Apr 6, 2023 - 02:51 pm
Valmet has Kuka install efficient battery assembly in Finland
Automation specialist Kuka has scored a new contract and is designing “CO2-neutral” assembly systems for Valmet Automotive in Finland. The supplier says the investment into sustainable battery production is “extensive” and expects the new Kuka system to set new standards.
Jan 19, 2023 - 04:07 pm
SK On closes deal with Urbix for anode development
The battery cell manufacturer SK On has joined forces with the US graphite processor Urbix to develop anode materials for its batteries. The South Korean company is interested in innovative materials and securing its US supply chain.
Jan 12, 2023 - 03:41 pm
PowerCo secures land for Volkswagen’s next battery factory
Volkswagen’s plans for a battery cell factory in Spain have entered the next phase by purchasing a plot of land. PowerCo, the Group’s battery division, has signed the papers and was ready to invest €63 mn to buy 130 hectares in Sagunt, near Valencia.
Jan 10, 2023 - 01:06 pm
Ford swaps battery partners for Turkish plant
According to industry insiders, Ford is changing battery partners for its planned battery cell factory in Turkey in order to diversify its battery suppliers. Instead of using SK On, its rival LG Energy Solution is now being given the job.
Jan 10, 2023 - 11:14 am
Britishvolt to sell majority stake to stay afloat
Britishvolt, the battery maker currently in financial dire straits, can apparently still fulfil its plans for a battery cell factory in Blyth in the north-east of England, just not on its own. The company is talking about a possible sale to secure its future.
Dec 15, 2022 - 05:44 pm
GAC breaks ground on battery plant in China
The Chinese car company GAC has started building a production facility for electric car batteries in Guangzhou. With a total investment of 10.9 billion yuan (1.5 billion euros or $1.561 billion), the new factory is scheduled to go into operation in March 2024 with an annual production capacity of 6 GWh.
Dec 12, 2022 - 02:46 pm
UK: Envision AESC lays foundation for Sunderland gigafactory
Envision AESC has begun the building works for its battery factory near the Nissan plant in Sunderland, UK. It will be the second UK facility for the EV battery specialist from Japan. Envision AESC also announced new details regarding capacities after reports had varied.
Oct 24, 2022 - 06:50 pm
Panasonic to source graphite from North America
Tesla battery partner Panasonic has signed an MoU with Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) to establish a supply chain in North America for graphite, an anode-active material used in lithium-ion batteries.
Oct 13, 2022 - 02:14 pm
ACC utilises Comau and Siemens for battery production
The joint venture Automotive Cells Company (ACC) has selected the Italian automation specialist Comau to develop an integrated battery module production line for its planned Gigafactory in France. ACC has also signed an MoU with Siemens to become ACC’s preferred supplier of automation, digitalisation and electrification technology.
Oct 10, 2022 - 08:53 pm
CALB starts manufacturing batteries at new Hefei plant
Chinese battery manufacturer CALB (China Lithium Battery Technology) has started production at its new 50 GWh factory in Hefei and said it will increase capacity there to 150 GWh. CALB is also now listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
Oct 9, 2022 - 03:20 pm
Michigan to fund new battery plants in the state
Michigan is about to approve $400 million in incentives to help companies build battery factories worth $4 billion in the state. Preliminary funding approvals confirm earlier rumours of VW partner Gotion High Tech planning to manufacture in the (former) centre of the US car industry. There are also implications for BMW.
Oct 9, 2022 - 09:35 am
Amte joins forces with UKBIC
British cell manufacturer Amte Power has signed an agreement with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) to have up to 60,000 of its “ultra-high-power cells” manufactured annually at the research centre over an initial 24-month period.
Sep 4, 2022 - 03:51 pm
Ultium Cells starts making batteries for Hummer EV in Ohio
Ultium Cells LLC, the battery joint venture by GM and LG, has kicked-off production in Ohio, USA. The new battery plant is the first of potentially four to come online within the next few years and is currently making battery cells for GMC’s Hummer EV.
Sep 1, 2022 - 12:24 pm
Tesla could build new battery assembly at Fremont
Tesla wants to assemble battery modules at its electric car plant in Fremont, California, at least according to an application filed with the city of Fremont. The extension appears in line with other plans to expand production.
Aug 30, 2022 - 03:21 pm
GM signs agreement with Posco Chemical for CAM
General Motors has signed a binding off-take agreement for cathode active material (CAM) with Posco Chemical. Under the agreement, which runs from 2023 to 2025, Posco will supply the material from its plant in the South Korean city of Gwangyang to Ultium Cells.
Jul 13, 2022 - 07:11 pm
AMTE Power joins forces with Mahle Powertrain
UK battery cell manufacturer AMTE Power has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UK-based German manufacturer Mahle Powertrain (MPT). The non-binding MoU the MoU between the two companies will facilitate testing of AMTE Power’s UHP cells at MPT test sites in Northampton.
Jun 29, 2022 - 04:29 pm
Impact Clean Power Technology builds plant in Poland
Impact Clean Power Technology (ICPT), a Polish manufacturer of battery systems for heavy-duty commercial vehicles such as buses as well as stationary energy storage systems, has begun construction of a production facility called GigafactoryX. The plant will initially produce 2 GWh of batteries per year from 2024 and 5 GWh in the final stage.
Jun 28, 2022 - 01:40 pm
Leclanché announces battery-safety breakthrough
Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché says it has achieved a breakthrough in the safety of its lithium-ion batteries without compromising cell performance. By adding a special additive to the composition of the electrolyte formula, the company says the risk of a thermal event has been reduced by almost 80 per cent.
Jun 23, 2022 - 04:41 pm
Britishvolt extends R&D deal with University of Warwick
Britishvolt has extended its contract with WMG, University of Warwick, to develop battery cell technologies and accelerate the route to market, in a multi-million-pound deal. Following an initial 12-month project, Britishvolt and WMG are now embarking on a two-year programme of work.
Apr 18, 2022 - 03:05 pm
CATL expands battery loops in Indonesia
CATL’s recycling subsidiary Brunp has entered into a partnership with Indonesian companies Antam and IBI. CATL wants to invest the equivalent of almost 5.5 billion euros in the Indonesia. The agreement focuses on nickel mining and processing, battery materials, battery manufacturing and battery recycling.