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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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SK Innovation building Polish battery plant

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 10:42 -- Hugh Finzel

SK Innovation is to start work on a factory in Poland to manufacture lithium-ion battery separators (LiBS) and ceramic coated separators (CCS) for electric vehicle batteries in Europe.

The South Korean group will break ground on the plant site in Województwo Śląskie in southern Poland in the third quarter of 2019— and expects to begin mass production in the third quarter of 2021.

SK Innovation intends to invest €335 million (US$378m) to realise four LiBS production units and three CCS production units on the 270,000 square metre site.

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Mercedes adds batteries to investments in Poland

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Mercedes-Benz is to build a new battery factory in Jawor, Poland, creating 300 jobs and expanding the global battery production network of Mercedes to nine factories across three continents.

The announcement follows up on the German automotive manufacturer’s electric initiative, under which the company will “electrify the complete portfolio until 2022”.

Mercedes is currently building a “state-of-the-art engine factory” at the site in Jawor, 100 kilometres from the German border. This plant “will produce four cylinder engines for hybrid and conventionally driven vehicles” and will be the first production site of Mercedes cars in Poland.

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LG Chem ‘plans second Poland battery plant’

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
LG Chem groundbreaking ceremony in Poland

South Korea’s LG Chem is reportedly set to build a second lithium-ion batteries production plant in Poland as orders outstrip the capacity of its existing facility in the country.

The move comes just a year after production of batteries for electric vehicles started at the group’s existing Kobierzyce production facility in southwestern Poland, with a capacity of around 100,000 batteries annually.

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Northvolt plans Poland battery plant to target European market

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Northvolt energy storage system

Swedish lithium-ion start-up Northvolt has announced plans for a new battery production facility in Gdansk, Poland.

The facility will produce full battery systems— containing battery cells, an electronic control system, and often a cooling and heating system— using cells manufactured at Northvolt’s factory in Sweden, where production is scheduled to start toward the end of 2020.

Northvolt said the new plant, which will include an R&D centre, would be operated in partnership with California-based precision semiconductor manufacturer South Bay Solutions.

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BYD initiates energy storage in Poland

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Chinese batteries and automotive manufacturer, BYD, has started operating its first energy storage project in the Polish market— a system that it was “actively invited” to supply.

The 1.26 megawatt / 2.52 megawatt-hour lithium-ion system, operated in partnership with Polish firm ML Systems, will be coupled with a 1MW solar PV power plant— also produced and sold by Shenzhen-based BYD— to enable peak shaving and to create a more balanced network.

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BMZ steps up battery expansion

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
An artist's impression of the developments at Karlstein

The BMZ group has announced a €120 million (US$141.2m) investment to expand battery systems production at its Karlstein am Main headquarters in Bavaria.

The decision will yield a 3,000sq.m production area, 80 new workstations, and a 20m logistics centre with 12,000 pallet spaces.  “As early as 2019, the new building alone will create another 300 jobs at the Karlstein plant,” said BMZ CEO Sven Bauer.

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Capchem joins Asia’s battery march on EU with Poland plant

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 08:12 -- John Shepherd
Artist's impression of Capchem Poland. Image: Capchem

Chinese lithium-ion group Capchem is set to become the latest Asian battery manufacturer to expand operations to Poland— building a low-cost European base to supply the lucrative electric-vehicle market.

Shenzhen-based Capchem, which produces lithium batteries, capacitor chemicals and semiconductors, has been given the green light to build a battery materials production facility on an 81,000 square metre site.

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Umicore selects Poland for cathode material plant

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 09:32 -- John Shepherd
Umicore selects Poland for cathode material plant

Belgium-based materials technology giant Umicore is to build a cathode materials production plant in Poland.

Umicore said it would invest EUR660 million ($781m) in launching the first phase of the plant at Nysa, in the southwest of the country, which is expected to start up in late 2020.

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Poland agrees ‘record’ grant for LG Chem battery project

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:19 -- John Shepherd
Poland agrees ‘record’ grant for LG Chem battery project

Poland is to ‘sweeten’ a deal with South Korea’s LG Chem to build a major batteries production plant in the country for electric vehicles— with a grant reportedly worth more than $70 million, BBB can reveal.

A spokesperson for Poland’s entrepreneurship and technology ministry told BBB a contract for the grant would be signed soon, but declined to say whether the cash had been part of the agreement, announced in 2016, for LG Chem to set up the plant.

 

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