DGAP-Adhoc: Leclanché / Saint-Gobain: Joint Press Release

 DGAP-Adhoc: Leclanché / Saint-Gobain: Joint Press Release  Leclanché SA  / Key word(s): Alliance  10.06.2014 07:02  Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 KR ---------------------------------------------------------------------------  Leclanché / Saint-Gobain  Joint Press Release  Leclanché and Saint-Gobain announce a joint development agreement to co-develop and market a new ceramic separator for lithium-ion cells  Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, June 10th, 2014 - Leclanché S.A. (SIX Swiss Exchange: LECN), specialized in the production of large-format lithium-ion cells and energy storage solutions and the Saint-Gobain division specialized in the research, development, and manufacturing of high-performance material films, ceramics, slurries, and inorganic material, today announced that they have entered into a collaboration agreement to co-develop a new ceramic separator for use in lithium-ion batteries, which if successful, will be used by Leclanché in its stationary product range and marketed by Saint-Gobain for use in other lithium-ion cells markets.  A joint collaboration to develop the next generation separator  Leclanché and Saint-Gobain have agreed to a collaboration program, which aims to develop a new separator material for use in lithium-ion batteries. Leclanché has already successfully developed and patented a proprietary ceramic separator that is manufactured by Leclanché in its factory in Willstaett, Germany, and that is currently incorporated in Leclanché's lithium-ion titanate cells. The separator is a key element of the cell construction as it forms a strong barrier between the anode and cathode materials, the two main active components of a cell. The ceramic structure of the separator developed by Leclanché is a key safety feature of its lithium-ion titanate cells.  Under the collaboration agreement, Leclanché will outsource the manufacture of the existing separator to Saint-Gobain followed by the co-development of an enhanced separator material leveraging Leclanché's technology and Saint-Gobain's strong technology platform in polymers and inorganic grains and powders. The objective is to create a new separator with performance advantages.  Pierre Blanc, Leclanché's Chief Technical Officer commented: "I am delighted that we have concluded this joint development agreement with Saint-Gobain, whose depth and breadth of experience and capability in polymers and fluoropolymers is world class. Through this program we aim to develop the next generation separator, consistent with our product road map to reduce costs and enhance cell performance without compromising safety."  Phil Guy, Saint-Gobain's Business Manager, Performance Plastics, Tapes commented: "We are very pleased to be working with Leclanché in providing efficient battery systems for storage of alternative energy sources of energy such as Solar and Wind. Further, the safety of these systems are paramount in their design and we are proud to be working on separator solutions that will improve the efficiency of the system while providing 'peace of mind' to users of these systems. Together, we can help enable a more sustainable and energy-efficient future."  About Leclanché  Leclanché's strategy is to become one of the leading lithium-ion cell producers and solution providers for energy storage systems in Europe. Its strategic priorities are to develop and market energy storage products for home, industrial markets and grid applications and to grow its existing businesses of developing portable energy storage systems for military, medical and industrial applications. It also includes providing a range of professional energy storage systems to a diversified customer base. Through participation in research consortia focusing on hybrid and E-mobility applications, Leclanché is positioned to take advantage of new market opportunities.  Through a unique, patented ceramic filler polymer separator technology and focus on lithium-titanate technology (LTO), Leclanché manufactures large-format lithium-ion cells, optimized for safety and cycle-life, in a fully automated production process. The newly installed production line will have an annual capacity of one million cells or 76 MWh.  Leclanché was founded in 1909 in Yverdon-les-Bains. Through the integration of a spin-off from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in 2006, the company evolved from a traditional battery manufacturer to become a leading developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion cells in Europe. Leclanché currently employs more than 100 staff and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LECN). The company has its headquarters in Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland) and production facilities in Willstätt (Germany).  For more information about Saint-Gobain, please visit www.leclanche.eu   About Saint-Gobain  Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building and high-performance materials, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2013 sales of EUR42.0 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has nearly 190,000 employees.  For more information about Saint-Gobain, please visit www.saint-gobin.ch   Media contacts  Christophe Lamps, Dynamics Group S.A. - Telephone: +41 79 476 26 87, cla@dynamicsgroup.ch Regina Decker, Saint-Gobain - Telephone: +49 241 516 2504, regina.decker@saint-gobain.com  Disclaimer   This press release contains certain forward-looking statements relating to Leclanché's business, which can be identified by terminology such as "strategic", "proposes", "to introduce", "will", "planned", "expected", "commitment", "expects", "set", "preparing", "plans", "estimates", "aims", "would", "potential", "awaiting", "estimated", "proposal", or similar expressions, or by expressed or implied discussions regarding the ramp up of Leclanché's production capacity, potential applications for existing products, or regarding potential future revenues from any such products, or potential future sales or earnings of Leclanché or any of its business units. 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