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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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Toray and LG Chem to form lithium-ion battery separator firm in Hungary

Thu, 11/11/2021 - 10:38 -- Paul Crompton

Korean firms Toray Industries and LG Chem have concluded a joint venture agreement to create a lithium-ion battery separator firm in Hungary.

The agreement sets out plans to establish LG Toray Hungary Battery Separator Kft. (LTHS), in which Toray and LG Chem will each hold a 50% interest. 

Under this arrangement, LG Chem will invest $375 million (around ¥43 billion) in Toray Industries Hungary (THU), a 100% subsidiary of Toray engaged in the manufacture and sales of battery separator film.

The deal is due to be finalised next year, subject to fulfilling regulatory requirements.

The new joint venture will use existing THU facilities to manufacture battery separator film for automotive lithium-ion batteries for sale to LG Group in Europe and the US.

To cater to projected demand growth, Toray and LG Chem have agreed to expand film substrate production facilities and install new coating facilities at the existing THU location. 

Toray has agreed to sell 20% of its stake in LTHS to LG Chem two and a half years after launching the joint venture. LG Chem would then manage joint venture operations. 

LTHS will license from LG Chem and Toray the technologies necessary to produce separators for LG Group lithium-ion batteries. 

The joint venture should also secure stable customers and expand operations by drawing on the LG Group’s business model, which vertically integrates everything from battery materials through battery production. 

The Toray Group will continue to develop, manufacture, and supply battery separator film and coating in Japan and Korea to meet customer needs.

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SK IE Technology readies its EU lithium-ion battery separator plant for production

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 15:21 -- Paul Crompton

Korean materials firm SK IE Innovation has held an opening ceremony for its lithium-ion battery separator plant in Poland, the company's first European production base.

The company, the material business subsidiary of SK Innovation, held the ceremony to mark the start of commercial production after 21 months of construction, which saw mechanical completion in June and test operation in August.

The plant will have an annual production capacity of 340 million/m2.

CEO and president of SK IE Technology, Rho Jae-sok, said: "The operation of the first European plant has positioned the company as the first battery separator producer in Europe. We will take a significant part in revitalizing the global electric vehicle market."

The company’s first plant in Poland is expected to kick off commercial operation in the fourth quarter of this year.

The products will be supplied to global battery companies such as SK On.

SK IE Technology (SKIET) plans to invest a total of KRW2 trillion ($16.7 million) in Silesia Province by 2024 to ensure production capacity of 1,540 million/m2 of lithium-ion battery separators.

A second plant with a 340 million/m2 production capacity is under construction and is scheduled to be ready for commercial operation by 2023. 

Last July ground was broken on third and fourth plants with respective 430 million/m2 capacity. 

It is anticipated that the global production capacity of SKIET encompassing South Korea, China, and Europe will reach a total of 2,730 million/m2.

According to research agency IHS Market, the European battery industry will be expanded by five times from 82GWh this year to about 410GWh in 2026. The demand for separators will likely follow suit.

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Battery separator firm Entek build new facility as it continues expansion plans

Wed, 10/13/2021 - 15:45 -- Paul Crompton

Entek Manufacturing has opened a new US manufacturing and engineering facility as part of the lead-acid and lithium-ion separator firm’s expansion.

The 98,000 square foot building in Henderson, Nevada, will be home to the wear parts production, fabrication and assembly, and engineering sectors of the business.

The expansion is to “better meet the needs of customers’ growing businesses”.

Kimberly Medford, the company’s president, said Entek was investing more than $10 million in new equipment for the Nevada facility and would begin interviewing and hiring new staff immediately.  

Entek chose Nevada for the new facility because it is a growing area of the country with a strong labour market.

Medford said: “We used an outside firm to do a multi-city survey, and the greater Las Vegas metro area came out first when it came to the availability of skilled labour such as machinists and engineers.

“It’s a good location for us, and not far from our headquarters in Oregon.” 

Last month, Entek International completed the acquisition of the majority stake of Japanese Nippon Sheet Glass’ (NSG) lead-acid battery separator business.

Read more about the deal and Entek’s expansion goals in the latest edition of BEST HERE

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Entek completes NSG deal to open door to offer PE, AGM and lithium-in battery separators

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 15:40 -- Paul Crompton

Battery separator company Entek International completed the acquisition of a Japanese lead-acid battery separator firm.

Entek finalised the purchase of the majority stake in Nippon Sheet Glass’ (NSG) lead-acid battery separator business on 1 September.

The deal was first announced in May when both companies executed the relevant agreements and had to await approval by the laws and regulations in the relevant jurisdictions, including NSG’ home country Japan.

Larry Keith, CEO of Entek International, said the acquisition was an “important milestone” in the growth and evolution of the company’s global business.

The combination of manufacturing footprints and product portfolios will enable Entek to support customers around the world and produce all three primary separator technologies­­— polyethylene (PE) separator and absorbent glass mat (AGM), and lithium-ion separators— for the global energy storage industry.  

The transaction included all NSG's lead-battery separator manufacturing facilities in Japan and China for both AGM and PE

The investment provides Entek with the capacity and expanded product offerings to meet broader customer demands as well as enabling entry into new markets.

The acquisition is one of many strategic initiatives underway by the US firm, others include the expansion of the Indonesian manufacturing site, investment in specialty films at the Oregon campus, expansion of its equipment division and collaboration and investment at the Britishvolt gigafactory site in the UK.

You can read more about the deal in the latest edition of BEST magazine, available here

 
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Entek expands global lead-acid and lithium battery separator reach with NSG buy-out

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 08:24 -- Paul Crompton
Entek expands global lead-acid and lithium battery separator reach with NSG buy-out

Battery separator firm Entek has signed a deal to acquire the majority stake in Nippon Sheet Glass’ (NSG) lead-acid battery separator business.

The buy-out combines US firm Entek’s core know-how in material science, equipment engineering and design, along with capital, to fund future growth with NSG Group’s leadership and customer focus.

Both companies have executed the relevant agreements and plan to complete the deal in August 2021— subject to laws and regulations in the relevant jurisdictions, including NSG’ home country Japan.

NSG will hold a minority stake in— although actual percentages are not being disclosed— and appoint a director to the board of the battery separator business (BSS).

The new BSS company will own all battery separator manufacturing facilities in Japan and China for both polyethylene (PE) separator and absorbent glass mat (AGM).  

The acquisition gives Entek more than 400 million square metres of aggregate PE separator production capacity (from its sites in the US, UK, Indonesia and Japan) to support its lead-acid battery market.

That figure does not include AGM capacity (Japan and China) or the firm’s lithium separator capacity in the US, the company’s VP of global sales, Clint Beutelschies, told BEST.

The deal was made when NSG decided the best option for the BSS business was for it to be integrated with, and managed by, Entek so that it could “develop further and enhance its value for its customers”.

NSG has supplied battery separators for lead-acid batteries mainly in Asia, including manufacturing footprints in China and a strong market position in Japan.

The firms are joint venture partners in the Entek NSG Separindo PE manufacturing plant in Indonesia, on which they broke ground in 2019.

In 2019, Entek announced plans to double the capacity of the Indonesian plant to 90 million square metres by the close of this year.

 
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Microporous triples lead-acid battery separator capacity with state-of-the-art production line

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 12:41 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery separator firm Microporous has opened a ‘state-of-the-art’ production line that triples its polyethylene (PE) separator capacity in the US.

Commissioned in March, the advanced lead-acid battery separator manufacturing facility include innovative features and the latest technologies available in the industry

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Asahi Kasai wins lithium-ion patent case against two Chinese firms

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 15:12 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese firm Asahi Kasei has won a two-year lithium-ion separator patent infringement case against firms Shenzhen Xu Ran (旭冉) Electronic and Shenzhen Xu Ran (旭然) Electronic.

Asahi filed a patent infringement lawsuit based on the Chinese patent of separator for lithium-ion secondary battery (Patent No.: ZL200680046997. 8) with the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court in August, 2018.

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Is Treofan holding key to lithium cells safety?

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:05 -- Xuan Zhong
Is Treofan holding key to lithium cells safety?

German Battery separator company Treofan is developing a “thermally stable separator film” for lithium-ion battery cells as part of a government-funded research project.

Treofan said it aims to develop a temperature-stable lithium-ion battery for all mobile and stationary applications through its work with partners in the EUR2 million ($2.3m) HiT-Cell (High-Temperature Cell) project.

 

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Germans penetrate lithium separator market

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 11:01 -- Xuan Zhong
Germans penetrate lithium separator market

Treofan, the upcoming German Battery separator company has won its first major supply contract for its TreoPore microporous separator film.

The customer is an unnamed Chinese manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries make for electric buses.

The contract marks the first large-scale entry of a European separator manufacturer into this market, which has been dominated by Japanese producers.

 

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