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A123 Systems To Build $40M HQ In Novi

LIVONIA — A123 Systems LLC, a developer and manufacturer of  lithium-ion batteries and systems, announced plans to build a $40 million headquarters complex in Novi.

Located just off I-96 near the Fountain Walk complex, the 32-acre company-owned site will house all corporate functions, an engineering center, new laboratory space and a manufacturing plant.

The new 150,000-square-foot campus will replace A123’s leased space in Livonia and Romulus, and serve as the workplace for more than 400 employees when it is complete. The campus also allows for future expansion to support the further anticipated growth of the global business.

“We are making a commitment to a continued significant presence in Michigan, in proximity to the skilled and experienced talent here,” said Jason Forcier, A123 CEO. “This new complex meets future needs by becoming our epicenter of engineering. It will allow us to grow our engineering workforce and bring testing inside, that has previously been done outside the company. In addition to our corporate staff and our engineering group, we will maintain manufacturing capability for systems assembly to meet the demands of the U.S. marketplace as they continue to evolve.”

The company also announced it will consolidate its U.S. manufacturing operations into a smaller site on the new campus. This will impact approximately 200 manufacturing jobs at the company’s current locations in Livonia and Romulus.

Company officials said they expect growth in payroll of $10 million a year by the end of 2019. The primary driver of this net payroll growth will be the company’s expanding engineering staff and testing capabilities with the new Michigan site.

The expanded engineering center will lead the development of new low voltage products for the growing global markets.

The company expects to begin construction in the third quarter of 2017 and begin to move into the new Michigan complex by the end of 2018.

A123 is a wholly owned subsidiary of China’s Wanxiang Group, which purchased the company after its 2012 bankruptcy filing.

More at http://www.a123systems.com.

State Aid OKd For Projects To Generate 956 Jobs, $201M Investment

LANSING – Projects expected to generate more than $201 million in total investment and create up to 956 jobs in Michigan gained approval from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced.

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Troy’s Toggled Adds Another Patent Licensee

TROY — Toggled, the LED lighting developer and subsidiary of Troy-based Altair Engineering, added a Chinese lighting manufacturer to its list of patent licensees.

The new licensee is Mega Lighting, the LED lighting subsidiary of Zhejiang, China-based Yankon Group Co. Ltd. The new venture was founded by Yankon in 2015 with a focus on the U.S. LED lighting business.

As a licensee, Mega now has access to the Toggled portfolio of more than 75 patents, mostly related to LED replacements for fluorescent tubes, along with communication and control technology related to the role of LED lighting in the growing Internet of Things marketplace.

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US Farathane Expands into Asia with Boston Plastics Acquisition

AUBURN HILLS — The Auburn Hills automotive plastics manufacturer US Farathane Corp. said Wednesday that it had acquired Boston Plastics, a Shanghai headquartered manufacturer of plastic injected molded components and assemblies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer end-markets.

US Farathane said the acquisition, alongside the previously announced acquisition of Tepso Plastics, further accelerates its plans to be a global supplier to its customers. US Farthane is a portfolio company of Gores Group, a global investment firm.

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MSU Prof Among 10 Worldwide To Get Fulbright Global Award

EAST LANSING — A Michigan State University engineering professor will advance off-grid electric power applications in rural China and Ethiopia after receiving a Fulbright Global Flex Award.

Abraham Engeda, a professor of mechanical engineering, will use the prestigious worldwide honor to support two years of hydropower generation research in remote parts of the two countries.

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Saginaw’s Nexteer Hits 30 Million Production Mark

SAGINAW — Nexteer Automotive, a global leader in advanced steering and driveline systems, produced its 30 millionth electric power steering unit.

EPS uses a combination of electric motors, actuators, sensors and controllers to control steering, replacing earlier mechanical systems and giving drivers better steering control for all driving conditions. It also gives “feel of the road” feedback to the driver.

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A123 Sells Battery Materials Manufacturing Plant

LIVONIA — A123 Systems LLC, the lithium-ion battery maker now owned by China’s Wanxiang Group, sadi Tuesday that it has completed the sale of its battery materials manufacturing business in Changzhou, China to Johnson Matthey, a specialty chemicals manufacturer based in London, England.

The plant in Changzhou produces lithium iron phosphate, the cathode material that A123 has historically used across its product portfolio.

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