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CALB is the abbreviation of China Aviation Lithium Battery Technology, and another battery manufacturer from China is targeting Europe. The state-owned company claims to use NCM and LFP chemicals to produce lithium-ion batteries, about 100 GWh per year.

According to the latest information, the company plans to establish its own battery factory in Europe. CALB emerged from a state-owned subcontractor in 2007, is headquartered in Luoyang and has approximately 1,700 employees worldwide. The company produces batteries and modules for electric vehicles, commercial vehicles, stationary story systems for renewable energy and microgrids, and grid balancing projects.

Cars equipped with CALB battery technology include: GAC Aion S and GAC Aion V, several cars from Changan, Geely Emerand EV450, Geely Geometry C and DFM Fengon E3 and IA5 from GAC-Toyota. CALB cited three bus manufacturers (Golden Dragon, Futian, Yutong) and a van from UPS as a reference.

In the press release sent to us

Via email, CALB wrote that the company's goal is to double its production capacity to 200 GWh "in the near future." Currently, this state-owned company has R&D centers and three production bases in Changzhou, Luoyang and Xiamen.

As China's production capacity increases, CALB hopes to expand globally. The construction of European factories is already planned. The company stated that it has established a subsidiary to promote the development of the project and organize pre-sales and after-sales services in Europe. So far, CALB has not disclosed more details about the European plant schedule or location.

In addition to the aforementioned automotive market customers, battery manufacturers also announced further partnerships via email. For example, it is the designated supplier of Honda and Guangqi Honda, and plans to "deliver in bulk" to GAC-Toyota and French bus projects. Japan and India are also planning projects.

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GAC Group pointed out in 3Q20: "GAC NEV's profitability has gradually improved due to 1) the economies of scale brought about by sales growth and 2

From our own report

, Chinese battery manufacturers are indeed steadily entering the European market.

According to our report, German supplier ElringKlinger has established a joint venture with Chengfei Integration Technology (CITC). The agreement will allow CITC to contribute lithium-ion battery cells through its subsidiary China Aviation Lithium Battery (CALB). At the same time, ElringKlinger will add all other module components and supervise the design and production.

The joint venture between Continental Airlines and CALB will start a new cooperation in 2019. The joint venture between Continental Airlines and CALB will manufacture a complete 48-volt system in Changzhou, including electric motors, control units and batteries. While CALB provided battery cells, Continental Airlines contributed to the battery management system, including basic software. The company's goal is to start producing technologically advanced battery systems by 2021. "The mainland market will continue to play a vital role in the future development of electric vehicles," confirmed Andreas Wolf, head of Continental Powertrain.

CALB also conducted research in a study by the Birkenfeld Environmental Campus Group in Trier-not using metadata, but using actual tests and measurements. The researchers collected as much data as possible themselves-by dismantling a Volkswagen Caddy equipped with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine, analyzing it, and reconstructing it with an electric drive.

In order to charge the caddy, Trier researchers chose a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery from the Chinese manufacturer CALB. They installed a battery with a capacity of 25.9 kWh. They also simulated a battery twice the size of 51.8 kWh and included the original material of the battery cell in the analysis (according to the manufacturer CALB). Contrary to the nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM) technology often used in the automotive industry, LFP batteries do not contain cobalt and its associated extraction problems, especially in Congo.

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