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Wednesday April 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT
Thursday April 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Location of KEMET Tour (April 10 - 2:00 p.m.)

KEMET Electronics 
2838 Kemet Way
Simpsonville, SC 29681

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Location of Networking Dinner (April 10 - 7:00 p.m.)

Zen - Greenville 
924 South Main Street
Greenville, South Carolina 29601 

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Location of Workshop on Manufacturing Cost Reduction (April 11 - 8:00 a.m.)

Marriott Greenville 
1 Parkway East
Greenville, South Carolina  29615

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Hotel Information and Registration

Marriott Greenville Hotel
1 Parkway East
Greenville, SC 29615
(864) 297-0300 
Marriott Greenville

The Marriott Greenville, a AAA 4-Diamond hotel, is located in beautiful Greenville South Carolina and only minutes from the Greenville Spartanburg Airport, downtown Greenville, Michelin as well as the BMW Manufacturing Plant, Visitor's Center, and Performance Center.  The hotel will be the site of the April 11 Workshop on Manufacturing Cost Redution.

NAATBatt has arranged a discounted rate of $131 per night for Workshop attendees.  Click here to be directed to the Marriott reservation site in order to access the special NAATBatt rate.  Please note that the special rate offer may not be available after March 26, so please reserve your room soon. 


Elena Pitt 
National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries 

Workshop on Manufacturing Cost Reduction and Members' Site Visit Meeting and Tour of KEMET Electronics

April 10-11, 2013
Greenville, South Carolina 

NAAGM Tech Center image-1TBatt is pleased to announce a 2-for-1 deal:  The next NAATBatt program will be a one-day industry roundtable workshop on manufacturing cost reduction on April 11, 2013The workshop will follow a members-only tour of KEMET Electronics' manufacturing facility in Simpsonville, S.C. (Greenville, S.C.) and networking dinner on April 10, 2013.  

A complete program for the Manufacturing Cost Reduction Workshop can be viewed by clicking here.

The Members' Meeting and Tour of KEMET

KEMET Corporation
April 10, 2013 (2:00 p.m. EDT)

The next meeting of NAATBatt member firms will begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at KEMET Electronics at 2838 Kemet Way, Simpsonville, South Carolina.  The meeting will include a tour of KEMET's manufacturing facility for capacitors.  Representatives of KEMET will be available to talk about KEMET's operations and capabilities.

KEMET Mfg facilityMember Site Visit Meetings are some of the most popular and valuable programs that NAATBatt runs. Site visits of member facilities offer participants the chance to understand the host company, its business, its personnel and its capabilities to a degree that is not even remotely possible at a standard conference or trade show.

KEMET Corporation is a global manufacturer of a variety of capacitors. KEMET's product offerings include tantalum, multilayer ceramic, solid and electrolytic aluminum and film and paper capacitors. KEMET manufactures a line of capacitors in a number of different sizes and configurations using a variety of raw materials. Its product line consists of over 250,000 part configurations distinguished by various attributes, such as dielectric (or insulating) material, configuration, encapsulation, capacitance level and tolerance, performance characteristics and packaging. 

If you want to understand capacitor or the capacitor business, don't miss this meeting!  As with all NAATBatt Members Site Visit Meetings, the meeting and tour are open to NAATBatt members only.

Please note that NAATBatt members who will not be attending the April 11 Workshop on Manufacturing Cost Reduction may attend the KEMET tour and Networking Dinner for FREE.  Please call Elena Pitt at (312) 588-0477x2 for this limited registration.

NAATBatt Members' Networking Dinner

Carolina BBQ
Zen Greenville
April 10, 2013 (7:00 p.m. EDT)

Zen GreenvilleNAATBatt is a not-for-profit trade association.  But as any long-time NAATBatt member can attest, it's not that we don't have profits, it's just that our profits go into the stomachs of our members.  We take food seriously at NAATBatt.  Not just because our members like to eat, but because we know that a good meal among good company is the best way to build new relationships within our industry.

The good food and good company tradition of NAATBatt members dinners will continue in Greenville in a way you will not soon forget.  On the evening of Wednesday, April 10, NAATBatt will host its members at Zen Greenville, a trendy art gallery in downtown Greenville for an authentic South Carolina BBQ dinner. Carolina BBQ is one of the four regional schools of BBQ in the United States (Texas being one of the other four--as those of you who attended our dinner at The County Line in Austin may remember).  You are in for a real culinary treat.

BuckyThe Zen Greenville art gallery is located at 924 S. Main Street in downtown Greenville.  Dinner will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.  As with all NAATBatt member networking dinners, the dinner is for NAATBatt members only.  Attendance at special NAATBatt networking events is a benefit of NAATBatt membership.

Please note that NAATBatt members not attending the April 11 Workshop on Manufacturing Cost reduction may attend the networking dinner and the tour of KEMET Electronics on April 10 for FREE.  Please contact Elena Pitt at (312) 588-0477 x2 for special, dinner and tour only registration.


Workshop on Manufacturing Cost Reduction

Interactive, Participatory Workshop
on How to Meet Price Reduction Targets 

April 11, 2013 (8:00 a.m. EDT)
Marriott Greenville Hotel
1 Parkway East
Greenville, South Carolina  29615

Reducing the cost of lithium-ion batteries is critical to building a broader commercial market for electric vehicles and distributed energy storage on the grid.  While cost targets for advanced batteries are easy to find--from those of the USABC to the U.S. Department of Energy's EV Everywhere Grand Challenge--information about how manufacturers working in the real world are supposed to meet those cost targets is a bit harder to come by.

GM battery plant

On April 11, 2013, NAATBatt will gather companies from all across the advanced battery supply chain to talk about the problem of cost reduction at the Workshop on Manufacturing Cost Reduction.  A detailed summary of the Workshop program can be seen by clicking here.

The Workshop will consist of two parts: At the beginning of the Workshop, participants will hear from representatives of Duke Energy and General Motors, two ultimate battery customers, about their internal battery cost reduction expectations and roadmaps.  Next, participants will hear a representative of NREL report on its recently completed study of battery manufacturing costs.  This study is expected to be the centerpiece of the Department of Energy's Clean Manufacturing Initiative, which is expected to be a major policy focus of the DOE over the next four years.  Finally, representatives of Siemens and PARC will talk about next generation manufacturing technologies, which may fundamentally change the cost structure of manufacturing advanced batteries in the United States.

The second part of the workshop, however, will be more important.  After the openning speakers have described the cost objectives, and the next generation technology that might one day be available to meet those objectives, the workshop attendees, who actually have to go back to their factories and make advanced batteries or their components, will have the chance to weigh in on the objectives set by the ultimate customers and the DOE.  We want to hear from you about what can really be done, how realistic are GM's, Duke's and the DOE's expectations, and what your suppliers need to do for you to help you meet those objectives. 

The roundtable discussion will be an interactive program in which all participates will be expected to contribute and participate.  NAATBatt reserves the right to cancel the registration of any registrant whose participation NAATBatt believes will not add meaningfully to the quality of the group discussion.  

We hope you can attend this important workshop.  This will be an excellent opportunity for suppliers within the advanced battery supply chain to hear from their customers about what those customers really need.  It will be a great chance for the battery industry to tell the DOE what the industry really needs to meet those objectives.  And it will be a wonderful opportunity for companies that think they have solutions to talk about them with their industry colleagues.

We hope to see you in Greenville.

Important Note:  All discussions of cost reduction strategies will focus on future technology and processes and cost reductions generally anticipated to be made available by them. Discussion concerning the pricing of current products is prohibited.  The proceedings of the Workshop will be governed by NAATBatt's Antitrust Compliance Policy.