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Asahi Kasei will increase production capacity for Celgard™ and Hipore™ Li-ion battery (LIB) separator*

Asahi Kasei will increase production capacity for Celgard™ and Hipore™ Li-ion battery (LIB) separator*

Dry process Celgard™ LIB separator (Source: @Asahi Kasei)

Asahi Kasei will increase production capacity for Celgard™ and Hipore™ Li-ion battery (LIB) separator* at its plants in North Carolina, United States, and Shiga, Japan, respectively

Düsseldorf, January 22, 2018 – With increasing demand for electric-drive vehicles worldwide, the LIB market is forecasted to grow substantially in automotive applications. Asahi Kasei holds a world-leading position as an LIB separator manufacturer, supplying both dry-process and wet-process separators with its Celgard™ and Hipore™ products.

Dry-process manufacturing plants are located in the United States (North Carolina) while wet-process manufacturing plants are located in Japan (Moriyama, Shiga, and Hyuga, Miyazaki) and Korea (Chungbuk). The expansions announced today are part of a proactive expansion of the LIB separator business, in line with the company“s plans to raise total capacity to 1,100 million m2/year by 2020 as announced in May 2016.

Outline of the new capacity expansions:

Dry process

Location:North Carolina, the US
Product:Celgard™ LIB separator
Capacity:90 million m2/year
Start-up:Second half of fiscal 2018 (scheduled)

Wet process

Location:Moriyama, Shiga, Japan
Product:Hipore™ LIB separator
Capacity:150 million m2/year
Start-up:First half of fiscal 2020 (scheduled)

Total investment for both wet and dry process expansions will be approximately 55 Million EUR (7.5 billion).

When completed, the above expansions will raise Asahi Kasei“s total LIB separator capacity to 1,100 million m2/year, with dry-process capacity increasing to 400 million m2/year and wet-process capacity increasing to 700 million m2/year. The company will continue to further reinforce its capability to provide stable supply to meet rising global demand for LIB separators in accordance with customer needs.

„Asahi Kasei provides both dry-process and wet-process separators for lithium-ion batteries. The demand for automotive lithium-ion batteries is expected to increase significantly in the coming years. We therefore decided to increase the production capacities for both dry-process and wet-process separators and will continue to react to the changing market demands“, Shigeki Takayama, President of Asahi Kasei“s Separators Strategic Business Unit (SBU) said.

* A thin microporous film of polyolefin placed between the cathode and anode of lithium-ion batteries. It prevents contact between the electrodes which would cause a short, while allowing lithium ions to pass between the electrodes.

About the Asahi Kasei Corporation
The Asahi Kasei Corporation is a globally active technology group that works in the three business areas of Material, Homes and Health Care. Material includes fibres & textiles, petrochemicals, high-performance polymers, high-performance plastics, consumer products, battery separators and electronics. Homes offers construction material to finished houses on the Japanese market. The area Health Care includes pharmaceuticals, medical technology, as well as devices and systems for acute and intensive medicine. With about 34,000 employees across the world, the Asahi Kasei Group supports customers in more than 100 countries.

„Creating for Tomorrow“. With this slogan, the Asahi Kasei Group refers to the common mission of all its companies, to help people across the world towards a better life and living with sustainable products and technologies. You can find further information at


The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business sectors. Asahi Kasei distributes its innovative technologies and unique materials on markets worldwide.
With more than 30,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world.

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Serial fuel cell and battery production: cutting costs and boosting demand

Serial fuel cell and battery production: cutting costs and boosting demand

Looking back: Panel discussion at a previous conference

Fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries – indispensable prerequisites for future electro-mobility and a new, sustainable energy economy. Experts in these fields will be meeting at the f-cell and Battery+Storage conferences and trade fairs at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Grounds from 8 to 10 October 2012. One topic on the agenda is cost reduction in system production.

Stuttgart (eos) – Battery and fuel cell technologies are key components of a sustainable future energy economy. They have long since proven their suitability for practical application. The f-cell and Battery+Storage conferences will focus on fuel cell systems for use in automobiles, household energy supply and power plants and on lithium-ion batteries for vehicles and as stationary energy storage media. Fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries are still considerably more expensive than conventional technologies in these fields of application, however. And that puts a damper on demand. How can components and complete systems be produced more economically in future? That is one of the questions to be addressed by speakers at the f-cell and Battery+Storage conferences in Stuttgart from 8 to 10 October. The international conferences featuring 120 presentations in 19 thematic sessions will be accompanied by parallel f-cell and Battery+Storage trade fairs at the ICS International Conference Centre at the Messe Stuttgart. The e-mobil BW TECHNOLOGIETAG will round out the combined event on 10 October with a presentation of future mobility solutions and focal points of energy policy in Baden-Württemberg.

Solving the „chicken-or-the-egg“ dilemma
„Fuel cells are still produced essentially by hand,“ explains Professor Dr. Angelika Heinzel from the Zentrum für Brennstoffzellentechnik (Fuel Cell Research Centre, ZBT) at the University of Duisburg-Essen with reference to the current status of fuel cell production. The ZBT will be moderating an f-cell forum on production and automation technology. „At the moment, automation is found primarily in component production.“ Yet the technology has reached a level of maturity that is sufficient for serial production,“ says Edgar Lederer of Fix Maschinenbau, who will also be speaking at the f-cell conference. Due to the high prices, the demand for fuel cells is still so limited, he adds, that the production systems capable of reducing costs cannot be financed. It is the old „chicken-or-the-egg“ problem that plagues battery manufacturers as well. „We aim to break out of this vicious circle with the help of resources made available within the framework of the National Electro-mobility Platform,“ notes Dr. Rudolf Simon of M+W Germany, a factory planning and construction firm. „The market will grow,“ he adds with confidence. „It is only a matter of time before the break-even point is reached and the rising fuel-price and falling e-mobility-price curves intersect.“

The need for cooperation
The problem of funding serial production is not the only hurdle, however. Developers also have their hands full improving the durability of the requisite technologies, finding substitutes for expensive materials and optimizing the design of components for serial production. „We will have to sit down with designers and suppliers and work out solutions for a number of specific problems,“ says Edgar Lederer. Dr. Sarah Michaelis of VDMA (German Engineering Federation), who will also be speaking at the Battery+Storage conference, believes that machine and systems manufacturers will play a key role in reducing the costs of battery production. „Companies should join together in order to offer complete battery production systems in the market. And the time has also come for producers and mechanical engineers to engage in dialogue devoted to the further development of suitable systems,“ Dr. Michaelis adds.

f-cell and Battery+Storage as platforms for dialogue
The f-cell and Battery+Storage conferences and trade fairs will provide an ideal platform for this dialogue. „The combined presentation of the f-cell industry forum, which has enjoyed international recognition for twelve years, and Battery+Storage enables us to take a closer look at complete systems for the energy economy and respond more effectively to the fact that many companies are involved in both fields of technology,“ explains Peter Sauber, Managing Director of Peter Sauber Agentur Messen und Kongresse GmbH, which is organizing the f-cell in cooperation with the Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart GmbH (WRS) and collaborating with Messe Stuttgart GmbH as organizer of the Battery+Storage trade fair. The alliance also includes e-mobil BW GmbH, which is hosting the e-mobil BW TECHNOLOGIETAG.

Further information
Further information as well as the f-cell and Battery+Storage conference programmes are available at http://www.f-cell.de/englisch/home/. Information about Battery+Storage trade fair and the e-mobil BW TECHNOLOGIETAG can be found at www.battery-storage.de and www.e-mobilbw.de, respectively. Points of contact for all three events are listed at http://www.f-cell.de/englisch/service/contact/

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