A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to expand a UK battery separator manufacturing supply chain has been signed between UK lithium-ion gigafactory developer Britishvolt and battery separator firm Entek.
Firming their ongoing collaboration, the MoU sets out a roadmap to use Entek’s separators in Britishvolt’s batteries with the goal of creating a scalable production of lithium battery separators in the UK.
The MoU also sets out potential investment in facilities at Entek’s battery separator plant in Newcastle-upon-tyne and a co-located facility within Britishvolt’s Blyth campus in the UK.
The deal is the foundation for a long-term separator supply agreement that will allow Entek to invest in the UK’s first lithium battery separator plant.
Larry Keith, Entek CEO said: “We are delighted to have been selected as Britishvolt’s preferred lithium-ion battery separator partner and eager to align our objectives and investments with their transformational plans to build a 30+ gigawatt hour factory in the UK”.
Britishvolt is delighted to be entering into this non-binding agreement with ENTEK to supply lithium-ion battery separators.
Colocation at Britishvolt’s site aims to reduce the length of the supply chain and the carbon footprint of battery production.
Entek has a long history of investing in its UK operations and is a natural partner for Britishvolt as it establishes itself as the premier Lithium battery manufacturer in the UK. Together, ENTEK and Britishvolt are committed to the future of electrification of vehicles with products made domestically.
Earlier this year, Battery separator firm Entek signed a deal to acquire the majority stake in Nippon Sheet Glass‘ (NSG) lead-acid battery separator business.
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