Nissan Motor trims presence in Europe focuses on US, Japan, China

On Friday, in a report Japanese news daily Yomiuri said, Nissan Motor plans on further cutting down its presence in the European car market; it plans on outsourcing the sales and manufacturing of its cars to Renault, its alliance partner. The move, part of its global turnaround plan, essentially reverses former chairman, Carlos Ghosn’s strategy…

China’s Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group signs 5 year battery grade lithium supply deal with Tesla

In a statement China’s Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group Co Ltd stated, it has signed a deal to supply battery-grade lithium hydroxide to Tesla Inc for the next five years. According to a filing in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Yahua has placed the total value of the contract, signed by its wholly-owned subsidiary Yaan Lithium, at…

Foxconn’s display unit in Vietnam becomes operational: Vietnamese government

In a statement the Vietnamese government said, Foxconn had commenced constructing a factory in the northern part of the country, to produce displays. The factory was scheduled to commence production after a year, said the Vietnamese government. Foxconn’s $26-million factory in Quang Ninh province has now produced its first batch of displays, said the government…

Toyota Motor Corp-Panasonic Corp joint venture builds lithium-ion battery production line in Japan

On Tuesday, in a statement Toyota Motor Corp said, it will collaborate with Panasonic Corp to create a joint venture for producing batteries in Japan. To this end, the duo will establish a production line in Western Japan which will manufacture lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles starting from 2022. The production line will have a…

Tesla aims to ramp up battery production to 3,000 gigawatt-hours

Following Tesla’s unveiling of its plans to produce its own batteries in order to trim costs, shares of its two battery suppliers fell on Wednesday. Shares of South Korea’s LG Chem and Japan’s Panasonic have fallen with the news reaching the market. After initially opening higher, LG Chem’s shares was trading down by 3.1% while…

Taiwan’s TSMC to build $12 Billion chip facility in Arizona

On Friday, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd announced it will build a $12 billion chip factory in Arizona with the company saying it reflects a “strong partnership” with the U.S. government. The development coincides with the Trump Administration’s efforts to bring in more manufacturing activity to the United States. The chip factory will create 1,600…