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Panasonic Newsroom TOPPress ReleasePanasonic Announces the Transfer of the Automotive Nickel-hydride Battery Business to Hunan Corun New Energy

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Headquarters News

Feb 1, 2011

Panasonic Announces the Transfer of the Automotive Nickel-hydride
Battery Business to Hunan Corun New Energy

Osaka, Japan - Panasonic Corporation ("Panasonic") announced that it had executed a transfer agreement with respect to the automotive nickel-hydride battery business ("the Business"), currently undertaken at the internal divisional Energy Company's Shonan Plant, to Hunan Corun New Energy Co., Ltd. ("Hunan Corun New Energy") on January 31, 2011.

1. Reason for the Transfer

This transfer of the Business is a countermeasure aimed at addressing concerns raised by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China ("China's Ministry of Commerce") with regard to the continued competitive nature of the market following the consolidation of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. as a subsidiary of Panasonic. In connection with the execution of the transfer agreement, details of Hunan Corun New Energy, the scope of the business to be transferred, the agreement and related matters have been reviewed and approved in accordance with the requirements of China's Ministry of Commerce.

2. Transfer Method

Panasonic will transfer the relevant assets to Shonan Energy Co., Ltd. ("Shonan Energy"), a wholly-owned subsidiary. Thereafter, all shares of Shonan Energy will be transferred to Hunan Corun New Energy. The transfer is scheduled to be completed within three months of January 31, 2011, the date of the agreement.

3. Business to be Transferred

The related assets to be transferred shall comprise all manufacturing facilities, sales, research and development departments, and client resources relating to the automotive nickel-hydride battery business of the Energy Company's Shonan Plant. In addition, Panasonic will grant licenses allowing use of related intellectual property rights.

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.42 trillion yen (US$79.4 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2010. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at

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Overseas Public Relations Office
Panasonic Corporation
Tel: 03-6403-3040 Fax: 03-3436-6766
Panasonic News Bureau
Tel: 03-3542-6205 Fax: 03-3542-9018
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