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.
South Korean steelmaker Posco is reportedly to build a $100 million lithium-ion cathode plant in the country next year as it expands its presence in the global batteries and raw materials market.
Posco’s new facility in Gwangyang, 423 kilometres southwest of Seoul, will have an annual production capacity of 6,000 tons, the company told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
South Korea has called on China to ensure “a fair business environment” for battery manufacturers to compete for business across the two countries.
South Korea’s trade minister Paik Un-gyu (pictured) made the plea during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Miao Wei in Seoul, the Yonhap news agency reported.
Mining firms have unveiled a blueprint they say could transform Australia into a global battery development hub— and grab a multi-billion-dollar slice of the “lithium value chain”.
A new report from Australia’s Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) calls on the federal government to declare battery minerals processing an “industry priority”— and use tax breaks and other incentives to entice global industry giants to the country to kick-start a domestic battery industry.
The boss of Nissan batteries in the UK, Jeff Pratt, is to head a new national centre supporting government plans to develop next-generation battery systems for the automotive sector.
Pratt (pictured) will take up the post of MD at the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC)— part of the UK government’s Faraday Institution— next month.
A “large-scale battery” research lab is being set up in Wales with the backing of key industry players.
The University of South Wales has been awarded GBP995,000 ($1.3 million) to invest in the project at its Power Systems Laboratory in Treforest.