July 11, 2019: Hammond Group, Inc, the international battery additives and specialist chemical company, has appointed Ray Goodearl as global sales director, the company announced on July 1.
Goodearl has more than 30 years’ experience in the battery industry, having worked as vice president of sales and marketing at Superior Battery, the US company that makes a range of lead batteries and other products such as cables and terminals.
He joined North Star Battery as director of national accounts in December 2014 and worked briefly as director of aftermarket, transportation, before going to Hammond.
“Hammond is a partner of the largest battery manufacturers around the world,” he said. “We are able to provide performance additives and premium components that enable them to increase battery cycle life and maybe even lower the cost of production.
“I will be getting the word out and continuing to support our key partners as well as talk to a large portion of battery manufacturers in China. My focus is on working with Hammond to leverage my experience and relationships with many people globally to take our solutions forward.”
In recent years Hammond has been at the cutting edge of developing additives such as expanders, which greatly enhance the cycle life, charge acceptance and partial state of charge cycling of lead batteries.
The firm says that its products are moving ever closer to being able to compete directly with lithium batteries in terms of performance.
Another of its products, for example, known as SureCure, is added to a battery’s positive active material, where it promotes uniform tetrabasic lead sulfate crystal growth during paste mixing and plate curing.
This results in stronger positive plates, improved plate-to-plate consistency, longer cycle life, and a typical 5% reduction in active material.