“We have been blessed with quite a bit of interest. [December's] announcement, though, is about HP and how thrilled we are to go to market with the No. 1 PC vendor in the world.”
-Christine Lampe-Onnerud, Boston-Power(Founder)-
The announcement referred to by Christine Lampe-Onnerud of Boston Power was in regards to the recent partnership forged with computer giant Hewlett Packard. HP will be rebranding the innovative Sonata battery, a product of Boston-Power, as a more efficient, more environmentally friendly power option for many of their lap-tops. With such a high demand coming about for the Sonata, Lampe-Onnerud recently named Hong Kong-based GP Batteries as a “strategic partner” in order to expand production of it’s Sonata rechargeable batteries.
The deal between Boston-Power and GP Batteries is a five-year deal. The financial and production terms have yet to be specified, but with the HP’s plans to make the Sonata available in their notebooks sometime in the first quarter of this year, as well as the ultra-high demand for the Sonata coming from other lap-top makers, this is likely a rather lucrative deal for GP Batteries.
As noted, Boston-Power’s partnership with Hewlett Packard is not exclusive. Other PC makers have spoken with Lampe-Onnerud regarding similar partnerships, and Boston-Power’s partnership with GP Batteries would facilitate just that. Right now, Boston-Power is able to produce about 300,000 batteries per month. However they have come out and stated they are aiming to reach “multiple millions per month” production in the near future.
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