26 November 2008 12:13 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS news)--Japan’s Mitsubishi Plastics (MPI) has established a pilot plant producing a new lithium ion secondary battery separator that it co-developed with parent Mitsubishi Chemical Co (MCC), the two companies said in a joint statement on Wednesday.
MPI did not disclose the current capacity of the unit, located in Nagahama, Shiga prefecture.
MPI said it planned to increase the plant’s capacity to 12m square metres/year for yen (Y) 1bn ($10.5m) and start commercial production in summer 2009.
The separators will be sold through MCC, the companies said.
MCC had been manufacturing lithium ion materials since 2006 due to growing demand for the product, the companies said.
MPI and MCC said they aim to develop lithium ion materials for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), as well as for applications for mobile phones and laptop computers.
($1 = Y95.58)
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