Canada court ruling will have no significant impact – Phostech

19 August 2011 12:21  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Phostech Lithium, a subsidiary of German specialty chemicals producer Sud-Chemie, said on Friday that its business will not be significantly impacted by a negative judgement on a process patent by the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal.

On Wednesday, the court decided that a process used by Phostech at its plant in St Bruno, Canada, violated a patent of US-based lithium phosphate battery manufacturer Valence Technology.

Phostech said that it will soon complete a production capacity expansion in St Bruno for a new grade of lithium iron phosphate that is not affected by the court’s decision.

Phostech general manager Christian Knobloch said the court's decision “is certainly disappointing”, but added that as the old grade of lithium iron phosphate was “scheduled for replacement by our new advanced grade anyway, we don’t expect a significant impact on our business”.

In related news, Phostech said its 2,500 tonne/year lithium iron phosphate plant in Candiac, Canada, will start series production in January 2012. Lithium iron phosphate is used in the production of batteries for electric and hybrid cars.

For more on Sud-Chemie visit ICIS company intelligence

By: Franco Capaldo
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