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Microporous’ C-level recruit to navigate growth in lead battery separator market

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 14:08 -- Paul Crompton
Brad Reed

US firm Microporous has hired Brad Reed as director of corporate development to oversee growth in new products and markets for its lead-acid battery separators.

Reed has experience with microporous membranes, including executive vice president and general manager of lithium-ion battery separators firm Celgard, a subsidiary of Polypore International.

In his new role, Reed will be accountable for identifying, developing and coordinating, new markets, new applications, possibly new products, M&A opportunities or joint venture growth opportunities for Microporous.  

A company spokesman told BEST Battery Briefing: “The role is focused on the development and implementation of strategic growth initiatives and projects critical to corporate success.”

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Entek to double capacity of Indonesian separator plant

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 14:47 -- Paul Crompton
Entek to double capacity of Indonesian lead-acid battery separator plant

Battery separators firm Entek International has announced plans to double capacity in its Indonesian plant in 2021 to more than 90 million square metres.

The supplier of lead battery separators to the American and European markets is set to break ground on the new building later this month, which once built will have the capability to house multiple lines.

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SK Innovation building Polish battery plant

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 10:42 -- Hugh Finzel

SK Innovation is to start work on a factory in Poland to manufacture lithium-ion battery separators (LiBS) and ceramic coated separators (CCS) for electric vehicle batteries in Europe.

The South Korean group will break ground on the plant site in Województwo Śląskie in southern Poland in the third quarter of 2019— and expects to begin mass production in the third quarter of 2021.

SK Innovation intends to invest €335 million (US$378m) to realise four LiBS production units and three CCS production units on the 270,000 square metre site.

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Asahi Kasei to expand LIB separator manufacturing

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:22 -- Hugh Finzel
Asahi Kasei Hipore Li-ion battery separators

Japanese tech group Asahi Kasei will invest 30 billion yen (US$271 million) to expand its manufacturing capacity for lithium-ion battery separators, in response to “booming global demand in the battery market”.

Asahi Kasei will use the funds to increase production capacity by an additional 450 million square metres a year, taking the total capacity to 1.55 billion sq m, well beyond its target— stated in January 2018— of 1.1bn sq m by 2020.

The current 450m sq m expansion is scheduled for completion in mid 2021 across two factory sites— Moriyama in Japan and North Carolina in the US.

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Daramic expands production at sites in Asia

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

US-based lead-acid separator manufacturer Daramic has announced the opening of new polyethylene battery separator production lines in China and Thailand, to “support the growing demand” of customers primarily in Asia.

The introduction of one additional manufacturing line in Tianjin, China will double the company’s capacity at the location, while the new manufacturing line in Prachinburi, Thailand will increase capacity at the location by 20%.

As well as meeting Asian demand, the expansions will enable Daramic to balance operations globally in order to supply customers regionally, meaning that capacity that was previously “utilised to meet Asia demand can now be diverted to support customers in other global regions”.

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Japan firm expanding lithium-ion separator output to meet EV demand

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 14:07 -- Paul Crompton
Japan firm expanding lithium-ion separator output to meet EV demand

Japanese firm Ube Industries is expanding its production capacity for lithium-ion battery separators to 300 million square meters by around 2020.

Expansion plans come as the company builds new production facilities for separators at its Sakai Factory, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.

Ube Industries expansion plans comes as it looks to meet growing demand for lithium-ion batteries for the automotive market.

Once the initial expansion project is completed in April 2018 the company’s Ube Chemical Factory and Sakai Factory will have a combined production capacity of 250 million square meters annually.

Ube Industries began manufacturing separators at the Ube Chemical Factory in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, in 1994. The Company began production of separators at Sakai Factory in 2013.

In 2011, Ube Industries and Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. established Ube Maxell Co., Ltd., as a joint venture to manufacture high-performance coated separator films. 

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Dreamweaver teams up with Nano-Nouvelle for electrode materials

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:09 -- Laura Varriale
Geoff Edwards from Nano-Nouvelle

US lithium separator maker Dreamweaver International (Dreamweaver) has partnered with Australia’s materials developer Nano-Nouvelle for the development of electrode materials.

The collaboration is aimed to support Nano-Nouvelles’ range of electrodes for advanced battery systems.

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LG Chem and SK Innovation drop lawsuit

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 09:36 -- Laura Varriale
LG Chem and SK Innovation reach agreement

EV battery producers LG Chem and SK Innovation have withdrawn their patent lawsuit in the US and South Korea about inorganic material-coated separators.

The two companies agreed to not file any lawsuits over patents or seek damages for the next 10 years in Korea or overseas and cooperate in the electric vehicle battery business.

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Hollingsworth & Vose acquires Raman FibreScience

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:28 -- Laura Varriale
Raman FibreScience facility in India

Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V), a battery separator manufacturer, has acquired Indian filtration media and battery separator maker Raman FibreScience (Raman) with immediate effect.

Raman manufactures a range of battery separators for flooded lead-acid batteries. According to the Mysore-headquartered company, the battery separators are suitable for use in automotive, standby power, industrial tubular and traction batteries. Raman has an international customer base.

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Entek invests $17m in next generation lead-acid separators

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:14 -- Ruth Williams

Battery separator manufacturer Entek is investing £10m ($17m) to develop its next generation lead-acid separator materials for automotive batteries at its UK manufacturing plant.

The company is keeping the new separator, which will be formally unveiled at the 14th European Lead Battery Conference in Edinburgh this September, under wraps. The first phase of the investment includes £2.5m of new machinery installed at its site near the city of Newcastle, with more to follow in the coming 18 months.

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