Freyr opens business unit in Japan
Norwegian battery company Freyr has opened its first location in Asia. The office is located in Fukuoka, Japan, and includes a technology resource campus.
This will be primarily concerned with conducting electrochemical tests of various materials in connection with the technology development of partner 24M and provide a platform for recruiting and hiring experienced talent in battery technology, according to the company. Currently, testing equipment is still being installed in Fukuoka, it said.
The size of the team in Japan is not disclosed in the statement. What is clear, however, is that Freyr is targeting Japanese specialists. “Japan is a global center for battery development, and consequently home to some of the most experienced and capable lithium-ion battery cell experts in the world,” says Rune Nordgaard, Freyr’s country manager in Japan. The company hopes to gain access to “a large pool of experienced engineering talent”.
A few weeks ago, Freyr’s board approved the construction of the first battery cell factory in Rana, Norway, with production scheduled to start in the first half of 2024.