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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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BYD builds on its closed loop dream with second-life lithium-ion battery partnership

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 14:34 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery OEM and electric vehicle maker BYD will transform old batteries into energy storage systems through a partnership with Chinese lithium-ion recycling start-up Pandpower and Japanese trading house Itochu.

Old battery packs from buses, taxis and other vehicles manufactured by BYD will be collected from dealerships across China and turned into ship-container-sized power units for renewable energy and factories.

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CATL announces plans to invest $5 billion to boost lithium-ion battery production

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 11:26 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese lithium-ion battery producer Contemporary Amparex Technology (CATL) is set to invest 39billion yuan ($5.4 billion) to raise its overall capacity to a reported 70GWh. 

The firm will spend the money on making a new plant in China and expanding capacity at two existing facilities in the country.

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BYD to build 48 LiFePO modules a day at new battery factory in Brazil

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 12:12 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery maker BYD has commissioned its latest battery plant in Brazil to produce lithium iron phosphate battery modules to supply the country’s electric bus market.

The manufacturing plant, at the Manaus Industrial Zone (PIM) in the northern state of Amazonas, is primarily focused on installing the modules into electric bus chassis. 

The R$15 million ($2.7 million) factory covers 5,000 square meters and has a production capacity of up to 18 thousand battery modules per year— it expects to deliver 1,000 battery modules this month alone.

The highly automated and robotic plant is producing 48 battery modules each day.

Tyler Li, country manager of BYD Brazil, said: “Our proposal is to popularise and facilitate the electrification of mobility and equipment in the country.”

The city of São José dos Campos, located in São Paulo state in the country's south, will be the first to benefit from the plant. Overall, BYD will supply twelve, 22-meter articulated buses.

BYD opened its first plant in Brazil during 2015 to produce electric buses, as well as selling electric vehicles and forklifts in Campinas, also located in São Paulo state. 

China lithium-ion battery maker reveals plans for 5GWh plant in the country

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 10:53 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery producer Jiangsu Pylontech has announced plans for a 5GWh a year lithium-ion battery production plant in China’s southeast Jiangsu province.

Pylontech, a subsidiary of Chinese telecom operator ZTE, that mainly produces lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries expects the plant to be completed in three phases by the end of 2022.

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SVOLT officially launches two cobalt-free batteries

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:08 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese automotive battery company called SVOLT officially announced two cobalt-free batteries 20 May.

Yang Hongxin, president of SVOLT, said, the company’s L6 cobalt-free long cell was being adapted to a high-end model of car by Chinese vehicle OEM Great Wall Motors. 

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China backs Taiwan firm to ramp up production of its solid-state lithium ceramic batteries

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 13:51 -- Paul Crompton

Taiwanese solid-state lithium ceramic battery developer ProLogium Technology has raised around $100 million in Series D financing from Chinese investors, reports China Money Network.

ProLogium will use the money from BOCG (Bank of China Group) Investment and FAW First Automobile Works) Group to commercialise and scale-up manufacturing of its technology.

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Chinese patent infringements spurs Varta to increase annual production of lithium-ion cells by 50 million

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:11 -- Paul Crompton

German firm Varta AG is taking legal action against Chinese battery manufacturers for alleged patent infringements on its lithium-ion coin cells.

The German company has made the allegations about Chinese competitors EVE Energy and MIC-Power based in South China's Guangdong Province.

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Australian Vanadium signs vanadium flow battery LoI with two Chinese firms

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:04 -- Paul Crompton

Australian Vanadium (AVL) has signed an agreement with two Chinese firms that could lead to the antipodean mining firm developing a vanadium materials supply chain.

The non-binding letter of intent (LoI) with Hebei Yanshan Vanadium and Titanium Industry Technology Research (a subsidiary of HBIS Group Chengsteel Chengsteel— the world’s third largest vanadium producer), was announced by AVL on 15 January.

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CATL breaks ground on European gigafactory to streamline lithium-ion battery supply chain

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 15:35 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has broken ground on its German battery manufacturing plant— the first time the company has expanded beyond its China borders.

The company aims to make 14GWh of lithium-ion cells and modules a year by 2022—just four years after the deal was announced during talks in Berlin between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese premier Li Keqiang.

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