Sion Power & Muhlbauer to create manufacturing line for lithium metal cells

Sion Power Corporation, a leading technology developer of next-generation batteries for electric vehicles (EV), and MB ATECH, member of Muhlbauer Group, a German turnkey solution provider, announced a partnership to create an automated manufacturing line for Sion Power’s large format lithium metal cell. The new fully-automated manufacturing line will be... Read more →

Department of Commerce proposes up to $6.4B in funding to Samsung Electronics to establish semiconductor ecosystem in Texas

The US Department of Commerce and Samsung Electronics (Samsung) have signed a non-binding preliminary memorandum of terms (PMT) to provide up to $6.4 billion in direct funding under the CHIPS and Science Act. Samsung—the only semiconductor company that is a leader in both advanced memory and advanced logic technologies—is expected... Read more →

Nissan shows in-construction all-solid-state battery pilot line in Japan

Nissan showed its in-construction all-solid-state battery pilot line to members of the media at its Yokohama Plant in Kanagawa Prefecture. The pilot line is aimed to further promote development and innovative manufacturing technologies for the batteries. Under the Nissan Ambition 2030 long-term vision, Nissan aims to launch EVs equipped with... Read more →

Volkswagen is further expanding its production and innovation hub in Hefei, Anhui Province, China with investments totaling €2.5 billion. In addition to the expansion of R&D capacity, preparations are also being made for the production of two Volkswagen brand models, which are currently being developed together with Chinese partner XPENG.... Read more →

BTR to build lithium battery ternary cathode material plant in Morocco

China-based BTR New Material Group signed an investment agreement with the Moroccan government to erect a lithium battery ternary cathode material facility in the country. The venture aims to cater to the surging demand in global markets while broadening the battery material maker’s international footprint. As part of the agreement,... Read more →

Volvo Cars’ Taizhou manufacturing plant has switched to biogas, making it the company’s first plant in China to achieve climate-neutral status. The plant’s switch from natural gas will result in a reduction of more than 7,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Despite being a small share of total Scope 1-3... Read more →

Amprius Technologies, a developer of next-generation lithium-ion batteries using its Silicon Anode Platform, has completed its qualification process for its centrotherm mass production deposition tool to manufacture silicon nanowire anodes. This marks a pivotal step in ramping production capacity to meet the growing demand for its ultra-high-energy SiMaxx cells in... Read more →

Stellantis N.V. launched the production of electrified dual-clutch transmissions (eDCTs) at its historic Mirafiori complex in Italy, the next step in a €240-million investment in the site and for the Italian automotive industry to create the Mirafiori Automotive Park 2030. The eDCT produced in Mirafiori incorporates a 21 kW electric... Read more →

Renesas begins operations of Kofu Factory as dedicated 300-mm wafer fab for power semiconductors

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, has started operations at its Kofu Factory, located in Kai City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Renesas aims to boost its production capacity of power semiconductors in anticipation of the growing demand in electric vehicles (EVs). The Kofu Factory previously operated both... Read more →

Orion S.A. breaks ground on battery materials plant in Texas

Orion S.A., a global specialty chemicals company, broke ground on a plant in La Porte, Texas (southeast of Houston) that will be the only facility in the US producing acetylene-based conductive additives for lithium-ion batteries and other applications vital for the global shift to electrification. The battery additives produced by... Read more →

A team of researchers at Osaka Metropolitan University, led by Associate Professor Atsushi Sakuda and Professor Akitoshi Hayashi, both of the Graduate School of Engineering, led a research team in developing a process that can lead to mass synthesis for sodium-containing sulfides. Using sodium polysulfides (sulfides with two or more... Read more →

Vulcan Energy Resources announced the Start of Production (SOP) of the first lithium chloride (LiCl) product at Vulcan’s Lithium Extraction Optimization Plant (LEOP) in Landau, Germany (earlier post), marking the first lithium chemicals domestically produced from a local source in Europe, for Europe. LEOP is showing strong early results with... Read more →

Constellium and PyroGenesis partner to advance plasma burner technology in aluminum melting process

Constellium has signed a partnership agreement with PyroGenesis Canada to test the use of plasma torch technology to support Constellium’s decarbonization roadmap. After successful first laboratory trials, Constellium and PyroGenesis have now entered an agreement to test this technology at industrial scale with the implementation of a demonstrator plasma-heated furnace... Read more →

BWI Group and thyssenkrupp Steering cooperate in the development of brake-by-wire technology

BWI Group, a global supplier to the automotive industry, and thyssenkrupp Steering, a global partner to the automotive industry for steering solutions, have agreed to cooperate on the development of brake-by-wire technology. The collaboration positions BWI Group and thyssenkrupp’s steering business as a Tier 1 supplier for future chassis architectures... Read more →

Nuvera awarded $14M federal tax credit allocation to expand fuel cell production capacity

Nuvera Fuel Cells has been awarded more than $14 million of investment tax credits from the US Internal Revenue Service as part of the Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Tax Credit (48C) funded by the Inflation Reduction Act. The 48C program, which provides up to 30% investment tax credits for selected... Read more →

Malaysia-based Graphjet Technology, a developer of patented technologies to produce graphite and graphene directly from agricultural waste, plans to build a commercial artificial graphite production facility in Nevada. This plant is expected to be a first-of-its-kind in the United States. The plant is expected to be capable of recycling up... Read more →

AB Dynamics plc has acquired Venshure Test Services (VTS), a leading provider of dynamometer-based testing services to the automotive sector in the US that is focused on the development and deployment of electric vehicles (EVs). Headquartered in Chelsea, Michigan, VTS offers a full range of testing services including mileage accumulation... Read more →

The US Department of Commerce and TSMC Arizona Corporation (TSMC Arizona), a subsidiary of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC), have signed a non-binding preliminary memorandum of terms (PMT) to provide up to $6.6 billion in direct funding under the CHIPS and Science Act. This proposed funding would support TSMC’s... Read more →

Continental has acquired the mold manufacturing specialist EMT s.r.o., based in Puchov, Slovakia. All shares of Continental’s long-standing supplier were transferred to Continental effective 2 April 2024. The tire manufacturer had entered into a respective agreement with EMT’s shareholders, Dynamic Design (Romania) being the majority shareholder. All 107 employees, who... Read more →

Global capacity for lithium metal production is insufficient to support the early commercial growth of the lithium metal battery industry, according to Benchmark’s Solid-State and Lithium Metal Forecast. Such batteries use lithium metal as the anode material. This can significantly increase the capacity of the battery, but requires the use... Read more →

Panasonic Energy enters discussions with IndianOil over framework for formation of JV to manufacture cylindrical Li-ion batteries in India

Panasonic Energy, a Panasonic Group Company, signed a binding term sheet and initiated discussions with Indian Oil Corporation to draw a framework for formation of a joint venture to manufacture cylindrical lithium-ion batteries. This initiative is driven by the anticipated expansion of demand for batteries for two- and three-wheel vehicles... Read more →

Ford delays market launch of new three-row electric SUVs until 2027

Ford Motor Company said it is “re-timing” the launch of upcoming electric vehicles at its Oakville, Ontario, assembly plant while continuing to build out an advanced industrial system to produce its next-generation electric vehicles, including greenfield construction and conversion of existing assembly plants. The company said it continues to invest... Read more →

Next-Generation ShAPE metal extrusion arrives at PNNL

Extrusion, which can produce complex parts made of lightweight metals, is an increasingly important manufacturing process for everything from buildings to electric vehicles. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) patented Shear Assisted Processing and Extrusion (ShAPE) technique (earlier post) is a step beyond traditional extrusion, capable of creating materials and components... Read more →

ArcelorMittal and Polmotors partner to reduce automotive supply chain emissions

ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products and Polmotors, a leading international player in the global market of metal forming and automotive components assembly, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that is focused on reducing CO2 emissions in the supply chain as well as using XCarb solutions. The MoU between ArcelorMittal... Read more →

The Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU is introducing an innovative sys-tem for roll embossing of bipolar plates: BPPflexRoll. The Fraunhofer researchers will be presenting one component of the system at the joint Fraunhofer booth at Hannover Messe 2024 from 22 to 26 April. Fuel cell systems... Read more →

Nexeon breaks ground on first silicon anode material production site

Nexeon, a developer of next-generation silicon anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, broke ground on its first commercial production facility. This milestone positions Nexeon to deliver on its commitment to supply high-performance, cost-effective silicon anode material at commercial volumes starting in 2025. By 2030, the new facility will have the capacity... Read more →

Electra Battery Materials Corporation and Eurasian Resources Group S.A.R.L. (ERG), a diversified natural resources group headquartered in Luxembourg, signed a binding letter of intent for long-term supply of ERG’s cobalt hydroxide to North America’s first battery-grade cobalt sulfate refinery. The agreement, effective 1 April 2024, supports efforts to onshore the... Read more →

Ballard announces $54M of additional funding support, bringing total US federal funding to $94M for fuel cell Gigafactory in Texas

Ballard Power Systems has been awarded $54 million of investment tax credits from the US Internal Revenue Service as part of the Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Tax Credit (48C), funded by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The 48C program, which provides 30% investment tax credits for selected clean energy manufacturing... Read more →

MP Materials awarded $58.5M to advance US rare earth magnet manufacturing

MP Materials has received a $58.5-million award to advance its construction of the US’ first fully-integrated rare earth magnet manufacturing facility. The Section 48C Advanced Energy Project tax credit allocation was issued by the IRS and Treasury following a competitive, oversubscribed process administered by the Department of Energy that evaluated... Read more →

Renault Group’s Sandouville plant to build electric LCVs for Flexis SAS

Renault Group’s Sandouville site will build electric LCVs for Flexis SAS, the new joint venture set up by Renault Group, Volvo Group and CMA CGM. (Earlier post.) Reflecting the expertise and skills acquired by Sandouville in the production of LCVs over the past 10 years, the site has been selected... Read more →

New global research commissioned by ABB Robotics and industry specialists Automotive Manufacturing Solutions (AMS) has revealed that the rising cost of energy in Europe and escalating US labor rates are becoming major challenges for the automotive industry. ABB Robotics’ second annual barometer survey of the automotive industry showed that more... Read more →

The total cradle-to-gate carbon footprint of Polestar’s first electric performance SUV, Polestar 3, is lower than that of the smaller Polestar 2 when it was launched in 2020 at 24.7 tCO2e versus 26.1 tCO2e. The majority of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions stem from the extraction and processing of various materials... Read more →

DOE renews R2R consortium with focus on high-volume manufacturing of clean hydrogen technologies

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) is renewing the Roll-to-Roll (R2R) Consortium of national laboratories to develop “roll-to-roll” processes that will reduce the cost of manufacturing electrolyzers and fuel cells. The R2R Consortium aims to advance efficient, high-throughput, and high-quality manufacturing processes to... Read more →

On 25 March, BYD rolled off its 7 millionth new energy vehicle, the DENZA N7, at its Jinan factory in China. NEVs include plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles. BYD reached the production of 1 millionth NEV in May 2021 and rapidly multiplied this figure threefold within 18 months, then surpassed... Read more →

Renault Group and Volvo Group complete creation of Flexis SAS; JV for electric vans based on SDV platform

Following the joint venture binding agreements signed in October 2023, Renault Group and Volvo Group have obtained the required regulatory approvals to launch the new company for the next generation of fully electric vans based on a Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) platform and its dedicated services. (Earlier post.) The new... Read more →

BASF has broken ground on a methyl glycols (MG) plant at its Verbund site in Zhanjiang, China. The new facility is designed with an annual capacity of 46,000 metric tons and aims to meet the rapidly growing demand for brake fluids in the region. The plant is scheduled to commence... Read more →

At the Additive Manufacturing Campus in Oberschleißheim, the BMW Group is trialling wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM), in which a wire made of aluminium or similar is melted using an arc. Then a software-controlled robot places a large number of welding seams on top of each other with precision, until... Read more →

TSMC and Synopsys bring NVIDIA computational lithography platform to production

NVIDIA announced that TSMC and Synopsys are going into production with NVIDIA’s computational lithography platform to accelerate manufacturing and push the limits of physics for the next generation of advanced semiconductor chips. TSMC, the world’s leading foundry, and Synopsys, the leader in silicon to systems design solutions, have integrated NVIDIA... Read more →

The board of directors of POSCO International has approved the construction of a new traction motor core plant in Poland and a second plant in Mexico, completing the blueprint for producing 7 million traction motor cores by 2030. The company will be able to establish a global production cluster for... Read more →

Solvay and Carester to form strategic partnership in rare earth permanent magnets value chain

Solvay and Carester signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a strategic partnership aimed at leveraging the expertise of both companies to pursue manufacturing opportunities within the rare earth industry for the permanent magnets value chain in Europe. The collaboration will enable both companies to enhance their respective strengths... Read more →

Lyten now producing Lithium-sulfur batteries at greater than 90% yield

Lyten announced it is consistently surpassing 90% yield from its automated battery production line, confirming the manufacturability of its lithium-sulfur battery utilizing a sulfur cathode and lithium metal anode. (Earlier post.) The lithium-sulfur manufacturing performance has been achieved utilizing standard lithium-ion manufacturing equipment and processes. The conversion of lithium-ion equipment... Read more →

StoreDot signs strategic manufacturing agreement with EVE Energy

StoreDot, developer of extreme fast charging (XFC) battery technology for electric vehicles, announced a collaborative partnership with EVE Energy. The agreement gives StoreDot access to EVE’s extensive manufacturing footprint and the ability to mass produce its 100in5 extreme fast charging battery cells. StoreDot will secure manufacturing capacity from EVE to... Read more →

SiAT partners with CSAC to launch CNT-coated aluminum foil, enhancing battery fast charging and longevity

SiAT, a Taiwan manufacturer of advanced nanomaterials for batteries, is partnering with Taiwan CS Aluminum Corporation (CSAC). This collaboration marks the introduction of carbon nanotube-coated aluminum foil, designed to meet the growing demand for faster charging and extended lifespan in lithium-ion batteries, sodium batteries, and supercapacitors. The new product leverages... Read more →

LeydenJar Technologies chooses Eindhoven Strijp-T for its first silicon anode factory

Dutch battery developer LeydenJar Technologies will build its first factory at Strijp-T in Eindhoven. Set to open in 2026, LeydenJar’s PlantOne provides a production capacity of 70 MWh pure silicon anode for high energy density batteries. LeydenJar developed a pure silicon anode with 70% higher energy density than traditional anodes.... Read more →

Samsung SDI tracking to mass-produce all solid-state high energy density batteries in 2027

At InterBattery 2024 in Korea, Samsung SDI unveiled a suite of “super-gap” battery technologies encompassing fast charging and ultra-long life as well as its mass-production readiness roadmap for its all solid-state battery (ASSB), a beyond lithium-ion battery solution with a targeted top energy density of 900Wh/L. The ASSB roadmap illustrates... Read more →

Toyota accelerates mass production of diverse EV batteries by making PEVE a wholly owned subsidiary

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has agreed with Panasonic Holdings Corporation (Panasonic HD) to make Primearth EV Energy Co., Ltd. (PEVE) a wholly owned subsidiary in order to strengthen its capabilities in mass-producing automotive batteries. The acquisition is scheduled to take place in late March. Among Toyota-affiliated companies, currently PEVE, Toyota... Read more →

BMW Group launches construction of high-voltage battery assembly plant in Thailand

The BMW Group has begun construction of a manufacturing facility for Gen-5 high-voltage batteries in Thailand. Local BEV production is scheduled to start in the second half of 2025. Local production of high-voltage batteries in Rayong is the next logical step in the continued electrification of our production network. Once... Read more →

The all-electric version of the MINI Countryman is now rolling off the lines at BMW Group Plant Leipzig, four months after the production launch of the combustion-engined MINI Countryman. After phasing out production of the BMW i3, the birthplace of electric mobility at the BMW Group now manufactures four models... Read more →