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Zimbabwe ‘to build batteries’ on back of lithium mining

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
July Moyo

Zimbabwe’s government has set out proposals to build battery-manufacturing plants as part of a “lithium beneficiation” programme.

The minister for local government, public works and national housing, July Moyo (pictured), said an unspecified number of plants would be built in the country’s central Midlands Province— spurred by renewed lithium mining activity.

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Nissan fails to deny sale of battery making business

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 15:30 -- Paul Crompton
Nissan fails to deny sale of battery making business

Japan OEM Nissan has failed to squash ‘speculation’ that is about to sell off its controlling stake in a battery manufacturing business.

Nissan Motor Co has held talks with companies, including Panasonic and some Chinese firms, over the sale of its car battery-manufacturing venture, reported The Nikkei Asian Review.

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Amara Raja to build tubular battery manufacturing plant

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:46 -- Laura Varriale
Amara Raja Batteries' tubular battery

India’s Amara Raja Batteries’ (Amara) board of directors has approved the plan to set up a tubular battery plant in India.

“The proposed project for tubular battery manufacturing facility which was approved at the board meeting held today will support to accelerate the growth momentum and secure us additional market share in the near future," said Amara vice chairman and managing director Jayadev Galla.

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OM Group takes over Ener-Tek for $24m

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:32 -- Laura Varriale
Clariant facility in Quebec, Canada

US metal-based chemistry firm OM Group has acquired battery maker Ener-Tek International (Ener-Tek) for $24m.

Rhode Island-based Ener-Tek manufactures lithium-ion and silver-zinc batteries for the defence and aerospace markets. According to Ohio-headquartered OM Group, the company aims to offer a wider range of products with the transaction of Ener-Tek and its subsidiary Yardney Technical Products.

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East Penn appoints Dan Langdon as CEO

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:54 -- Laura Varriale
Dan Langdon East Penn

Battery maker East Penn Manufacturing has named Dan Langdon as new CEO after former CEO Sally Miksiewicz was killed in a car accident in June.

Dan Langdon joined East Penn as controller in 1986 and served as president of the company since 1994. Christopher Pruitt will take on Langdon’s position as president of automotive sales, finance and administrative areas. Miksiewicz’s brother, Dan Breidegam, will serve as chairman.

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Driver who killed East Penn CEO was intoxicated

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:23 -- Laura Varriale
driver Mark Miller

The driver who hit and killed East Penn CEO Sally Miksiewicz in a car accident in June was driving under the influence of drugs, according to investigators.

Mark Miller, 56, was intoxicated on prescription and illegal drugs and drove more than twice the speed limit on a narrow country road in Pennsylvania, US, when he hit jogging Miksiewicz with his pickup truck on June 20, said state police.

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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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Solvay seeks to replace toxic solvents in cathode production

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:43 -- Ruth Williams
Solvay seeks to remove harmful substances from the manufacturing process

Solvay Specialty Polymers, a global producer of plastics, has launched a sustainability programme called LIFE+ GLEE to limit the use of harmful solvents in lithium-ion battery manufacturing processes.

The substance Solvay is targeting for elimination is N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) which has been classified as a substance of very high concern under the European Chemicals Agency REACH classification. This means it has carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic effects for reproduction properties. Current manufacturing processes use the organic solvent because cathode materials are sensitive to water.

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