The U.S. government has approved of Wanxiang Group’s offer for A123 Systems. A123 Systems is a bankrupt electric car battery manufacturing company that was partially funded by the U.S. government. A Chinese company buying out a U.S. backed company sounded a bit controversial, which is one of the reasons for the delay.
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A123 Systems is the bankrupt lithium-ion automotive battery company that has received bids from at least three foreign rivals. The company was partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Johnson Controls of Milwaukee and Wanxiang Group Corporation of China both sent out their bids for A123. Two other bidders that recently joined the auction include NEC Corporation of Japan and Siemens AG of Germany.
A123 Systems is the bankrupt lithium-ion manufacturing company that received a $249 million grant from the Energy Department. Now the U.S. government is saying that A123 cannot be sold without their consent. Two of A123′s bidders are Johnson Controls and Wanxiang Group Corp. If a Chinese-based rival Wanxiang owned a U.S. government backed company, then it would be pretty awkward given that offshoring was a hot ticket issue in this past election.
A123 Systems is the bankrupt electric-car battery company that received a $249.1 million federal grant and won the court approval to borrow $50 million from Wanxiang Group in China. The U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Carey gave interim approval for the loan on Monday in Wilmington, Delaware. Wanxiang is actually replacing Johnson Controls as the lender for A123′s Chapter 11.
A123 Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:AONE) is a company that manufactures advanced lithium-ion battery systems for the automotive and electric grid sectors. Today the company has announced that Johnson Controls Inc. (NYSE:JCI) will buy the company’s automotive assets in a transaction that is valued at $125 million. Johnson Controls will gain ownership of A123′s automotive technology, products, and customer contracts. They will also gain ownership of A123′s facilities in Livonia and Romulus, Michigan along with the cathode powder manufacturing facilities in China and A123′s equity interest in Shanghai Advanced Traction Battery Systems Co., which is A123′s joint venture with Shanghai Automotive.
A123 Systems, a Waltham, Massachusetts based battery company has signed an agreement with Wanxiang Group, a China-based automotive and energy company. Wanxiang would invest as much as $450 million in A123 starting with $75 million in debt financing. The agreement is “non-binding” and could still fall through though.
A123 Systems has developed new technology that allows lithium ion batteries to work in extreme temperatures, which would eliminate the need for separate heating and cooling systems. This would make electric vehicles cheaper.
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General Motors Corporation (NYSE:GM) and A123 Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:AONE) have struck a major partnership. General Motors is contracting electric vehicle battery components and packs with A123. As a result, A123 will be ramping up their employee count at their headquarters and at their office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A123 currently has about 1,000 employees in Michigan.
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