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Cabot Corporation’s plans of global expansion, delivering innovative material for lithium-ion batteries in the EMEA region, kicked off with their announcement of establishing a new technology center in Munster, Germany. The state-of-the-art center will aim to implement technological advancement in battery materials by collaborating with potential customers, the company said in a press release.

The company plans to begin operations in Germany by next month and aspires to expand the technology center in 2024. But instead of monopolizing the developments made in their center, Cabot intends to collaborate with European partners and share the knowledge to strengthen the overall growth of the battery industry. 

Innovative solution for EV battery

Cabot develops modern-day technologies such as high nickel cathode, silicon-containing anode, dry and aqueous electrode processing, and solid-state battery materials. Relying on these technological advancements, the company has achieved commercial success, partnering with global battery manufacturers.

In this technology center, the company plans to focus on a range of conductive carbon additive (CCA) products like conductive carbons, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and carbon nanostructures (CNS), which are essential for the chemical working of a lithium-ion battery. Other battery material products produced in this center include fumed alumina for separator and cathode coatings and aerogel for thermal management.

High expectations from the technology center

Shen Yi, vice president and general manager for Battery Materials believes the foundation of the technology center will boost the company’s expansion in battery and EV production across Europe. “We already have established conductive carbon additive (CCA) manufacturing and commercial capabilities in Europe. Our new EMEA Technology Center will enable us to collaborate more closely with our customers and offer faster development times and extensive testing and trialing in Europe.”

Given the center’s strategic location, close to battery research institutions, local universities, and other technology companies, it offers the perfect opportunity to welcome highly skilled scientists and engineers, resulting in the emergence of a technologically advanced ecosystem. “This new facility will allow us to better serve our customers by providing them with access to cutting-edge technologies and the expertise of our talented team of engineers and scientists. With this center, we can better meet the unique requirements of our battery and EV customers across a range of critical battery applications,” said Patricia Hubbard, senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer.