BASF commissions new US battery materials production plant


BASF has commissioned a new battery materials manufacturing facility in Elyria, Ohio, in the US, to produce cathode components for lithium-ion batteries.

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

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

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 US Department of Energy and the state of Ohio, in order to deliver advanced battery materials that can provide higher energy density and greater power.

"We understand that chemical innovations will be vital to making electromobility more sustainable, affordable and ubiquitous in the years ahead, and we are proud of our role in driving this progress," Bozich added.

The plant will be supported by BASF battery materials research laboratories located in Ohio, US, and Ludwigshafen, Germany.

BASF global Battery Materials business senior vice President Ralf Meixner said the launch of the new production facility is an important milestone for securing a place as a leading supplier of materials and solutions to manufacturers.

Used for automotive and various other applications, lithium-ion batteries are expected to drive the future of electromobility in North America and across the world.