Polypore and SEMCORP establish joint venture in China for dry-process LIB separators

Polypore and SEMCORP establish joint venture in China for dry-process LIB separators

23.09.2021: Asahi Kasei’s wholly owned subsidiary Polypore International, LP (Polypore) and Shanghai Energy New Materials Technology Co., Ltd. (SEMCORP) established a joint venture for dry-process lithium-ion battery separators in China. The production is sched

Asahi Kasei’s wholly owned subsidiary Polypore International, LP (Polypore) and Shanghai Energy New Materials Technology Co., Ltd. (SEMCORP) established a joint venture for dry-process lithium-ion battery separators in China.

The production is scheduled to start in 2022 with a capacity of 100 million m2/year with plans to raise capacity to 1 billion m2/year by around 2028 in line with demand growth.

Based on a license from Polypore’s subsidiary Celgard, LLC, for technology and intellectual property related to dry-process polypropylene (PP) separator, the joint venture will manufacture and sell high-quality, high-performance dry-process separator in China for LIBs used in energy storage systems (ESS) and electric-drive vehicles (EDVs).

The agreement for the establishment of the joint venture was reached in January 2021. The LIB market in China is the world’s largest and growing rapidly centered on EDV applications. As the Chinese government enacts policies for decarbonization, significant additional growth is forecasted in ESS applications in combination with renewable energy. The new joint venture is expected to meet growing demand for dry-process separators for ESS applications.

The joint venture will leverage Celgard’s cutting-edge dry-process separator production process technology, quality control know-how, and intellectual property rights in combination with SEMCORP’s top-level production process control and cost control capabilities in China to expand in the Chinese LIB market for ESS applications.

Corporate profile of the joint venture

Company name                 Jiangxi Enpo New Materials Co., Ltd.

Location                               Gaoan City, Jiangxi Province, People's Republic of China

Paid-in capital                   CNY 84 million (incremental rise to 454 million planned)

Ownership                         SEMCORP 51%, Polypore 49% (each indirectly through a subsidiary)

Operations                         Manufacture and sale of dry-process LIB separator

Capacity                               100 million m2/year by mid-2022; 1 billion m2/year by 2028 planned

Celgard has been a market leader with research, development, and manufacturing know-how for over 40 years since inventing the dry-process LIB separator. With its manufacturing know-how for thin dry-process separator enabling higher energy density in high-performance LIBs, Celgard has provided customers with stable supply of high-quality cutting-edge separator essential for the manufacture of high-performance LIBs.

Celgard has established a broad portfolio of patents for coated and uncoated LIB separator used not only in ESS but also in a wide range of EDV and consumer electronics applications. SEMCORP is China’s leading manufacturer of wet-process LIB separator, with over 10 years of experience in the manufacture and sale of wet-process separator. With 6 manufacturing sites in China having a total production capacity of 3.5 billion m2/year, SEMCORP supplies over 100 different separator grades including base film and coated membrane.

Leveraging its capabilities for stable quality, high yield, high productivity, and superior cost control, SEMCORP has established a track record of supplying top-tier LIB manufacturers.

The joint venture will provide advanced solutions to meet rapidly growing demand for LIB separator by adopting Celgard’s cutting-edge dry-process membrane technology, manufacturing know-how, and equipment through its technology license for single-layer PP and coextruded multi-layer PP membrane. It is scheduled to start production in 2022 with a capacity of 100 million m2/year with plans to raise capacity to 1 billion m2/year by around 2028 in line with demand growth.

“By joining Celgard’s specialized knowledge in technology, processing, and material science together with SEMCORP’s outstanding management ability in China, the joint venture will not only be able to provide a wide range of solutions to customers but also stimulate further development of the LIB industry overall,” notes Celgard President Lie Shi.

“I am thrilled to have this partnership with SEMCORP. The joint venture will supply highly cost-competitive high-performance separator for LIBs in China for ESS and EDV applications. The combination of our two companies’ strengths will provide new solutions for the world’s challenges related to the environment and energy.”

“This joint venture will let us capture a huge opportunity in the ESS market with dry-process separator just like SEMCORP captured an opportunity in the EDV market with wet-process separator,” adds SEMCORP Chairman and CEO Paul Xiaoming Lee.

“By combining Celgard’s highest-level technology and know-how with SEMCORP’s rich operational experience in China, track record of mass-producing high-quality separator, and cost-competitiveness, this joint venture with Polypore will be a revolutionary supplier of dry-process separator.”

About the Asahi Kasei Group’s LIB separator business

As a pioneer of LIB separator, Asahi Kasei has supported the development of the LIB industry since the dawn of the LIB in the early 1990s though the development, manufacture, and sale of Hipore™ wet-process separator. To keep pace with recent rapid demand growth accompanying the trend for electrification of vehicle drive systems, Asahi Kasei is expanding its plants in Moriyama, Shiga, and Hyuga, Miyazaki, Japan, to raise Hipore™ production capacity to 1.35 billion m2/year in fiscal 2023, approximately double the production capacity of fiscal 2020.

Since acquiring Polypore, parent company of the leading dry-process separator manufacturer Celgard, in 2015, Asahi Kasei has supplied the LIB industry with broad-ranging solutions leveraging both wet-process and dry-process technology. The joint venture will license technology from Celgard, the leading dry-process separator manufacturer, and based on that technology will aim to develop the newly evolving ESS market in China.

 This will enable the entry into a new market which the Asahi Kasei Group could not develop independently, contributing to further growth. Asahi Kasei expects to contribute to a carbon-neutral society by supporting the growth and expansion of the LIB industry as a global leading LIB separator company.

Henning Küll - photo Polypore

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/polypore-semcorp-joint-venture-china-lip-separators---228848.html

23.09.2021 / MaP

More News

Airspeeder partners with Telstra Purple for Flying Car Racing Series
Airspeeder explores Telstra 5G to take flight  • Telstra and Airspeeder enter into multi-million dollar technical partnership • Telstra to enable flying car racing through implementation of 5G network &bu more >>
New halogen-free flame-retardant Polyamide 66 LEONA™ SN features superior surface quality and laser printability
Asahi Kasei is introducing the halogen and red-phosphorous free flame retardant Polyamide 66 LEONA™ SN to the European market. This semi-aromatic material combines high levels of safety, surface quality and laser printability. more >>
LG Energy Solution spurs growth in battery industry by hosting 'Battery Innovation Contest'
•    LG Energy Solution to host international 'Battery Innovation Contest' inviting innovative technology ideas; open for entry from Aug. 9th until Sept. 30th •    Prizewinning research institution be granted with USD $150,000 R&D expenses, annually •    "LGES will provide various opportu more >>
Detroit Smart Parking Lab opens in September for real−world automated and EV charging testing
Ford, Bedrock, Bosch and State of Michigan create lab; Enterprise to conduct first lab project and American Center for Mobility to run daily operations    Detroit Smart Parking Lab (DSPL) – hosted at Bedrock’s Assemb more >>
Tobii, the world-leader in eye tracking, enters the automotive driver monitoring market
Tobii today announces its entry into mass market automotive integrations with the release of its Driver Monitoring System, Tobii DMS, the acquisition of Phasya, and several new partnerships. Over the past 20 years, Tobii has b more >>
Chinese Giants GAC and Huawei Will Work Together to Develop a Smart SUV
On July 9, 2021, GAC Group officially announced an exciting joint project with tech giant Huawei: the two firms will work together to develop a "smart SUV", aiming to hit the market in mass production by the end of 2023. The SUV will be the first join more >>
CATL Unveils Its Latest Breakthrough Technology by Releasing Its First Generation of Sodium-ion Batteries
Another Milestone in the Industrialization of Innovative TechnologiesContemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL) successfully held its first online launch event "Tech Zone" on July 29. Dr. Robin Zeng, chairman of CATL, unveiled the company's first-generation sodium- more >>
Stimulating ideas for urban mobility: BMW Group Research unveils innovative concepts for cargo bike and e-scooter.
- Innovative design concepts for city-centre travel - Electrified bicycle Concept DYNAMIC CARGO promises high variability, everyday usability and sheer cycling pleasure - e-scooter Concept CLEVER COMMUTE with remarkably compact de-sign thanks to folding mechanism more >>
REE Automotive Will Open its U.S. Headquarters and First Integration Center in Austin, Texas
... as it Prepares for Production in 2023    REE U.S. HQ to capitalize on growing market demand for EVs in North America    REE Austin is expected to generate more than 150 jobs in the region in the next few years more >>
USTMA, The Ray and University of Missouri Release Findings on Benefits of Rubber Modified Asphalt
...and Call for Additional ResearchRubber modified asphalt is a proven circular solution for scrap tires that provides cost savings, extends pavement life and reduces noise; more research needed to close data gapsThe U.S. Tire Ma more >>
EAV release image of new game-changing "LINCS" mid-mile urban transport vehicle
EAV release image of new game-changing ‘lincs’ mid-mile urban transport vehicle the eav lightweight INNER-CITY solution (lincs) will be able to provide a uniquely versatile light cargo transport capability.Electric Assisted Vehicles Lim more >>
Marc Lichte: For me, that’s first class traveling
Norbert Weber, Head of Interior Design; Marc Lichte, Head of Design; Philipp Römers, Head of Exterior Design.    The head of Audi Design on the future of individual mobility   more >>
Satellites for 5G to connect delivery vans seamlessly
A vehicle that remains continuously connected even when in remote areas is being road tested in Cornwall in the south west of the UK. The test vehicle will use ubiquitous communications technology to switch seamlessly between 5 more >>
Brembo opens the first Center of Excellence in Silicon Valley
The “Brembo Inspiration Lab” will focus on software development, data science and artificial intelligenceBrembo, a global leader in the development and production of brake systems, announces the opening of its first center of excellence, in Calif more >>
Expo Day 10 of Startup Autobahn - Porsche presents three pilot digitalisation projects
Porsche is continuing its digital offensive and is presenting three exciting projects on Startup Autobahn, Europe’s largest innovation platform. On Expo Day 10 on 21 July, the sports car manufacturer will provide an insight into its data strategy with the Porsche Data Cup and Porsche Connect Partner Services. more >>
Inner worlds - the new architecture of mobility
A technological shift is revolutionizing vehicle design        The interior is becoming the heart chamber of automotive design        3-D visualizations are increasing quality in the design process more >>
BMW Group launches “Quantum Computing Challenge” in collaboration with AWS to crowd-source innovation.
  - Call for quantum computing solutions to specific industrial challenges - Follow-up project for the winning team Starting today, researchers, start-ups and pioneering companies from the global quan more >>
Dynisma reveals the World's most advanced driving simulator
... for automotive vehicle and motorsport development •    Dynisma reveals details of its market-leading new DMG-1 and DMG-1C systems aimed at global automotive manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers and all levels of motorsport more >>
Automotive Transformation Group Created to Revolutionise Vehicle Sales
...Enabling Billions in Online Sales as Industry Rapidly Digitises   ·  Automotive Transformation Group is officially launched today as new entity for recently merged leading auto industry suppliers, Auto more >>
Hyundai Motor Group Announces ‘2021 ZER01NE Accelerator’ Open Call to Collaborate with Startups
2021 ZER01NE Accelerator open innovation platform invites startups to collaborate with Hyundai Motor Group on future technologies    Applications can be submitted under eight differe more >>
MINI Vision Urbanaut - The virtual concept becomes a reality
In November 2020, the MINI brand revealed the MINI Vision Urbanaut virtual concept vehicle, an all-new interpretation of mobility through an innovative vision of space. Now, the BMW Group has made a physical model of the vehicle showcas more >>
BMW i Ventures Announces an Investment in Kodiak Robotics
BMW i Ventures announced today an investment in Kodiak Robotics, Inc., a leading developer of self-driving long-haul trucking technology. The funds from the BMW i Ventures investment help Kodiak expand its team and fleet, as well as continue to develop its indust more >>
CERN lays first stone of Science Gateway
    CERN today held a first stone ceremony as the next step in the creation of the Science Gateway which was first unveiled in 2019 in Geneva     The ambitious and innovative Science Gate more >>
Bambuser to Present at VivaTech 2021 as part of the LVMH Innovation Award Program
- At Europe's biggest startup and tech event, Live Video Shopping to be showcased among solutions driving the future of customer experiencesBambuser today announced its participation in VivaTech, Europe's biggest startup and tech event. Hosted by more >>
Eco Wave Power's EWP - EDF One Conversion Unit Arrives on Site at The Port of Jaffa
Today, Eco Wave Power (Stock Symbol: ECOWVE) is pleased to announce that our wave energy conversion unit has arrived on site at the Port of Jaffa, Israel. With preparations underway for the unit's installation the project is proceeding on schedule."We are delighted with t more >>
Polestar 1 is the first car that can be bought with art
    First-of-its-kind initiative allows artists and collectors to trade art for a Polestar 1    Low volume, hand-built Polestar 1 production coming to an end later in 2021    Initiative is a collaboration with internationally leading art advisor Theodor Dalenson more >>
Polestar launches 2021 global Design Contest
    Polestar launches second annual Design Contest for student and professional designers    The contest sets out to find the most creative, design-led ideas that drive electric mobility into a more socially progressive a more >>
The Volvo C40 Recharge design story
... combining the serenity of Scandinavian nature with the confidence of electric ambitionIn many ways, the Volvo C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo Cars: it is the first Volvo model in his more >>
Driving the Future 2021 survey
Join the survey that will provide fresh insight into transport habits of the future     New Driving the Future website shows impact of COVID on consumer attitudes more >>
Former Tata Technologies executive joins innovative EV range prediction specialist
Richard Welford, a seasoned strategic automotive industry executive, has been appointed as a non-executive director at innovative EV range prediction specialist, Spark EV Technology.Spark is a cate more >>
The new standard for air quality in automobiles: Two German Innovation Awards for the AELUS from Rolfhartge
• Effective protection against viruses, bacteria and fine dust through HEPA H13 filters and patented photo catalysis sluice.• Handy air cleaner for the vehicle interior.• Tested cleaning performance in a smart design more >>
Parkopedia to facilitate all major in-vehicle payments with a new integrated payment platform
    Parkopedia launches a new multi-domain payment platform to enable drivers to seamlessly pay for parking, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging, fuelling and tolls       The platform solves more >>
BMW Startup Garage China opens Joint Innovation Base with Alibaba Cloud in Shanghai
- Extension of the BMW Group’s open innovation ecosystem - Joint Innovation Base to provide incubation services to no less than 300 Chinese startups - New collaboration perspectives for international activities of BMW Startup Garage more >>
Chery Unleashes “CHERY POWER” to Embrace Technology-Enabled Future
Auto shows are held to exhibit a variety of new vehicles from carmakers, as well as to point to the future path of the auto industry. At the Auto Shanghai 2021, Chery showcased an array of exciting models, such as Tiggo 8 Pro 2.0 TGDI and Tiggo 8 Pro PHEV, more >>
Stellantis, Foxconn to Develop Breakthrough Digital Cockpits and Personalized Connected Services with Mobile Drive Joint Venture
    Mobile Drive, with investments from both Foxconn and Stellantis, will accelerate go-to-market timelines for the most advanced in-car and connected-car technologies in the industry    Mobile Drive brings together expertise in consumer innovations from the sustainable mobility and advanced electronics industries&n more >>
CAKE Wins 2021 German Innovation Award
The Ösa utility platform wins this esteemed award from the German Design Council. CAKE, the Swedish manufacturer of lightweight electric off-road performance motorcycles, is honored to win the German Innovation Award. The prestigious innov more >>
Mobile phone technology to revolutionise police and first responder vehicles
    VNC Automotive predicts explosion of technology integration for police and first responder vehicles    New systems will allow more effective policing and emergency management    Augmented reality, drone and robotic device integration will form integrated command centres in vehicles for first responders. more >>
Mobile 3D printing centre for even greater customer proximity and fast availability of spare parts
    Daimler Buses and Omniplus have created a mobile printing centre for the decentralised series production of 3D printed spare parts.     The mobile container will be in operation at the BusWorld Home (BWH) service more >>
Polestar announces important step on transparency journey - enters strategic partnership with Circulor
....for supply chain traceability    Polestar enters strategic partnership with blockchain provider Circulor    Collaboration targets blockchain traceability and CO2e tracking    Progressive more >>
2001-2023 copyright automobilsport.com