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Lead-acid battery formation firm Inbatec’s new global VP to boost presence in the Americas

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 11:57 -- Paul Crompton

German lead-acid battery formation company Inbatec has appointed Nick Hennen as global vice-president of sales and business development to advance and increase business in North and South America.

Hennen, who will be located in Missouri, US, will focus on expanding the German firm’s reach as well as assisting its sister company Kustan in expanding its sales. 

Hennen has been in the battery industry for more than 25 years, initially as a sales engineer with Bitrode— specialising in non-automotive technologies such as lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride— and most recently as VP of Americas & global business development sales at Digatron.

Inbatec's managing director, Christian Papmahl, said: “I have known Nick for many years and understand his knowledge of battery production.

“More importantly though, he is well-respected with a large network and has a global understanding of all battery technologies. We are ready to take the next step and coordinate sales and growth on that level.

“We think Nick’s background across all types of battery production and end user applications brings a new perspective to our companies.

“In the short-term, we want to be more in touch with our customers in North America, but looking to a strategy of growing opportunities in India, Southeast Asia and China very quickly. 

“A lot of exciting things are going to happen with both Inbatec and Kustan over the next few years, and Nick will lead many of these efforts.”

Nick went to the University of Missouri and has a degree in Electrical Engineering. Later he achieved an executive level MBA from the Olin School at Washington University, St. Louis. 

Most of his career has been focused on battery formation including lead-acid, lithium and other technologies. He also has been involved in several stationary energy storage projects in the US and South America, primarily for electrical grid usage.

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Korean firm ups UHMW-PE production to meet demand of lead-acid and lithium-ion battery industry

Tue, 12/08/2020 - 12:39 -- Paul Crompton

Petrochemical firm Hanwha Total has increased its annual plastic production capacity to meet demand for separators from lithium-ion and lead-acid battery makers.

The South Korean headquartered company— a joint venture between French fossil fuel giant Total and Korean company Hanwha General Chemicals— will increase production to 140,000 metric tons as demand has spiked for plastic.

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UAE firm opens its first US lead-acid battery plant to serve motive power market.

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:57 -- Paul Crompton

United Arab Emirates lead-acid battery maker Eternity Technologies has opened its first plant in the US to make batteries for the forklift market.

The plant in Sherman, Texas was opened in October to manufacture its full range of BCI 2 volt low maintenance and enhanced capacity batteries for the US, Mexican and Canadian markets.

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Lead battery maker Exide Industries increases stake in Leclanché JV

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:54 -- Paul Crompton

India’s biggest lead-acid battery maker Exide Industries has increased its stake in Nexcharge— the lithium-ion joint venture (JV) it formed with Leclanché in 2018.

Exide increased its shareholding in the JV by 2.28% to bring its total ownership share to 80.15%, the Indian firm said in a stock exchange filing on 23 November.

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UK firm wins grant to produce lead oxides for advanced lead-acid batteries

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 14:04 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based recycling development firm Ever Resource has been awarded £237,425 ($315,500) grant funding to produce lead oxides for enhanced lead-acid technologies from old batteries.

The cash from Innovate UK's 'Sustainable Innovation Fund (round 1)' framework will allow Ever Resource to begin testing its nanostructured lead oxides in commercial lead-acid batteries.

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Leoch hires stationary storage sales ace to bolster UK network power team

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:40 -- Paul Crompton

Battery firm Leoch Battery UK— the UK subsidiary of lead battery maker Leoch International— has appointed Jessica Shaw as its new sales manager–network power. 

Shaw has been hired to strengthen the firm’s UK sales team and will be responsible for selling its lead-acid and lithium-ion network power products, including: telecoms and UPS batteries for communication networks and data centres.

Shaw brings eight years’ experience of sales and business development, with a particular focus on the key sectors of data centres and telecoms. 

Most recently, Shaw was the business development manager-contractors at power management solutions firm Eaton.

Prior to that, she was business development manager for Wetac UK, a battery specialist, responsible for selling Wetac battery products into the data centre industry. 

Phil Hardy, sales director UK and Ireland for Leoch Battery UK said: “Jessica brings significant experience to her new position at Leoch, both in battery sales and with direct sector expertise in the data centre and telecoms markets, ideal for our eetwork power range of products. We’re confident that she will help us to grow UK sales in this important market.”

Lead battery separator firm Microporous welcomes new director of sales

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 09:49 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery separator firm Microporous has announced Bryan Allen as its new director of sales, North America. 

Allen will contribute to the growth of Microporous in North America, with the remit of increasing its market share by penetration into new accounts and promoting sales of the company’s existing and new developmental products.

In his new position, Allen will directly report to Claudia Lorenzini, VP, sales and marketing.

Allen brings significant experience to the position, including numerous roles related to strategic account management, design engineering and project management. 

Before joining Microporous, he was senior director of sales and marketing for leading battery manufacturers Leoch and the former Exide Technologies, and French energy firm Schneider Electric.

Lead-acid bipolar firm ABC secures investment during Series B funding round

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 09:58 -- Paul Crompton

Bipolar lead-acid battery developer Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) has secured investment from Nuveen, the $1 trillion global investment arm of asset management firm TIAA, during its Series B growth equity round.

The undisclosed sum will help ABC, which develops and licenses technology related to its bipolar architecture, to move to the next stage of growth and help it build relationships in ‘new markets and geographies’.

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Key lithium-ion, lead-acid and VRFB materials placed on EU Critical Raw Materials list

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:34 -- Paul Crompton

Key lithium-ion, lead-acid and vanadium redox flow battery materials have been placed on the 2020 Battery Critical Raw Materials list by the European Commission.

Lithium, antimony, cobalt, natural graphite, and vanadium have all been placed on the list, which is composed every three years following a review of raw materials for their economic importance and concerns over supply risk.

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New chapter for 132-year-old lead-acid battery maker Exide as new firm rises from ashes of bankruptcy

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 09:19 -- Paul Crompton

The US arm of lead-acid battery maker Exide Technologies has been renamed Stryten Manufacturing following the completion of a $179 million buy out by an investment firm.

Stryten will operate seven manufacturing plants across the US to serve the ‘evolving needs of its customers and partners’ after Exide’s Americas business was bought via an auction process in July by Atlas Holdings. 

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