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Power Week: Duracell Buyout Tied to Wireless Power, EVs?

11/20/2014 12:50 PM EST
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Kinnar
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May be it will improve the brand value as well
Kinnar   11/27/2014 4:26:43 AM
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The group of industries who purchased Duracell is a well know group, it may also happen that Duracell had increased brand value and expansions in operations and research to serve the growing demands on the batteries. 

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Re: Idle speculation
LarryM99   11/25/2014 1:50:09 PM
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It is quite possible (in fact, almost certain) that there is more to the story going on behind the scenes. I was not aware that Berkshire Hathaway had an investment in a Chinese electric car facility, but maybe Buffet can use that or some other synergy to increase the value of Duracell.

If Gates did influence Buffet to invest in IBM that has to be the ultimate irony. Granted, IBM today is much different than the big-iron hardware company that Microsoft took advantage of back in the day.

Larry M.

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Just don't try to charge
DrFPGA   11/23/2014 10:41:52 AM
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Your phone in your coffee cup

DrFPGA
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Maybe powermat will
DrFPGA   11/23/2014 10:40:51 AM
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Be able to keep your coffee warm too...

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Re: Idle speculation
rich.pell   11/21/2014 8:55:45 PM
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"It seems a bit of a reach to me to expect Warren Buffet to spur technical advances at Duracell."

Berkshire has the money to support more investment in these areas if desired.  And Berkshire does have an investment in an electric vehicle company in China (BYD), so the idea doesn't really seem that far fetched.

"...maybe Bill Gates is making him more technologically adventurous these days. :-)"

Buffet did initiate an investment in tech giant IBM a couple of years ago, which raised a few eyebrows, so you could be right.

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krisi   11/21/2014 6:41:08 PM
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I agree with Larry...I don't see Buffet to contribute anything technological here...his stranegths are in operational efficiencies

LarryM99
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Idle speculation
LarryM99   11/21/2014 6:23:33 PM
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It seems a bit of a reach to me to expect Warren Buffet to spur technical advances at Duracell. He has a well-deserved reputation for improving the operational efficiency of companies, but I can't think of any examples offhand where he took a commodity product and made it more complex. I think that he tends to go in the other direction.

On the other hand, maybe Bill Gates is making him more technologically adventurous these days. :-)

Larry M.

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