Celgard LLC, a unit of Polypore International Inc., is awarded an 18-month, $2.3 million contract by the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium and Department of Energy for the development of lithium-ion-battery separator technology. The company says it will focus on improving the high-temperature melt integrity and abuse tolerance of Li-ion battery packs for use in next-generation hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Lear Corp. says it will dissolve a joint venture with Toyota Boshoku ...

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