EAM accelerates plans for LFP cathode manufacturing with acquisition in Germany

This move propels India to become the first country in Asia outside of China to manufacture LFP cathode materials.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 07 Feb 2024 Views icon2226 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp
Vikram Handa, Managing Director, Epsilon Advanced Materials with team at the LFP Cathode Active Material Technology Center in Moosburg, Germany

Vikram Handa, Managing Director, Epsilon Advanced Materials with team at the LFP Cathode Active Material Technology Center in Moosburg, Germany

Epsilon Advanced Materials (EAM) has finalised the acquisition of a lithium-ion phosphate (LFP) cathode active material technology center in Moosburg, Germany, positioning itself as the first global company capable of providing both cathode and anode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

This move propels India to become the first country in Asia outside of China to manufacture LFP cathode materials. EAM is set to commence construction on its facility in India in 2024, with plans for a large-scale customer qualification plant by 2025, scaling up to 100,000 tons by 2030.

Vikram Handa, Managing Director of EAM, speaking on the announcement, said,  "This acquisition reaffirms our commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions to the evolving EV battery market. The advanced technology center in Moosburg strategically positions us to lead the industry in cathode material manufacturing."

The acquisition from Johnson Matthey solidifies EAM's position as a global EV battery materials provider and aims to reduce the battery market's reliance on China, where approximately 70% of cathode materials, including 100% of LFP cathode, are currently produced.

CEO of EAM, Sunit Kapur, shared, "Integrating the cathode expertise from the Moosburg technology center with our anode business uniquely positions us to deliver comprehensive solutions to customers, empowering them to optimise battery performance."

LFP cathode materials offer several advantages over traditional materials, including longer lifespan, improved efficiency, better performance in high temperatures, and lower cost. Additionally, LFP cathodes are maintenance-free, safe, and lightweight.

The Moosburg facility significantly reduces EAM’s technology development and scale-up timeframe, featuring a pilot customer qualification plant and utilising a Hydrothermal process for cleaner metal processing, contributing to a more environmentally friendly battery-metals supply chain.

With these advancements, EAM aims to revolutionise the EV battery market and contribute to the widespread adoption of electric mobility worldwide.

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