Saft has been awarded a multi-million dollar Long Term Agreement (LTA) with Lockheed Martin as the preferred supplier of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for the company’s telecommunications satellites.
The follow-on five-year contract – signed through 2020 – validates the continued partnership between Saft and Lockheed Martin for Li-ion cells for satellites that have been proven to work reliably under the harsh space conditions. Saft will supply high-energy VL48E Li-ion cells with a 3.6V, 48Ah package to power the satellites with light-weight, reliable technology necessary to withstand a demanding space lifecycle.
“For nearly half a century, Saft has played a significant role in providing high performance batteries to the space market, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to further our relationship with Lockheed Martin,” said Thomas Alcide, President of Saft America, Inc. and General Manager of Saft’s Specialty Battery Group. “Our innovative thinking and advanced technology solutions have led us to become the top supplier worldwide of batteries for satellites as we continue to pursue a mission of powering outer space.”
For Saft, this contract demonstrates a proven – and growing – heritage as a technology leader within the space market.
Effective from 1 January 2022, Armand Ajdari will be joining Arkema as the Group’s Chief Technology Officer. He will report to Thierry Le Hénaff, Chairman and CEO, and will be a member of the Group management committee.
Ineos Styrolution confirmed its decision to invest into a pilot plant for advanced recycling of polystyrene. The site will be set up in collaboration with Recycling Technologies in Swindon, U.K. It is expected to be operational in the second half of 2022.
The Air Liquide’s Board reviewed the Group’s leadership succession plan and approved the principle of a new form of governance. In this context, when the Board meets at the close of the 2022 Shareholders General Meeting, it will be asked to renew Benoît Potier’s term of office as Chairman of the Board of Directors and to appoint François Jackow to succeed him as Chief Executive Officer with effect from June 1, 2022.