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NAATBatt 2019, the 10th Annual Meeting ofNAATBatt International, starts next week in Phoenix, Arizona.  NAATBatt 2019 is the top thought leadership program on the North American advanced batteryindustry, examining trends in advanced batterytechnology bringing together the top battery and energy storage industry executives to network and do deals. Last chance to attend! Register Now! 

Member Update Presentation speaking time slots have been assigned for NAATBatt 2019. At NAATBattannual 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. NAATBatthas 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

American Manganese: Reports Further Testing from First Two Stages of Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Pilot Plant

Extraction Results Meet Company’s High Expectations
For press release, click here.


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    
LG Chem is considering a 2nd plant in Europe in addition to the facility in Poland. The batterymaker aims to triple its total battery production capacity from current 35 Gigawatt hours (GWh) to 100 to 110 GWh by 2020. (Source: Pulse) 
SK Innovation announced it will invest $859 million to build its 2nd battery plant in Hungary. The company will break ground on the plant in Komarom this month and finish construction in 1H20. By 2021 when the facility is completed, global production capacity is expected to be at least 29.5 GWh. (Source: SK Innovation) 
Blink Charging has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with InterEnergy. The companies plan to form a joint venture (JV) that will develop a charging infrastructure throughout the Dominican Republic and Panama. The exact terms and conditions of the JV are to be outlined in a detailed agreement to be executed between the two parties. (Source: Blink Charging) 
The German Ministry for the Environment (BMU) is providing an additional 180 million euros ($201 million) for the purchase of electric buses (ebuses) to select cities exceeding the NOx levels set within the European Union. Overall, the ministry now holds a total of around 300 million euros ($335 million) available for e buses for the years up to 2022. (Source: Electrive) 
VDL Bus & Coach will deliver 43 VDL Citeas Electric to Qbuzz (Netherlands-based). The ebus order consists of 11 SLFA-180 models and 32 SLF-120 models that are equipped with a 216 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack and a 288 kWh battery pack, respectively. (Source: VDL Bus & Coach) 
Circle K (Norway-based) has signed a contract with ABB for the supply of Terra High Power, 175 kilowatt (kW) Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers in combination with Terra 54 CJG, 50 kW chargers. The units will be delivered by next month. (Source: ABB)
Volvo Buses and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have unveiled a full-size autonomous ebus that will soon start trial runs in the university campus. The vehicle is 12 metres (39 feet) long with a full capacity of close to 80 passengers. (Source: Volvo Bus Corporation)
Swiss Post and Austrian Post along with Portugal’s EDP and New Zealand’s Meridian Energy announced a move to fully electric fleets by 2030.  The combined entities will switch 22,000 fossil-fuel vehicles to electric. (Source: The Climate Group)

The US China Innovation Alliance announced its ‘2019 InnoSTARS Competition’. The event brings U.S. entrepreneurs with potential China partners and investors. To submit an application, click here(Source: The US China Innovation Alliance)

Audi is testing factory vehicles powered by used lithium-ion batteries at its plant in Ingolstadt. The automaker is obliged by law to take back energy carriers after they have been used in cars. The project team from the areas of production, logistics and development has been working on the 2nd use of battery modules for about two years. (Source: Audi)
Nio has cancelled a plan to build its 2nd factory in Shanghai, as its existing NIO/JAC plant has capacity to support growth for the next 2 to 3 years.  The automaker has partnered with state-owned JAC Motors to produce its ES8 electric model since 2016. (Source: South Morning China Post) 
The e.Go Life EV

Volkswagen and e.GO announced a partnership on a third-party electric vehicle (EV) project using VW’s MEB platform. e.Go has already launched a ~$17,000 EV, the e.GO Life(Source: e.go)

GIG, an electric car share service is coming to downtown Sacramento. There are currently 80 GIG EVs (Toyota Prius c Hybrid) ready to rent and will grow to 260 cars by the end of April. Drivers can use a smartphone app to find a car. It costs $0.40/ minute or $85/ day (fuel, insurance, and parking are all included). The GIG Car Share program was made possible by a $44 million grant Sacramento received from Electrify America(Source: CBS13 & GIG)
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 >>
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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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