plus batteries that feature Enersys’ thin plate pure lead technology— this uses a greater number of thinner lead plates rather than fewer thick lead plates within the battery. This increases the power density of the batteries and allows them to be charged at a higher rate. The Armasafe Plus batteries can be charged in a quarter of the time of conventional batteries.

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ECOBAT increases battery collection in Germany

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 17:12 -- Ruth Williams

Ecobat Technologies, provider of closed-loop recycling of lead-acid batteries, has purchased a German battery collection division called Must GmbH. The acquisition of Must, based in Vienenburg, Lower Saxony, increases Ecobat’s presence across Germany.

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Chinese e-bikes look to lithium

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:45 -- Ruth Williams

Chinese e-bike production tipped 35m in 2013, including 2.6m lithium-ion battery powered bikes, an increase of 80% compared to 1.67m in 2012.

 The cost of a lithium-ion e-bike battery is 1000RMB ($160), which is double the price of a lead-acid battery. This has been an obstacle for sales in the past, however the crackdown on lead producers has given momentum to lithium-ion.

For 2014 lithium-ion demand is expected to increase to 90% and gradually replace lead in e-bikes in the coming years.

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