Australian graphite producer Magnis Resources has inked a deal with lithium-ion separator firm Celgard for the supply of advanced separators to battery plants being built by Magnis and its development partners.
Magnis said the agreement covers battery plant projects in which it has a stake including those in New York, Australia and Germany.
Under the terms of the deal, a minimum of 70% of the separators used by Magnis’ plants are to be provided by Celgard.
Magnis’ chairman Frank Poullas said the move had been spurred by the company’s decision to “fast track” plans for a new lithium venture in which it is an investor in New York State.
Poullas said: “Celgard is a global leader in separator technologies with large-scale production capabilities in the United States. This fits right at the core of Magnis’ vision to create an ex-Asia supply chain in the production of quality products for our Gigafactory customers.”
Celgard is a wholly-owned subsidiary of lithium-ion and lead-acid battery separator firm Polypore International— that was sold to Japan’s Asahi Kasei in 2015.
BBB reported earlier this month that Magnis would hold a 45% stake in a new company, Listrom, that is building a 30GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia.