Leclanché SA

EQS-Adhoc: Leclanche's Battery Cell Production Plant is Back in Full Operation


EQS Group-Ad-hoc: Leclanché SA / Key word(s): Miscellaneous
Leclanche's Battery Cell Production Plant is Back in Full Operation

01.06.2016 / 06:21
Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 KR.
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

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For immediate release

Leclanché's Battery Cell Production Plant is Back in Full Operation

Company's facility in Willstaett, Germany, operational five weeks after a minor
fire incident;
Sufficient level of production to meet delivery requirements while working to
restore full production capacity

YVERDON LES BAINS, Switzerland and DALLAS, June 1, 2016 -Leclanché S.A.'s
lithium-ion battery cell production facility - located in Willstaett, Germany -
is fully operational after a minor fire incident which occurred in early April.

Since mid-May, just a few weeks after ramp-up of the company's in-house back-up
machinery, Leclanché's facility is running at a steady production output. The
production level is now sufficient to ensure that delivery requirements for its
various projects will be met.

CTO of Leclanché Pierre Blanc commented "This fast restart was possible thanks
to the safety setup that prevented any propagation of the incident, and thereby
left the vast majority of the machinery unaffected. This allowed us to quickly
recover a sufficient level of production. We are now focusing on the full
recovery of our production capacity."

"Thanks to the robust contingency and business continuation plans built on our
100 years of industrial heritage, we swiftly responded to this incident to
restart the production plant within a few weeks. The in-house time-tested
processes and know-how helped us to completely prevent any injuries to any
personnel and undesirable environment impact. We are confident that we will meet
all our customer delivery commitments," said Anil Srivastava, CEO, Leclanché.

About Leclanché
Leclanché is a fully vertically integrated battery energy storage solution
provider. It delivers a wide range of turnkey energy storage solutions for
homes, small offices, large industries, electricity grids, as well as
hybridization for mass transport systems such as bus fleets and ferries.
Established in 1909, Leclanché has been a reliable partner for battery energy
storage solutions for over 100 years. Founded in the tradition of Georges
Leclanché, the inventor of the dry cell battery, Leclanché today has a rich
portfolio of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) that include bespoke battery
systems from industry leading lithium-ion solutions. Since 2006, the company
moved from a traditional battery producer to become one of the first developers,
manufacturers and provided of lithium-ion cells in Europe. Leclanché's BESS are
optimized for various applications, in particular for the integration of
renewable energy, diesel fuel reduction, electricity grid-connected ancillary
services, peak power shaving for heavy industries, as well as for heavy duty
transportation in buses, trams, trains or maritime vessels. Leclanché products
are characterized by a very high cycle stability (both for cells with titanate
and graphite anodes) and industry-leading long service life resulting into
reduced total cost of ownership. With its patented separator technology, which
is a core element of lithium-ion batteries, Leclanché is able to make cells with
very good safety characteristics, under a highly automated production process.
Leclanché operates a fully automated plant for the production of large format
lithium-ion cells at an annual maximum capacity of up to one million cells and
is capable of running multiple chemistries through production for different cell
characteristics. In addition, Leclanché offers a number of specialized battery
systems through its Portable Business Unit, such as customer-specific energy
storage systems for defence and medical applications. Leclanché also distributes
primary and secondary batteries and accessories of other producers.

Leclanché is listed on the Swiss stock exchange. SIX Swiss Exchange: ticker
symbol LECN | ISIN CH 011 030 311 9

Disclaimer
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements relating to
Leclanché's business, which can be identified by terminology such as
"strategic", "proposes", "to introduce", "will", "planned", "expected",
"commitment", "expects", "set", "preparing", "plans", "estimates", "aims",
"would", "potential", "awaiting", "estimated", "proposal", or similar
expressions, or by expressed or implied discussions regarding the ramp up of
Leclanché's production capacity, potential applications for existing products,
or regarding potential future revenues from any such products, or potential
future sales or earnings of Leclanché or any of its business units.
You should not place undue reliance on these statements. Such forward-looking
statements reflect the current views of Leclanché regarding future events, and
involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause
actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance
or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. There can be no
guarantee that Leclanché's products will achieve any particular revenue levels.
Nor can there be any guarantee that Leclanché, or any of the business units,
will achieve any particular financial results.

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Media contacts:
Worldwide, except U.S. and Canada:
Jacques Boppe / Florent Gaillard
Tel.: +41 (0) 24 424 65 00
E-Mail:communication@leclanche.com

U.S. and Canada:
Rick Anderson / Henry Feintuch / Bennie Sham
Tel.: +1 (718) 986-1596 / +1 (212) 808-4901 / +1 (212) 808-4904
E-Mail:leclanche@feintuchpr.com

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Language: English

Company:  Leclanché SA

          Av. des Sports 42

          1400  Yverdon-les-Bains

          Switzerland

Phone:    +41 (24) 424 65-00

Fax:      +41 (24) 424 65-20

E-mail:investors@leclanche.com

Internet: www.leclanche.com

ISIN:     CH0110303119, CH0016271550

Valor:    A1CUUB, 812950

Listed:   Foreign Exchange(s) SIX


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