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Fisker’s assets were sold for $149 million to Wanxiang

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Wanxiang, a Chinese parts maker, has acquired Fisker’s assets for $149 million. Fisker Automotive went bankrupt in the summer of 2012. Fisker’s assets were sold to Wanxiang at the close of an auction in a Delaware bankruptcy court that lasted over two days across 19 rounds.
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Fisker Automotive gets an offer from Chinese manufacturing company Wanxiang

Amidst bankruptcy, Fisker Automotive has received an offer from Chinese manufacturing company Wanxiang. This past November, Fisker Automotive was acquired by Hong Kong based Hybrid Technology Holdings.
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A123 Systems Names Jason Forcier As CEO

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A123 Systems has named Jason Forcier as the new CEO.  It has been less than one year since the company was acquired by Chinese auto supplier company Wanxiang Group.  Forcier will be replacing former CEO David Vieau.  Vieau was removed from the position after Wanxiang bought out the company.

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U.S. Government Approves Of Wanxiang’s Acquisition Offer For A123 Systems

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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NEC and Siemens Bid For A123 Systems

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.

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U.S. Government Says A123 Systems Cannot Be Sold Without Consent

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.

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Wanxiang Gives A123 Systems A $50 Million Bankruptcy Loan

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.

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A123 Systems Goes Bankrupt and Sells Automotive Assets To Johnson Controls

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.

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