German chemicals firm BASF and Toda Kogyo (TODA) are due to further expand their Japanese joint venture’s capacity for high nickel cathode active materials.
The firms will expand the high nickel cathode active materials (CAM) production at BASF TODA Battery Materials’ Japanese plant to 45GWh cell capacity per year.
Construction to add the the new capacity at the Onoda site will start in Q4 this year, with commercial production planned for the second half of 2024.
The joint venture aims to increase its annual capacity for high nickel cathode active materials (CAM) to 60,000 tons by 2025.
The BASF majority owned JV was formed in 2015 to focus on the research and development, production, marketing and sales for cathode materials for the automotive, consumer electronics, and stationary storage markets.
Shigeru Takaragi, president of Toda said: “With the further expansion of the Onoda site, we are supporting the Japanese government’s goal of strengthening the local supply chain.”