SK Innovation has announced the construction of a new battery separator plant in Poland. The South Korean company is investing 335 million euros to build four production lines for lithium-ion separators (LiBS) and three more for ceramic coated separators (CCS) in the Polish province of Silesia.
Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year, with mass production scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2021. The annual capacity of the plant is estimated at 340 million m² LiBS and 130 million square meters CCS.
Currently, 360 million square meters of LiBS are produced annually in Jeungpyeong and Chungcheongbuk-do (both in South Korea). The completion of overseas plants in China and Poland will increase SK Innovation’s production capacity to 1.2 billion square meters per year.
SK Innovation also recently announced a series of plans to build cell factories in other countries: Shortly after the start of construction of SK Innovation’s second battery cell factory in Hungary; the ground-breaking ceremony was also held for the Korean manufacturer’s first U.S. factory in Georgia.
SK Innovation plans to spend an impressive 10 billion dollars on investments in battery cells by 2025 due to the high demand from the automotive industry. This should enable the company to increase its production capacity (all plants combined) to a total of around 100 GWh annually by that year. The Koreans currently have the capacity for 4.7 GWh per year, which is expected to rise to 60 GWh in an interim target by 2022.
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