Saft Awarded Contract from Boeing for Li-ion Batteries to Power SES-9 Satellite

  Saft Awarded Contract from Boeing for Li-ion Batteries to Power SES-9

Business Wire

PARIS -- June 17, 2013

Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of high technology
batteries for industry, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract from
Boeing to build Li-ion batteries for the new SES-9 satellite. The project
kicked off in January 2013, with delivery scheduled for December 2013. The
order is the sixth contract under Saft’s long-term agreement signed with
Boeing in 2009 to produce Li-ion GEO satellite batteries.

SES-9 satellite (Photo: Business Wire)

SES-9 satellite (Photo: Business Wire)

The SES-9 satellite, to be built for SES-SA on Boeing’s 702HP platform, will
be designed to operate for 15 years in geosynchronous orbit. The new
deployment will expand direct-to-home broadcasting and other communications
services in Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia, while also serving
maritime communications in the Indian Ocean. The SES-9 will carry a 12.7 kW
payload and 57 high-power Ku-band transponders, equivalent to 81 36-MHz

Saft’s high-energy Li-ion battery packs will supply the satellite with 12.7 kW
of power for its 15-year life. The four battery packs on board, which are
comprised of VES 140S cells, will power the satellite during the two 45-day
eclipse seasons each year while in orbit.

For Saft, this order represents another important increase in the production
of satellite batteries and adds to Saft’s market share in the satellite
industry. More than 70 satellites currently in orbit today rely on Saft Li-ion
batteries which have logged over 1,000 kwH in space. The VES 140S is a
qualified space cell employed in Boeing 702 satellite programs including
Intelsat, Inmarsat, SkyTerra, MEXSAT,ABS/SatMex, and other US Government
satellite programs. The cells and the modules have proven heritage in space,
offering long life and reliable performance.

SES operates a fleet of 52 geostationary satellites. The company provides
communications services to broadcasters, content and Internet service
providers, mobile and fixed network operators, worldwide corporate interests
and governmental organizations.

“Our long-term agreement with Boeing has provided Saft with extraordinary
opportunities to provide more batteries for satellite communications solutions
throughout the world,” said Thomas Alcide, General Manager of Saft’s Specialty
Battery Group. “Saft continues to focus on innovation and leadership in this
important and rapidly expanding marketplace.”

About Saft

Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of
advanced technology batteries for industry. The Group is the world’s leading
manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the
industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military
electronics’ markets. Saft is the world leader in space and defense batteries
with its Li-ion technologies which are also being deployed in the energy
storage, transportation and telecommunication markets. Saft’s 4,000 employees
present in 18 countries, together with its 15 manufacturing sites and
extensive sales network, all contribute to accelerating the Group’s growth for
the future. For more information, visit Saft at

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Saft Press contact:
Jill Ledger, Corporate Communication and Institutional Director
+33 1 49 93 17 77
Catherine Jouatel, Corporate Communication Manager
+ 33 1 49 93 1768
FTI Consulting Strategic Communications
Caroline Guilhaume, +33 1 47 03 68 10
Astrid Villette, +33 1 47 03 68 10
U.S. Press contact:
Chris Shigas, French/West/Vaughan
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