Evonik expands fumed Al oxide plant for battery applications in Japan
Leading manufacturer of Silica Evonik has announced fresh investments in a production plant expansion for fumed aluminum oxide at its site in Yokkaichi, Japan. The facility will be the company's first alumina plant in Asia, focusing on the production of specialty solutions for lithium-ion battery technologies, used for electric vehicles, according to the company.
Evonik has said that it will spend "mid-double-digit million Euro investment", starting the construction in summer 2023. The expansion is scheduled to become operational in 2025, creating additional jobs in the region. The investment is supported by funds from the Japanese government.
"One of these are our solutions for battery technologies for electric vehicles, coming from the Smart Materials Division", said Lauren Kjeldsen, President of the Smart Material Division. "By the investment in this Next Generation Solutions, Evonik supports the battery industry and customer growth particular in Asia by providing more sustainable and highly-innovative solutions."
"We focus on providing our lithium-ion battery customers access to an improved performance and next level of safety properties," said Emmanuel Auer, Head of Business Line Silica.
He added, "AEROXIDE, an aluminum oxide for ultra-thin separator coatings for the next generation lithium-ion batteries, enables longer mileage for electrical vehicles. It also improves safe usage and fast charging of batteries. The solution provides more durable operation and contributes to higher energy density."
Asia is the growing region for new generations of batteries in electric vehicles and powder coating. "With this expansion investment, we further commit to accelerated growth in the lithium-ion-battery market and secure regional supply for all customers located in the fast growing battery markets of China, Japan, and Korea," said Susanne Reinhart, Regional Head APAC of Business Line Silica.
The company's strategic transformation targets investments in green growth and to make sustainability a core innovation driver. By 2030, Evonik aims to invest more than €3 billion in Next Generation Solutions.