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Aqua Metals not yet at ‘steady state’ operation

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:51 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
Aqua Metals lead ingot

Newly-appointed Aqua Metals president Steve Cotton, who left the novel lead-acid battery recycling firm just over a year ago, has admitted the company is still working on getting its process modules to “steady state” operation— and will probably be operating as little as four of them in the coming months to get things right as the company moves to scale.

Concentrating on the technology is unlikely to improve the company’s bottom line for some time. However, the original business model was premised on being able to sell fund development through the sale of sufficient refined lead. 

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Exide India ‘collaborating with Furukawa on Bengal battery plants’

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:57 -- John Shepherd
Guatam Chatterjee

India’s Exide Industries is set to expand a production plant in West Bengal in collaboration with Japanese manufacturer Furukawa Battery to supply batteries for bullet trains.

Exide Industries CEO and MD Gautam Chatterjee (pictured) was quoted as telling the Economic Times: “The expansion project will mainly produce high-end nickel-cadmium batteries in technical collaboration with Furukawa.”

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Amara Raja targets Middle East from new UAE batteries base

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:53 -- John Shepherd
Ramachandra Galla. Photo: Amara Raja

Indian lead-acid battery maker Amara Raja Batteries has opened a new trading base in the United Arab Emirates to expand sales across the Middle East.

The company told the Bombay Stock Exchange its new, wholly-owned subsidiary, Amara Raja Batteries Middle East, will operate from the Sharjah Airport International Free Zone trading in batteries and related products.

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Indian lead giant Gravita joins ILA

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:28 -- John Shepherd
Indian lead giant Gravita joins ILA

The Jaipur arm of Indian lead producer and exporter Gravita has become the first Indian business to join the International Lead Association (ILA).

Gravita’s Jaipur-based lead smelting operation, recycles used lead batteries and aluminium scrap to produce a range of quality metals and metal alloys, together with a range of plastic by-products.

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Fiamm 'in talks to expand markets'

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:04 -- John Shepherd
Fiamm 'in talks to expand markets'

Italian lead-acid battery maker is reportedly in talks with majority owner Hitachi Chemicals to introduce new products and expand into new international markets.

Fiamm will focus on “increasing integration”, specifically for the automotive battery sector, in products and technological expertise with Hitachi, according to Italian automotive journalNotiziario Motoristico.

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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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