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Iron flow battery firm ESS Inc welcomes new board member days after listing on stock market

Thu, 11/04/2021 - 10:08 -- Paul Crompton

Long-duration battery manufacturer ESS Tech Inc has welcomed Alexi Wellman to the company’s board of directors, and chair of its Board Audit Committee.

Wellman brings knowledge and experience in financial management, accounting and corporate governance to the US iron flow battery firm’s board, including extensive experience in providing financial oversight to numerous public companies.

Wellman serves on the board of directors and is an audit committee and compensation committee member of transportation and logistics firm Werner Enterprise, and blank-cheque company Bilander Acquisition Corp.

Previously, she has served on the board of directors of Endurance International Group, Yahoo Japan, TWC Tech Holdings II Corp., and Nebula Caravel Acquisition Corp.

Eric Dresselhuys, ESS CEO, said: “We are very pleased to have Alexi join our team at a key moment in ESS’ history as a publicly traded company. Her experience will prove invaluable as we scale up production, expand our global sales network, and execute on our growth plans.” 

Last month, ESS Inc and publicly traded special purpose acquisition company ACON S2 Acquisition Corp completed a business combination resulting in ESS becoming a publicly listed company.

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Leoch expands further into Europe with lead-acid battery distributer buy out

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 08:38 -- Paul Crompton
Leoch expands further into Europe with lead-acid battery distributer buy out

Chinese battery manufacturer Leoch has strengthened its grip on the European lead-acid market with the buyout of Spanish battery distributor Meibat.

The Chinese company will set up firm Leoch Iberia with the goal of establishing a permanent market hold in the Iberia region.  

Established in 1992, Meibat distributed industrial batteries in Spain from its base just outside of Madrid.

A new warehouse facility will be set up in Madrid to cover the network power and motive power markets throughout Spain and Portugal. 

Meibat has historically focused on complementary sectors to Leoch in telecommunications, UPS, data centres, renewables and energy storage as well the motive markets. 

The company is in the top 10 of battery and energy system distributors in Spain with all the major key accounts in the region.

Leoch now has direct operations in Spain, Greece, France, Germany, Italy and the UK. 

The company has 10 regional manufacturing plants in China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India and Vietnam.

Apostolos Tasiopoulos, Leoch's vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Leoch previously had a representative in Spain but this major acquisition will enable us to establish a permanent footprint with all original equipment customers in Iberia. 

“It was the only major European country on our target list where we didn’t have our own entity; it joins our existing facilities in France, Germany, Italy and the UK.”

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Study “changes lead absorption assumptions”

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:04 -- News Editor
Study “changes lead absorption assumptions”

New analysis indicates that earlier studies into lead absorption levels of workers in the battery industry “likely overestimated” the rates of absorption.

The Battery Council International (BCI) said the new study, which it sponsored, found the airborne lead particle size observed in lead battery manufacturing and secondary smelter facilities “significantly changes previously-held assumptions about lead absorption rates”.

 

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No Tesla-style lithium manufacturing projects in Germany in sight - VDMA

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 15:00 -- Laura Varriale
World of Energy Solutions 2014

There will be no Tesla-style lithium battery manufacturing projects in Germany, according to German mechanical engineering association Verband Deutscher Maschinen- and Anlagenbauer (VDMA).

Peter Haan, spokesperson of VDMA battery production and head of business development OEM industries at Siemens, said at World of Energy Solutions conference in Stuttgart, Germany, that the country is able to manufacture battery cells entirely with production technology “made in Germany”, but lacks big projects.

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Källström agrees Chinese representation deal with Digatron

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 09:43 -- Ruth Williams
Kallstrom acid filler SF4 8Q for VRLA batteries

Källström Engineering, the Swedish supplier of acid filling and dilution equipment, has entered into an agreement for Digatron Firing Circuits to represent the battery equipment manufacturer in China.

The agreement, in place since late 2013, will see Digatron represent and sell Källström equipment in China to increase sales and improve aftersales service. 

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