Japan: Lithium-Ion Batteries Mitsubishi Chemical to Produce 16,000 Tonnes of Formulated Electrolyte
With the rise in electric vehicles across the globe, the company will be expanding its annual production capacity of formulated electrolyte at its current Yokkaichi plant in Japan.
Japan – Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation has recently announced its intent to increase the production capacity of formulated electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries at its Yokkaichi plant from the current 11,000 tonnes per annum to 16,000 tonnes per annum.
In Japan and overseas, the market of electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and hybrid electric vehicles has been expanding rapidly. Approximately 25 % of all passenger vehicle sales in Japan are already electrified, and in the near future, the vehicles with electric powertrain are expected to grow steadily.
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation’s formulated electrolyte maintains high output even in a low-temperature environment and offers superior durability and safety by controlling side reactions on the surface of the electrodes with the advanced additive technology. As a result, the company’s formulated electrolyte has been widely used for automotive lithium-ion batteries applications in Japan, the United States, Europe, and other markets.
To meet the increasing demand, the firm will increase its capacity by 5,000 tonnes per annum by debottlenecking the manufacturing process, the efficient product shipping and transportation system, and digitalising the product inspection process. These investments will also promote safety operations and efficient quality management systems.