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Blackstone Resources plans Germany battery plant

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Swiss battery metals investor Blackstone Resources is launching a research centre in Germany— ahead of plans to set up “a substantial battery-production project” in the country.

The company is investing €200 million to establish Blackstone Research in the city of Erfurt, with the goal of building “the next generation of electric-vehicle batteries, close to where German auto manufacturers are based”, in the east-central state of Thüringen.

Blackstone said it will initially put up the investment itself, but hopes to “garner support from subsidies” from European Union R&D funds and from regional and federal funding in Germany.

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Leoch breaks ground on China lithium plant

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Leoch ground breaking ceremony

Hong Kong-listed lead batteries firm Leoch International Technology has broken ground for a major lithium-ion battery plant in China’s northern Anhui Province.

Leoch is investing CNY1.2 billion (US$177.5 million) in the project to build a factory in the Huaibei Development Zone with an annual production capacity of four gigawatt-hours.

The ‘Leoch International Anhui New Energy Battery Project’ will manufacture batteries for energy storage systems as well as to power electrical devices, Leoch said.

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LG Chem expands battery investment in China

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

South Korean battery giant LG Chem has confirmed plans to invest the equivalent of more than US$1 billion to expand its battery manufacturing capacity in eastern China.

LG Chem signed a 1.1 trillion Korean won (KRW) investment contract with municipal and city leaders to include building a third plant in Nanjing, which will produce electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

According to the agreement, LG Chem will invest KRW600bn in the new plant and an existing EV and small battery plant by 2020 respectively— all in the Nanjing Xinjiang Economic Development Zone.

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GS Yuasa expands in Germany for sales push

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Osamu Murao

Japan-based battery giant GS Yuasa is leasing new premises in Germany to expand its business.

The lead-acid and lithium-ion battery manufacturer has leased around 7,300 square metres of logistics space at Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia, northwest of Düsseldorf.

The lease at the new Segro Logistics Center Krefeld II has a term of more than 10 years and starts in April 2019.

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CATL opens first US office in Detroit

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Chinese lithium-ion manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) is opening its first North American sales and service facility, in Detroit, Michigan, as the company looks to stake its claim on the US battery market.

CATL has established “a series of partnership agreements with world-renowned car manufacturers” such as BMW, Daimler, and Jaguar Land Rover.

The Detroit facility will help CATL to “improve the supply of lithium-ion batteries to the US auto market and to support the expansion of EV manufacturing.”

 

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Samsung 'to expand China battery production'

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Korean electronics giant Samsung is to invest US$2.4 billion in order to expand battery manufacturing in Tianjin, northern China, according to a report by the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

The Tianjin municipal government has reported that the investment will be used to expand the power battery lines for automotive batteries, and to establish a multi-layer ceramics capacitors (MLCC) factory in the city.

Tianjin is already a well-established manufacturing base for Samsung, with 10 affiliated companies currently in the municipality, pumping out products reportedly worth a combined total of around CNY84bn ($12.2bn) annually.

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LG Chem ‘plans second Poland battery plant’

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
LG Chem groundbreaking ceremony in Poland

South Korea’s LG Chem is reportedly set to build a second lithium-ion batteries production plant in Poland as orders outstrip the capacity of its existing facility in the country.

The move comes just a year after production of batteries for electric vehicles started at the group’s existing Kobierzyce production facility in southwestern Poland, with a capacity of around 100,000 batteries annually.

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BMW and Dräxlmaier establish joint battery production in Thailand

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The BMW Group has announced that from 2019 onward it will, in partnership with the Dräxlmaier Group, establish “local high voltage battery production” in Thailand.

Together, BMW and Dräxlmaier plan to invest over 400 million baht (US$12.2 million) in order to realise their ambitions of establishing “a new beacon for e-mobility innovations in Thailand and the region.”

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JCI and Toshiba to work on lead-lithium dual-battery systems

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Johnson Controls International’s (JCI) soon-to-be-sold Power Solutions business, is joining forces with Toshiba to manufacture lithium-ion batteries that will be “paired” with lead-acid battery technology as part of dual-battery systems for carmakers.

JCI, which has agreed to sell Power Solutions to US and Canadian investment firms, said the partners will develop and make the lithium-ion batteries at JCI’s Holland plant in Michigan.

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Webasto and Wanxiang ink Shanghai battery partnership

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Automotive component manufacturers Webasto and Wanxiang A123 are to cooperate on a Shanghai-based battery development partnership targeting commercial vehicles for the Chinese market.

China-based Wanxiang, which also produces lithium-ion batteries, has signed a partnership agreement to produce a battery module that will be integrated in Munich-based Webasto’s modular battery system.

The project is the first under the partnership. The battery modules from Wanxiang contain high-quality NCM battery cells.

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