SCiB batteries are more than 10 years on the market since launch in March 2008

Toshiba announced that the SCiB rechargeable battery business will be transferred from Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation (TISS) directly to Toshiba by absorption-type company splits. As a result, it will become an independent business unit within Toshiba.

The Japanese company sees growing demand for SCiB and a bright future for such batteries, especially since upgraded TNO chemistry is in the works. The latest move will make SCiB unit more independent and further fast growth.

"The reorganization advances the strategy of the Toshiba Next Plan, announced on November 8, which positions the battery business as a new growth business, and the building solutions business as one of the Group’s focus business domains. The new organization will allow better utilization of Toshiba Group’s resources and will promote faster decision making and accelerated growth."

Toshiba already decided to expand production capacity of SCiB in Japan, as well as establish a joint venture with Suzuki and Denso in India. The third automotive path of growth is a collaboration with Johnson Controls Power Solutions, probably to replace lead-acid batteries with SCiB.

"On its transfer from TISS, the battery business will form an independent business unit within Toshiba, with Masayasu Toyohara Toshiba’s Corporate Executive Vice President. Positioning the business as an independent operation will remove layers of management and allow for more rapid decision making. TISS will continue to handle business operations related to using the SCiB™ as a storage battery system in sectors including rail transport, defense and power transmission substations.

Toshiba has manufactured and sold SCiB™, the lithium-ion rechargeable battery that features high security, long life, low-temperature operation and rapid charging since March 2008. Its versatility has found broad application in hybrid electric vehicles, automated guided vehicles and energy storage systems for rolling stock. Now, by fully utilizing its technologies and development resources, Toshiba is advancing the development of higher energy density batteries with titanium niobium oxide anodes, for use in electric vehicles.

Demand for SCiB™ is growing fast, and Toshiba is expanding production capacity through capital investment and alliances. In Japan, the company will construct a new production facility in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, and reinforce the current manufacturing facility, Kashiwazaki Operations in Niigata prefecture. Separately, in 2017, Toshiba, Suzuki Motor Corporation and Denso Corporation agreed to establish a joint venture company to produce automotive lithium-ion battery packs in India, and Toshiba will also collaborate with Johnson Controls Power Solutions in the U.S.

Moving forward, and drawing on management expertise and know-how in mass production cultivated over the years, Toshiba will proactively channel resources into expanding the battery business. The company’s own wide ranging businesses allow promotion of opportunities beyond TISS’s scope of operations, with a focus on growth markets where SCiB™’s characteristics can be used to the full. By promoting expansion of business opportunities Toshiba aims for sales of 400 billion yen in 2030."