NEW CASTLE, Pa., March 8, 2011/PRNewswire/ --Axion Power International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AXPW), the developer of advanced lead-carbon PbC® batteries, announced today that it has received a series of orders for the production and immediate delivery of flooded lead-acid batteries. The batteries will be branded by the purchaser, and will not carry an Axion Power identification label. Axion anticipates weekly shipments of these batteries in 2011 with a total minimum purchase price of $3.5 million dollars and a potential maximum purchase price of $8 million dollars. The maximum number is based on the purchaser's forecast, which was projected from their historical data.
The flooded lead-acid batteries will be built by Axion Power, with the purchaser carrying the cost of inventory and providing the raw materials required. The battery order is well suited to production on the newly renovated, and currently under utilized, manufacturing lines at the Clover Lane New Castle, PA battery facility.
Thomas Granville, Axion Power CEO, commented, "This is a basic bread-and-butter job for us. These battery types have been produced on the manufacturing lines at New Castle for decades. Revenue and margin from the sale of these batteries will begin to be reported in our financial results for the first quarter of 2011. But make no mistake about our focus and our platform going forward; it remains the manufacture of our proprietary PbC batteries and our proprietary activated carbon electrodes."
Granville concluded, "And speaking of carbon electrodes, our new robotic manufacturing line for activated carbon electrodes has been delivered to our Greenridge manufacturing facility in New Castle, PA and is on schedule for commissioning by the end of March."
About Axion Power International, Inc.
Axion has developed and patented a next generation energy storage device that won the prestigious Frost & Sullivan Technology Award for North America in the field of lead-acid batteries. According to Frost & Sullivan, Axion's new PbC® batteries have "the potential to revitalize the lead-acid battery industry by breathing new life into an established technology that is not well suited to the requirements of important new applications like hybrid electric vehicles and renewable power."
Axion Power International, Inc. is the industry leader in the field of lead-acid-carbon energy storage technologies. Axion believes this new battery technology is the only class of advanced battery that can be assembled on existing lead-acid battery production lines throughout the world utilizing Axion's proprietary carbon electrodes. Axion's future goal, after filling their plant's lead-carbon battery production capacity, is to become the leading supplier of carbon electrode assemblies for the global lead-acid battery industry.
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