Sumitomo To Double Lithium-Ion Separator Production To Keep Pace With Panasonic / Tesla Demand



Sumitomo Chemical Headquarter

Sumitomo Chemical Headquarter

We have another sign that market demand for lithium-ion batteries is growing like crazy.

Sumitomo Chemical, a supplier to Panasonic’s cylindrical lithium-ion secondary batteries, just announced plans to double the output of PERVIO separators.

“The production at its Ohe Works in Niihama, Ehime Pref., Japan will be raised to approximately 1.3 times the current capacity by next spring. In addition, a new plant for PERVIOTM will be built at its subsidiary in South Korea, scheduled to start commercial-scale production in 2017.”

Sumitomo Chemical explains that demand is growing fast for both electric vehicles and smartphones.

“In recent years, lithium-ion secondary batteries for car mounting use has been in an expanding demand, reflecting automakers’ active drive to launch various electric vehicles against the backdrop of consumers’ rising awareness towards environmental protection and ever tightening environmental regulations. Responding to the situation, Sumitomo Chemical has thus far increased its production capacity for PERVIOTM in a stepwise manner. Expecting further growth in demand, however, the Company has decided not only to raise the production capacity at the Ohe Works, but to set up a new plant for the product at its subsidiary in South Korea, so that the Company can fortify its stable supply capability by having multiple production bases as well as preparing for possible further expansions in the years ahead.”

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8 responses to "Sumitomo To Double Lithium-Ion Separator Production To Keep Pace With Panasonic / Tesla Demand"
  1. CherylG's_DirtyLittleSecret says:

    All this news about huge growth in Lithium battery manufacturers/companies and none are from the US.

    That’s just sad.

    1. finecadmin says:

      Not reading the same news I am then. Getting spoon fed to you- just sad.

    2. Craig Capurso says:

      I think Tesla is in the us

      1. Lensman says:

        Yes. Tesla’s Gigafactory, soon to be the world’s largest battery cell factory, is located in Nevada. And LG Chem is gearing up for EV battery production in its factory in Holland, Michigan.

    3. leaf owner says:

      This is just the separator – a very thin porous piece of plastic. Low value part of the battery system.

    4. Jouni Valkonen says:

      United states should be split into 50 independent countries. This would make even Gigafactory to be located in foreign country for the most of the americans, because Gigafactory will be in the distant country called Nevada. At least for Floridans, Nevada is as distant economic zone as Japan.

  2. Anon says:

    Yeah baby…

  3. andreas says:

    and just watch Lithium stock prices to fall lately like a stone…..