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NAATBatt 2019the 10th Annual Meeting of NAATBatt International, was held this past week in Litchfield Park (Phoenix), Arizona.  With 250 attendes and over 120 speakers, NAATBatt 2019 was the most successful annual meeting and conference of the NAATBatt International organization to date. Speaker presentations from NAATBatt 2019, containing the latest data about the advanced battery and materials markets and the latest information about emerging battery technologies, will be made available next week to all registered attendees and NAATBatt members. Watch your e-mail.  Thanks again to all sponsors, exhibitors, attendees, supporters and staff who made this week’s meeting so valuable and memorable.  We are all looking forward to NAATBatt 2020!   

At the NAATBatt 2019 meeting the Board of Directors of NAATBatt elected the following officers, who will serve in the indicated offices until the end of the NAATBatt 2020 meeting:
Chairman –   John Warner (Warner Energy Consulting)
President –   Joern Tinnemeyer (EnerSys)
President-Elect –   Jeff Yambrick (SVOLT)
Chief Technology Officer –   Bob Galyen (CATL)
Chief Science Officer –   Stan Whittingham (SUNY Binghamton)
Vice President –   Brian Morin (Soteria)
Vice President –   James Trevey (Forge Nano)
Vice President –   Troy Miller (General Electric)
Vice President –   David Roberts (Indiana Economic Development Corp)
Secretary –   John Platt (Snell & Wilmer)
Executive Director –   Jim Greenberger
Treasurer & CFO –   Sandy Kane
In addition, NAATBatt welcomes the following individuals as newly elected members of its Board of Directors for 2020:
Michael Canada (Gold Member Representative)
Carlos Helou (Gold Member Representative)
Kris Hunter (Gold Member Representative)
John Kincaide (Silver Member Representative)
Dirk Spiers (at large)
Randy Moore (at large)
Sharon Bonesteel (at large)
Congratulations to NAATBatt’s new officers and directors!

NAATBatt International is pleased to announce that it will be revamping its website within the next two weeks.  Please check in at to see the latest online version of NAATBatt’s web-based presence.  The NAATBatt website will contain a valuable resource center for NAATBatt members and will direct members of the public, who regularly search the NAATBatt site for battery-related products and information, to the specific NAATBatt member firms that provide those products and services. NAATBatt is becoming even more valuable to its members.  Another good reason to join now.

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.

NAATBatt Member Press Releases and Events
Soteria: Soteria Big Consortium Meeting
Soteria will host the second meeting of the Soteria BIG Consortium on March 25th. Meeting highlights:
  • Results of cell builds using Soteria materials
  • NASA 18650 safety tests
  • Material updates from Applied Materials & DuPont Teijin
  • End user panel including Mercedes, NASA and NIO
  • China market entry plans from Intralink Group
While the meeting is for members only, the Soteria BIG consortium is an open consortium and new members are welcome. Please join our 31 other members at this meeting and learn how you can help eliminate lithium battery fires forever. Contact Amy Brinson for details.
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
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    
Tesla is in discussions with Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) about supplying cells for its Model 3 electric vehicles (EVs) that it plans to start assembling at its factory near Shanghai. The automaker has already signed a preliminary agreement withTianjin Lishen to supply batteries for its Shanghai facility. (Source: Reuters)
Ford is considering forging supply deals with lithium producers. The automaker is spending $11 billion to bring 40 EVs to the market by 2022. (Source: Reuters) 
SQM has received environmental approval to expand its lithium carbonate production plant. The $400 million plant expansion could enable the company to eventually produce 180,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate from its Salar de Atacama operations in Chile(Source: Reuters)
Volkswagen is planning to build 22 million battery EVs over the next 10 years (up from a previous 15 million target).  By 2025, the automaker aims to add at least 50 EVs to its lineup with most having a range of at least 200 miles. LG ChemSK InnovationCATL andSamsung have been selected as battery cell suppliers. (Source: Volkswagen AG)
Tesla has launched its Model Y SUV EV, which will offer a range of up to 300 miles. The starting price is eventually going to be $39,000 in Spring 2021, but the more expensive versions of Model Y with a bigger battery pack dual motor and higher performance are going to come first in Fall 2020. (Source: Elektrek)
Saft is delivering onboard MSX nickel-technology battery systems for 130 trains destined for the Chengdu Metro as part of a multi-million-euro, two-year contract for CRRC (the Chinese rolling stock manufacturer). The MSX cells are manufactured in its Bordeaux factory in France and assembled by CRRC in China.  Deliveries are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. (Source: Saft)
BYD has temporarily halted operations at its electric bus (ebus) factory in GuangzhouGuangdong province because of the impact from the government’s decrease in EV subsidies by up to 50%. BYD and the Guangzhou Automobile Group jointly invested in the factory, which will be stopped through May. (Source: Nikkei Asian Review)
Powin Energy has contracted to purchase 1.85 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of lithium-iron-phosphate battery cells from CATL that will be integrated into its energy storage systems. The supply agreement is through 2022. (Source: Powin Energy) 
BYD has equipped Brussels Airport with 30 electric buses (ebuses). The delivery also included 30 charging points for the vehicles. (Source: Electrive)
Kia Motors America announced that it is partnering with Amazon to sell and install charging stations. Customers are now able to order a home charger and installation through Amazon.
(Source; Kia Motors America)
JTB Hawaii’s Proterra ebus

JTB Hawaii has unveiled three Proterra Catalyst ebuses that will begin service next month. The vehicles use a 440 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery and can travel for 250 miles on a single charge. Each bus features a uniquely appealing and colorful exterior wrap design inspired by Hawaii children through Blue Planet Foundation’s “Driving Forward” Art Challenge program. (Source: KHON2)

Triton Minerals has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Qingdao Jinhui Graphite that could result in the development of the Ancuabe graphite project in Mozambique. The two companies have started technical, legal and commercial due diligence with the goal of executing a binding agreement within the next six months. (Source: Mining Weekly)
India’s Union Cabinet  approved a national mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage to drive clean, connected, shared, sustainable and holistic mobility initiatives. The mission includes a Phased Manufacturing Programme (PMP) valid for 5 years till 2024 to support setting up of a few large-scale, export-competitive integrated batteries and cell-manufacturing Giga plants in India. (Source:
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 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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