BASF commissions new U.S. battery materials production plant — BASF has commissioned a new battery materials manufacturing facility in Elyria, Ohio to produce cathode components for lithium-ion batteries.

The four-story, 70,000 square feet building, which was constructed with an investment of more than $50m, was supported by a $24.6m grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

BASF was also selected as one of only two licensed suppliers of Argonne National Laboratory patented nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM) cathode materials, according to the company.

The new cathode materials plant will feature advanced NCM chemistry, which is designed for the production of lithium-ion batteries.

BASF Catalysts division president Frank Bozich said the launch of the new commercial-scale production plant highlights the strong alliance the company has established with the U.S. Department of Energy and the state of Ohio, in order to deliver advanced battery materials that can provide higher energy density and greater power. Read more.

Posted November 15, 2012