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Asahi Kasei Starts Battery Plant

8:59 AM MDT | September 14, 2012

Asahi Kasei says its Asahi Kasei E-materials (Tokyo) subsidiary has begun commercial operations at a new slitting facility for the company’s Hipore brand lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery separators, at Suzhou, China. Hipore is a microporous polyolefin sheet placed between the battery’s anode and cathode. In case of overheating, the separator provides a fuse function by melting to close the micropores, preventing the passage of lithium ions and shutting off battery operation. Significant new growth is forecast for electric vehicle applications, in addition to...

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