BASF opens battery material production plant in Ohio, US

BASF opens battery material production plant in Ohio, US

7:33 AM, 15th November 2012
BASF opens battery material production plant in Ohio, US
Frank Bozich, President, Catalysts division, BASF.

NEW JERSEY, US: BASF opened its new cathode materials production plant in Elyria, Ohio. The materials manufactured at the Elyria plant will be used by BASF’s customers to produce advanced lithium-ion batteries that will propel current and next-generation hybrid and full electric vehicles, helping drive the future of electromobility in North America and around the globe.

Construction of the new cathode materials plant required an investment of more than $50 million, which was supported by a $24.6 million grant from the US Department of Energy. In addition, BASF was selected as one of only two licensed suppliers of Argonne National Laboratory patented Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (NCM) cathode materials, which employ a unique combination of lithium and manganese-rich mixed metal oxides.

The new four-story, 70,000 square foot cathode materials plant in Elyria leverages state-of-the-art production technologies, and is expected to create approximately 25 new jobs in Elyria. The operation in Elyria is supported by BASF battery materials research laboratories in nearby Beachwood, Ohio, and at the company’s headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

“The new commercial-scale production plant highlights the strong alliance BASF has established with the US Department of Energy and the state of Ohio to deliver advanced battery materials that can provide higher energy density and greater power. We understand that chemical innovations will be vital to making electromobility more sustainable, affordable and ubiquitous in the years ahead, and we are proud of our role in driving this progress,” said Frank Bozich, President, Catalysts division, BASF.

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