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BASF Plans New Production Site for EV Battery Materials

February 12, 2020
A view of the BASF facility Schwarzheide, Germany, where the company is building a new battery materials production site. Image courtesy of BASF
A view of the BASF facility Schwarzheide, Germany, where the company is building a new battery materials production site. Image courtesy of BASF

German chemicals and materials firm BASF revealed plans Wednesday for a new cathode active materials (CAM) production plant in Schwarzheide, Germany that is part of a multi-stage investment to bolster its position in the electric vehicle (EV) value chain. 

Once operational, the facility will supply battery materials for about 400,000 full EVs each year. The site will source PCAM precursors from a BASF facility under development in Harjavalta, Finland. CAM produced by BASF improves the performance of batteries, according to the company. 

“The plants in Finland and Germany will offer our customers reliable access to tailored high-nickel cathode active materials in proximity to their European manufacturing facilities,” Dr. Peter Schuhmacher, president of BASF’s Catalysts division, said in a statement. 

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The two plants are slated for startup in 2022. With the addition of the new sites, BASF will have CAM production assets in the world’s biggest markets – the U.S., Asia, and Europe. 

BASF said its plans were initiated in support of the European Commission’s push to create a European battery production value chain.

In late January, the German company broke ground on a new manufacturing hub in Singapore for crop protection products to increase production for customers across Asia Pacific. The facility will have six different formulation technologies and a production capacity of 7 million ltr/yr when it becomes operational in Q3 2021.

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