Localized production of lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6) boosts North American lithium-ion battery supply chain
boston, February 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Koura, Orbia’s fluorination solutions business, announced today that it has partnered with Kanto Thinking Kogyo produces lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6), a key lithium-ion battery material. The agreement gives Koura access to Kanto Denka Kogyo’s world-class technology and industry expertise in commercial LiPF6 production.
At present, there is no large-scale production of LiPF6 in China. North America. With the significant growth of the electric vehicle market in the United States, the demand for lithium-ion batteries and materials is increasing. Orbia is working hard to ensure North American Supply key battery materials and recently announced the establishment of the first LiPF6 manufacturing plant in the United States British stone.Gabriel, LouisianaPart of the funding comes from $100 million DOE Award.
“Kanto Denka Kogyo has been recognized by major battery producers for their reliable and high-quality LiPF6 technology. We are pleased to extend this production technology to Koura as they are best suited to build and operate a LiPF6 plant in Japan North America and its vertically integrated fluorspar and fluorine value chain.Customers now have access to known LiPF6 performance North Americaexplain Junichi HasegawaPresident of Kanto Denka Industry Co., Ltd.
“As a pioneer and one of the established leaders in high-quality LiPF6 manufacturing, Kanto Denka Kogyo is the ideal partner for Koura to advance our energy strategy and prepare to meet the growing demand for domestic LiPF6 supply,” Greg Smith, President of Orbia Fluorinated Solutions (Koura). “Through our license from Kanto Denka Kogyo and the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, we can ensure that we are ready to meet the needs of our customers as lithium-ion battery plants are built and the market grows.”
As the operator of the world’s largest fluorspar mine, Koura is working with industry partners and researchers to transform the material into a wide range of advanced battery materials, including electrolyte salts, binders and High performance electrolyte additive. Koura’s unique “mine-to-market” vertically integrated position, expertise in fluorine technology, and investment in recycling and replacing lithium resources position the business to meet the challenges of today’s domestic lithium-ion battery supply chain.
Orbia is a company driven by a common purpose: to improve lives around the world. Orbia operates in the fields of Polymer Solutions (Vestolit and Alphagary), Construction and Infrastructure (Wavin), Precision Agriculture (Netafim), Connectivity Solutions (Dura-Line) and Fluorinated Solutions (Koura). Orbia’s five business groups work together to expand access to health and wellness, reshape the future of cities and homes, ensure food and water security, connect communities to information, and create innovative solutions through basic and advanced materials, specialty products and Innovative products accelerate circular economy solutions. With a global team of more than 23,000 employees, Orbia is commercially active in more than 110 countries, with operations in more than 50 countries and global headquarters in boston, mexico city, amsterdam and Tel Aviv. The company generates $8.8 billion 2021 income. To learn more, visit: orbia.com.
About Orbia Fluorinated Solution (Koura)
Orbia’s fluorinated solutions business, Koura, is a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of fluorinated products that play an important role in improving everyday life and shortening the path to a sustainable circular economy. With more than 35 years of experience, Koura’s products are widely used in electric vehicles and energy storage, urban and rural infrastructure, indoor climate management, food and pharmaceutical refrigeration, and even treat respiratory diseases by developing health and wellness products. Innovative low GWP propellants for MDIs. With 1,600 employees and 13 manufacturing plants worldwide, Koura serves 60 countries through a global sales and distribution network.
About Kanto Denka Industry
Kanto Denka Kogyo Co., Ltd. has been established since 1938. Accumulated expertise and knowledge in fields such as electrolysis, and has more than 50 years of experience in the field of fluoride manufacturing. Kanto Denka Kogyo’s fluoride products are indispensable in the manufacture of semiconductors and flat panel displays, and their quality is highly evaluated by the market. Kanto Denka Kogyo Co., Ltd. started production in 1997, and has supplied lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6), a high-purity electrolyte solution for lithium-ion secondary batteries, to many customers around the world. Kanto Denka Kogyo is the only company Japan mass-produce the product. Kanto Denka Kogyo will continue to strive to become an innovative development-oriented company that develops unique and highly competitive products that provide value for the world’s most advanced technology and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.
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