Continental/Zytek, BASF/Toda Kogyo, Volkswagen, DoE.
Continental take over: German company fully acquired its British joint venture partner Zytek Automotive. The two companies have been working together on electric and hybrid drivetrains and will continue to do so with Zytek now operating as part of the Continental Engineering Services (CES) in the UK.
New battery joint venture: Currently, BASF is in negotiations to join forces with Toda Kogyo, a specialist for cathode materials. The focus is on production, marketing and sales of active cathode materials (CAM) used in li-ion batteries in Japan.
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