Lead and lithium-ion battery separators firm Entek International has broken ground on its Indonesian plant as the company and partner NSG expands capacity of battery separator production in the region.
Entek-NSG, a joint venture with the Japan-based AGM and PE seperator material supplier NSG, began construction with a ribbon cutting and traditional prayer ceremony.
The firms aim to double output capacity by 2021 to more than 90 million square metres at the plant, with commissioning of the new line scheduled for Q1 of 2021.
Following an address by Entek’s CEO Larry Keith, a traditional mountain rice-cutting ceremony started, with Keith making the symbolic first cut.
Cleric and Entek employee Mr. Budianto officiated the prayer ceremony and moment of silence to allow the participants to recite the al-fatiha to wish blessings on the construction of the new building and line.
Keith, Joe Gird (Entek’s US director of maintenance), and Byongin Choi (project leader) performed the ribbon cutting and officially opened the construction site at the start of October.
The building will be constructed at the same time the production equipment is being built and assembled by Entek’s own machinery division in the US.