New Battery Application Technology Centre in Europe

New Battery Application Technology Centre in Europe

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By Wisse Hettinga

The new technology centre will focus on technical collaboration with customers

The new EMEA Technology Center will enable Cabot to enhance its battery materials development capabilities and continue to strengthen its technology engagements with other participants in the battery industry through enhanced collaboration and innovation with battery manufacturers, electric vehicle (EV) customers and partners in Europe. In addition, the centre will feature advanced testing equipment to provide technical application capabilities to serve the battery industry globally. The EMEA Technology Center is expected to commence operations by April 2023, with a planned expansion to be completed in 2024.

“We already have established conductive carbon additive (CCA) manufacturing and commercial capabilities in Europe, and our new EMEA Technology Center will enable us to collaborate more closely with our customers and offer faster development times and extensive testing and trialing in Europe,” said Shen Yi, vice president and general manager for Battery Materials. “This area represents an attractive choice to expand our battery R&D capabilities to support the enormous growth in battery and EV production throughout Europe while driving closer partnerships with battery producers and automakers. With battery production forecasted to grow approximately 50% annually over the next four years, our new EMEA Technology Center is well-positioned to support the immense growth in batteries and help accelerate the transition to EVs.”

The center will support developments for Cabot’s full range of CCA products, including conductive carbons, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and carbon nanostructures (CNS), as well as blends and dispersions. CCAs play a critical role in lithium-ion battery chemistry and provide a pathway for electrons to move within the anode and the cathode which enables charging and discharging. The center will also support other Cabot product lines that support the battery market, including fumed alumina for separator and cathode coatings, and aerogel for thermal management.

“The new laboratory, with its close proximity to several of the foremost battery research institutions, local universities, and other technology companies in Europe, offers a premier site to build a collaboration ecosystem and attract talented scientists and engineers,” said Patricia Hubbard, senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer. “We have a strong culture of innovation and collaboration that is driven by a focus on customer success and developing innovative solutions to difficult problems. This new facility will allow us to better serve our customers, by providing them with access to cutting-edge technologies and the expertise of our talented team of engineers and scientists. With this center, we can better meet the unique requirements of our battery and EV customers across a range of critical battery applications.”

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