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Showa Denko Expands Capacity for Vapor-Grown Carbon Fiber

12:02 AM MST | December 2, 2011 | Deepti Ramesh

Showa Denko says it has built an additional production line for vapor-grown carbon fiber (VGCF) at the company’s site at Kawasaki, Japan, and the total production capacity of the product has increased from 100 m.t./year to 200 m.t./year. VGCF is used as additive in anodes and cathodes of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries (LIBs). Demand for large LIBs for automotive and storage battery applications is expected to grow rapidly in and after 2013, Showa Denko says. This will result in a sharp rise in demand for VGCF used as electrically-conductive additive in...

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