Battery Materials BASF Becomes Battery Giant – Opens Battery Materials Production in the US

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BASF's rise to becoming a global battery giant takes the next step: The world's biggest chemical company opens its first manufacturing facility dedicated to commercial-scale production of advanced cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries in Elyria/Ohio, USA...

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Chemical lab technician Christian Saffert tests the discharge capacity of various lithium ion test batteries using a multi-channel test system
Chemical lab technician Christian Saffert tests the discharge capacity of various lithium ion test batteries using a multi-channel test system
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Iselin, New Jersey – BASF today celebrated the grand opening of 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 – Batteries that can be used to propel current and next-generation hybrid and full electric vehicles, helping drive the future of electromobility in North America and around the globe.

Investment of 50 Million Dollar in Battery Materials Production

Construction of the new cathode materials plant required an investment of more than US $ 50 million, which was supported by a US $ 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.

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The materials being produced in Elyria leverage this advanced NCM chemistry, which is particularly well suited to the production of lithium-ion batteries for automotive and other high-end applications.

International Cooperation for State–of–the–Art Battery Materials

The new four-story, 70,000 square foot cathode materials plant in Elyria is expected to create approximately 25 new jobs, supported by BASF's battery materials research laboratories in nearby Beachwood, Ohio, and at the company’s headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Also BASF's management board appreciates the many possibilities that the new facility offers... more on page 2!

“We are delighted to celebrate the launch of this new commercial-scale production plant, which highlights the strong alliance BASF has established with the U.S. Department of Energy and the state of Ohio to deliver advanced battery materials that can provide higher energy density and greater power,” said Frank Bozich, President of BASF’s Catalysts division. “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.”

The Trend is Your Friend – Battery Technology Becomes Increasingly Important

“As the world’s leading chemical company, we see tremendous potential to secure our place as a leading supplier of materials and solutions to battery manufacturers around the globe,” added Ralf Meixner, Senior Vice President of BASF’s global Battery Materials business. “The launch of this new production facility is an important milestone in this journey.”

As part of its long-term battery materials strategy, BASF will continue to work with partners in industry and science to develop materials and technologies for current and next generation lithium-ion batteries as well as for future battery systems, company speakers explained.