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Lead battery conference 19ABC moved to virtual conference

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 12:48 -- paul Crompton
Lead battery conference 19ABC moved to virtual conference

The 19th Asian Battery Conference and Exhibition (19ABC) has confirmed it will be held virtually this year due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

One of the biggest lead battery events in the calendar will now be held as a virtual event due to the world continuing to confront the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conference organisers said they had hoped moving the event from September to November would have enabled them to host the physical event, but concerns for the health and safety of delegates had forced the rethink.

The management team continually monitored and assessed the situation, but the continuing pandemic, closure of many international borders, and the disruption to travel had increased those concerns. 

Mark Stevenson, conference chairman, said:  “We are truly disappointed not being able to host 19ABC physically this year, and it is a decision we have not taken lightly. 

“In consultation with many groups, including feedback from the host city, the possibility of having to cancel the live event with little notice was far too great. 

“Our aim and focus now are to deliver a stellar virtual experience that reflects what the industry has come to expect from an ABC Conference. We will be excited to share all the details with you shortly.”

Details regarding the virtual event will be announced in the coming weeks but the event is expected to be held 2–5 November, 2021. 

The conferences sister event— 7th International Secondary Lead Conference— is also due to be held virtually on 2-3 November, 2021.

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COVID pandemic hits bottom line for Indian lead-acid battery maker

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:02 -- paul Crompton

Indian lead-acid battery maker Exide Industries is focusing on ‘cost control’ and ‘technology upgradation’ to improve the bottom-line after COVID-19 caused a distribution in the supply chain.

The company announced on 3 August that its net turnover for the second quarter of the year ending June 30, was down Rs.1,232 crore ($16 million) compared to year-on-year figures (Rs. 2,779.25 crores or $37 million).

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German lead battery maker Moll opens talks with investors following insolvency proceedings

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 09:59 -- paul Crompton

German lead battery manufacturer, Akkumulatorenfabrik Moll has entered exploratory discussions with potential investors after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a fall in sales that led to the 75-year-old firm opening insolvency proceedings.

“Sensitive discussions” with potential investors are taking place with the goal of finding a rapid resolution in the interests of all parties involved, said the company on 18 June.

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Australia to double installed energy storage capacity as ESS costs set to fall

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:55 -- paul Crompton

Energy storage analyst Wood Mackenzie forecasts that despite COVID-19 Australia is set to more than double its year-on-year installed energy storage capacity in 2020. 

The industry forecasters predict the country will add 1.2GWh of energy storage capacity this year, taking its cumulative storage capacity at 2.7GWh. Last year, Australia installed 499MWh of energy storage capacity. 

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LG Chem halts plans for India lithium-ion battery factory

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:03 -- paul Crompton

Korean battery giant LG Chem has halted its lithium-ion battery project in India as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hit the automotive market, according to reports.

The company was in talks with Renault, Mahindra & Mahindra and Hyundai for an Indian consortium for the project and regarding equity participation for the same, reported the country’s newspaper The Economic Times

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COVID-19 fails to interrupt European Battery Alliance goals

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 11:10 -- paul Crompton

A virtual meeting of The European Battery Alliance (EBA) has said its ambitions in terms of jobs and growth in a green and circular economy can be reached earlier than expected despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Twelve CEOs from European companies across the battery chain met to discuss the role of the EBA in the EU’s post corona green recovery. 

 

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Coronavirus impact on lithium-ion industry to be felt for at least another year

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 09:56 -- paul Crompton

The outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 is putting China lithium-ion manufacturers into the ‘high risk’ supplier and production category. 

Industry analysts Wood Mackenzie predict a drop of 10% (26GWh) in lithium-ion battery production in China, with the Hubei province most impacted by the outbreak.

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