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Daramic doubles lead-acid battery separator production capacity at its India plant

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 13:48 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery separator firm Daramic is set to double the capacity of its polyethylene (PE) separator manufacturing plant in India— just four years after opening the facility.

Daramic, an Asahi Kasei Group company, is expanding capacity at the plant in Dahej, Gujarat to meet the evolving needs of the lead-acid battery industry.

The expansion will enable the company to meet the full demand of Indian customers, as well as helping the firm ease the global supply chain challenges. 

The expansion will open export possibilities to adjacent geographies for its lead-acid battery separators in automotive, industrial and specialty applications. 

Chad Schuchmann, president of Daramic, said: “We are delighted to expand the operating footprint of our state-of-the-art Dahej plant, which will be leveraged to enhance our output and market presence in India. 

“The new production lines enable us to further strengthen our offerings, keep pace with anticipated market demand, and support the growth of the lead-acid battery industry that is set to grow substantially in the coming years. 

“With the current tightening of the global supply chain, Daramic is positioned to meet demand of all major customers in India, with the ability to export to adjoining geographies if needed. 

“Our Dahej plant is equipped to develop separators for batteries that meet modern requirements and create separator solutions that drive innovative market opportunities.” 

India's exciting market

Ahila Krishnamoorthy, managing director, Daramic, said: “India continues to be a very exciting market for us as we have witnessed significant growth in the country. 

“Today, we see a very strong future for lead-acid batteries in India, largely for innovative automotive solutions, industrial applications, and a growing demand for enhanced energy solutions from smaller cities. 

“These factors are expected to drive the lead-acid battery market at a rapid pace in the coming decade. Our investment reaffirms our confidence in the country’s future and we are committed to cater to the country’s growing energy demands. We are creating optimal conditions to meet the increasing market demand and we are well poised to support India’s growth.”

Daramic was established over 90 years ago, and today makes PE separators as well as phenolic resin- based separators for automotive, industrial and specialty applications in the lead-acid battery industry. 

The company has eight strategically located manufacturing facilities in the US, France, Germany, India, China and Thailand. 

Daramic began its India operations in Bangalore in 2008.

In addition to the manufacturing and finishing facility, Daramic has an R&D center in Dahej and a finishing plant in Himachal Pradesh. 

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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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Daramic chief reveals French facility expansion

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:50 -- John Shepherd
Bryan Moorehead

US-based lead-acid separator company Daramic is expanding its facility in France, president Bryan Moorehead has revealed.

The move will “add at least 15% to our capabilities” in the country, Moorehead told BEST Battery Briefing on the sidelines of the 16th European Lead Battery Conference (ELBC) in Vienna.

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Daramic hails top honour for Li-battery pioneer

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:02 -- John Shepherd
Daramic hails top honour for Li-battery pioneer

The prestigious Japan Prize for science and technology has been awarded to Dr Akira Yoshino for his “significant contributions” to development of the lithium-ion battery, US-based separator firm Daramic has announced.

Dr Yoshino is a fellow of Japan’s Asahi Kasei, of which Daramic is a subsidiary.

 

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Daramic opens PE battery separator plant in India

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:27 -- Xuan Zhong
Daramic opens PE battery separator plant in India

Global manufacturer Daramic has opened the first major manufacturing facility for high-performance polyethylene (PE) battery separators for lead-acid batteries in India.

After the opening of the new facility in Gujarat, company president Bryan Moorehead said, “We have a long-term commitment to India and South Asia and recognise that there is strong demand for batteries and battery separator in this region.

 

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Separator firm opens PE manufacturing facility in India

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 12:53 -- Xuan Zhong
Separator firm opens PE manufacturing facility in India

US-based lead-acid separator firm company Daramic is to open its first end-to-end polyethylene (PE) manufacturing facility in India.

The company has completed the first phase of the new facility in Gujarat, India, with plans to start manufacturing at the plant in Q2 of 2017.

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