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Varta lays foundation stone at German lithium-ion production plant

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 12:28 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Varta has laid the foundation stone at its lithium-ion production facility at the company's production site in Nördlingen, Germany. 

The new building will provide an additional 15,000 square meters of production space to enable the German-battery maker to produce its latest generation of lithium-ion cells from next year.

The lithium-ion battery cell factory will cater for the wearables and the Internet of things market.

Varta CEO Herbert Schein said the expansion of its CoinPower cell production will one day manufacture lithium-ion cells with a 30% improved energy density.

Varta Group plans to transfer its small-cell technology to larger formats. Varta has received a total of €300 million ($341 million) funding to help transfer its technology to larger format batteries for use in energy storage and mobility applications.

The Federal State of Bavaria is contributing €32million ($36 milion) for the research and development of lithium-ion technology at the Nördlingen site. The federal government is contributing another €70 million ($80 million). 

The foundation stone was laid by Bavaria's prime minister Dr. Markus Söder and the secretary of state in the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Roland Weigert. 

Image: Bavaria's Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder and CEO Herbert Schein in the factory in Nördlingen. Photo: Varta

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Varta receives funding to transfer lithium-ion battery tech to large-scale formats

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 13:06 -- Paul Crompton

Consumer cell maker Varta has received up to €300 million ($341 million) funding to help transfer its technology to larger format batteries for use in energy storage and mobility applications.

Funding from IPCEI (Important Project of Common European Interest) will help the German battery firm develop its latest generation of lithium-ion cells. 

Image: Peter Altmaier (left) hands over the IPCEI funding to Herbert Schein, CEO of Varta. Photo: Varta

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Varta in second legal action over lithium-ion patent infringements with US suit against Samsung

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 09:57 -- Paul Crompton

German battery company Varta is suing Samsung Electronics America over alleged lithium-ion coin cell patent infringements in the US.

The South Korean battery giant is accused of patent infringements relating to a rechargeable lithium-ion battery in Galaxy Buds earphones including batteries obtained from China’s Eve Energy bearing the part number ICR 1254. 

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Battery maker Varta buys back its consumer brand amid EC competition concerns

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 14:44 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Varta has bought back Europe-based Varta Consumer Batteries 18 years after selling it to US company Rayovac Corporation (latterly Spectrum Brands) for $262 million.

The German manufacturer completed the buy out of the company for an enterprise value of €180 million ($200 million) from US-based Energizer Holdings subject to a closing balance sheet to be prepared on the closing date. 

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East Penn buys into lithium-ion market in bid to expand motive power offering

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:00 -- Paul Crompton
East Penn buys into lithium-ion market in bid to expand motive power offering

North American lead-acid giant East Penn Manufacturing has reaffirmed its intention of moving into the lithium-ion market with the purchase of a majority interest in Navitas Systems.

The move allows East Penn to expand its motive power battery offering and  ‘strategic integration’ into other market segments in a bid to provide a wider range of energy storage system solutions.

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Lead-acid firm shows intent with Li-ion ESS deployment on Greek island

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 10:34 -- Paul Crompton
Lead-acid firm shows intent with Li-ion ESS deployment on Greek island

A project deploying five lithium-ion residential energy storage systems in Greece is further proof that even a lead-acid battery brand with more than 130 years of history must move with the times.

German firm Varta proved that even a brand with a rich history in the lead-acid market is willing to adapt with the deployment last month of its ‘Pulse’ lithium–ion ESSs as part of the European project WiseGRID.

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