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Less than two weeks to go until NAATBatt 2019, the 10th Annual Meeting of NAATBatt International, on March 11-14, 2019, at The Wigwam resort outside Phoenix, Arizona. With more than 120 speakers,NAATBatt 2019 will be the top thought leadership program in the North American advanced batteryindustry in 2019. Don’t miss the chance to learn about the newest trends in advanced battery technology  and to network with the leaders in the advanced batteryindustry. Space is limited. Register Now! 

Member Update Presentation speaking time slots have been assigned for NAATBatt 2019. At NAATBatt annual meetings, every NAATBatt member has the opportunity to make a short presentation about what it does and what its most exciting products and services during the coming year will be. More than 50 companies have signed up to make presentations. This is the best market intelligence you will get anywhere about who is doing what in the North American advanced battery industry. To see all the presenting companies and the times they are speaking, click here and scroll through the agenda.


The NAATBatt Annual Members Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., Arizona time, in the Pina/Pueblo Ballroom of The Wigwam hotel, 300 Wigwam Boulevard, Litchfield Park, AZ.  The business to be conducted at the meeting will be to elect the members of the Board of Directors of NAATBatt International, who will serve until the NAATBatt 2020 annual meeting.
Industry Committee Meetings.  NAATBatt International will host several battery industry committee meetings prior to the start of the NAATBatt 2019 conference.   Industry committees are open to all persons working in the industry.  You do not have to attend NAATBatt 2019 to participate in a committee meeting.  Committee meetings will be held in the Palo Verde Ballroom of The Wigwam resort, Litchfield Park, AZ, on Tuesday, March 12 (all times are Arizona time):
SAE Battery Standards Steering Committee  –     8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Zinc Battery Committee                                    –     9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Advanced Battery Recycling Committee        –    10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Meeting agendas and call in information for any of the meetings may be obtained from Jim Greenberger, Executive Director of NAATBatt International.
Please check-out the NAATBatt Job Board on the NAAT
Batt website. See:  The Job Board is intended as a service to NAATBatt members. Members are invited to post listings for open management and professional positions at their companies. The soon-to-be-updated NAATBatt website is a frequent point of reference for persons looking for information about careers in the advanced battery industry and supply chain. The NAATBatt Job Board is a great way for members to get the word out about open positions. Contact Jim Greenberger for information about how to post position openings. There is no charge for this service for NAATBatt member firms.

SAVE THE DATE.  NAATBatt 2020, the 11th Annual Meeting of NAATBatt International, will be held in Pasadena, California on February 10-13, 2020. The meeting will be held in the historic Langham Huntington Pasadena hotel and will set a new standard for meeting amenities and networking opportunities for senior executives in the North American battery industry. NAATBatt has decided to move its 2020 meeting and conference from March to February in order to avoid the exceedingly busy month of March on the battery conference circuit.  Please save the date.  More information about NAATBatt 2020 will be coming  soon.

New Member:

NAATBatt International is pleased to welcome SungEel MCC Americas  as NAATBatt’s newest Silver Member.  SungEel MCC Americas (SMCC) is the United States’ first and only chemical-based recycler of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries. SMCC uses a proven and patented recycling process and its joint venture partner Sungeel Hitech is currently the largest recycler of li-ion batteries in Asia. SMCC employs the world’s most eco-friendly and efficient methods to recycle cobalt, nickel, manganese, and lithium from spent li-ion batteries. For more information about SMCC, go to:

NAATBatt Member Press Releases and Events

Fastmarkets: Battery Materials Conference 2019 (Kerry Hotel, Pudong, Shanghai, China, April 10-12, 2019)

The conference that puts you at the heart of the Asian battery market.

Join us to explore the key issues affecting the mining, processing, transport and supply of nickel, lithium, cobalt, manganese, graphite and copper.
For more information, click here.
NAATBatt members get 15% discount. To make use of the 15% discount, register online here and enter NB15 at the checkout, or email

Sandia National Labs: The 2019 Energy Storage Systems Safety & 

 Reliability Forum (March 6-8, 2019)

The forum will provide a platform for discussing the current state of ESS safety and reliability (ESS-SR) and mitigation strategies for improving cell to system level safety and reliability. This open forum will provide presenters an opportunity to present their work in ESS-SR, and it will provide attendees the chance to see the work that is creating the future of ESS-SR.
For more information, click here.
Click here to register for this event.  The registration fee is $350.
NAATBatt members interested in publishing press releases about developments at their companies in this newsletter should send their releases by e-mail to Vivian Yu of NAATBatt by Thursday of each week.
Advanced Battery Industry News    
Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) announced it has signed a 5-year agreement to deepen the cooperation with BAIC BJEV and Beijing Pride Power System Technology Limited (Pride Power). CATL and Pride Power will provide BAIC BJEV with power battery systems in the next 5 years. Under the strengthened collaboration, CATL and BAIC BJEV will jointly build a R&D team to work on developing new types of power battery(Source: China Automotive News)
BYD broke ground on its 20 gigawatt hours (GWh) battery factory in Chongqing Municipality. The investment of 10 billion yuan (~$1.5 billion) enables the company to build 8 fully-automated li-ion battery production lines to make power cells, modules and packs, as well as develop supporting industries. The first-stage construction is scheduled to be completed and put into operation within one year. (Source: Xinhua)
Johnson Matthey (JM) has entered into a long-term battery materials supply agreement with Lithium Werks. Under the agreement, which runs for 5 years starting next month, JM will supply its lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery cathode material manufactured at its facility in ChangzhouChina(Source: Lithium Werks)
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. plans to invest a total of $4.5 billion in five of its Michigan plants. The automaker will invest $1.6 billion to convert the two plants that comprise the Mack Avenue Engine Complex into an assembly site for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and EV models. (Source: FCA USA LLC)
24M announced it has delivered commercial lithium ion (li-ion) cells that were built with its ‘SemiSolid‘ design. The nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) cells achieved energy densities exceeding 250 watt-hours per kg (Wh/kg) when built in its pilot facility. The company has already delivered similar NMC cells with energy densities above 280 Wh/kg to an industrial partner. (Source: 24M) 
India’s cabinet has approved a 3-year ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME)’ scheme to spend $1.4 billion to subsidize sales of EVs. Subsidies would be offered based on the battery capacity of the vehicle, ranging from buses and cars to three-wheelers and motorbikes. The incentives would be applicable only on vehicles costing less than 1.5 million Indian rupees ($21,177) and extended to only those vehicles fitted withadvanced batteries using li-ion or other new technologies. (Source: Reuters)
The U.SDepartment of Transportation has issued an interim final rule that prohibits passenger airlines from carrying rechargeable lithium-ion (li-ion) cells or batteries as cargo. The interim rule, a regulation issued without advance public notice as a proposed rule, also requires that li-ion batteries and cells be shipped at no more than a 30% state of charge aboard cargo-only when packed with or contained in equipment or devices. (Source: Aviation Week)
Peugeot has provided details for its ‘e-208‘ all-electric vehicle (EV) that will be powered by a 100-kilowatt (kW) electric motor and 50-kilowatt hour (kWh) battery with a range of up to 211 miles. The EV will be released this summer 2019, as the firm readies itself to electrify its whole range by the year 2023. (Source: CNBC)
Volvo has released the ‘Polestar 2‘ EV that bases its infotainment system on Google’s Android system. The EV uses a 78 kWh battery with a targeted range of 275 miles. (Source: Polestar)
Samsung is speeding up the construction of projects such as its MLCC plant (multi-layer ceramic capacitor) and power battery production line, with an additional investment of $2.4 billion in high-end manufacturing. (Source: JQK News)
CATL and FAW Group have set up a joint venture (JV) named ‘CATL-FAW Power BatteryCompany‘ (CATL-FAW).  CATL and FAW Group hold 51% and 49% stake in the JV with respective contribution of RMB1.02 billion ($149.4 million) and RMB980 million ($146.1 million). (Source: China Automotive News)
NGK Spark Plug has agreed to participate as a corporate partner for ispace’s ‘Hakuto-R‘ lunar program. Part of the initial program will include testing the company’s solid-state batteryon the surface of the moon. The current plan is to test the battery with a lunar rover as early as 2021. (Source: ispace)
MGX Minerals and the University of British Columbia are collaborating to develop li-ion batteries capable of increasing energy density by 4x from current 100 Wh/kg for EVs and grid storage. Phase One assessment has been completed and Phase two is underway and focusing on developing a scalable process to upgrade metallurgical silicon originating from the company’s projects to battery-grade silicon anode. (Source: MGX Minerals Inc)
Industry Indices


Executive Director’s Notes


Although U.S. scientists and auto engineers largely created the modern electric vehicle, the United States today lags behind in the race to deploy electric vehicles and to manufacture the lithium-ion battery technology that powers them. In his blog,”Use User Fees to Fund Vehicle Electrification“, Executive Director Jim Greenberger suggests a new mechanism for directing investment into electric vehicles and lithium-ion battery manufacturing in the United States.  You can read the blog by clicking here.
Advertisements & Announcements
Fastmarkets Events is pleased to offer all NAATBatt members 15% discount on registering for Battery Materials 2019, taking place from 10 – 12 April at the Kerry Hotel, Shanghai.
The conference will bring together the entire battery materials industry, from mine to market, to discuss the key issues affecting the mining, processing, transport and supply of nickel, lithium, cobalt, graphite, manganese and copper.
BYD, CATL, Amperex Technology, Samsung SDI, Mitsui Chemicals, Chengdu Chemphys Chemical Industry, Tosoh Corporation, and many more have already confirmed their attendance.
Keynote speakers include: Felipe Smith of SQM; Daixin Li of Bloomberg New Energy Finance; Junxian Xie of Pulead Technology Industry; Dr Joseph Li of Superior Graphite; Emily Hersh of DCDB Group; Anthony Tse of Galaxy Resources and many more.

Find out more about the conference here >>
View all attending companies here >>
View the agenda here >>

To make use of the 15% discount, register online and enter NB15 at the checkout, or email

For any further information about the conference contact Janelle van Deventer at +44 (0) 207 779 8259 or
About the 2019 ESS Safety & Reliability Forum
The 2019 Energy Storage Systems Safety & Reliability Forum provides a platform for discussing the current state of ESS safety and mitigation strategies for improving cell to system level safety and reliability.
This third annual event will be held March 6-8, 2019,  in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Hotel Albuquerque in historic Old Town.  Register now and book your hotel.
To keep up on all new event information as it becomes available,  please visit our website.
Click here to register for this event.  The registration fee is $350.
Select 2019 ESS Safety & Reliability Forum from the dropdown menu at the top of the form.
The tentative schedule of speakers has now been posted. Review the complete agenda here.
Topics of discussion include:
  • Understanding Failure R&D
  • Incident Management and Failure Consequences
  • Understanding Failure Applied
  • Codes and Standards
  • Designing Robust Systems
  • Reliability and Abuse R&D
  • Beyond Li-ion
Book Your Hotel
The 2019 ESS Safety & Reliability Forum will be held at Hotel Albuquerque in historic Old Town in Albuquerque, New Mexico from March 6-8, 2019.
Sandia has reserved a block of rooms at a special conference rate of $99 single/double, plus applicable taxes. These rates are reserved for Forum attendees on a first come, first served basis. Reservations can be made online here or by calling Hotel Albuquerque at 866-505-7829 or 505-843-6300.
Call for Poster Presentations
Abstracts for poster presentations may still be submitted for consideration here.
About NAATBatt International
NAATBatt is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to promoting the commercial interests of its members by supporting developments in advanced battery technology consistent with the goals of enhancing energy efficiency, reducing petroleum dependence and enabling carbon-free electricity generation.  NAATBatt’s programs, committees and publications help its members increase their knowledge and grow their business in one of the most important industries of the 21st Century.
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For information about NAATBatt International and the benefits of membership,

To apply for membership in NAATBatt International, Click Here

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