October 20, 2022: Plans by ENTEK to ramp up its production of electric vehicle battery separators have been given a boost after the company revealed it had secured a tranche of undisclosed US federal funding to support the country’s domestic battery materials supply chain.
The funding, announced by the Department of Energy on October 19, is the first phase of more than $7 billion in total provided by the infrastructure law, ENTEK said.
It will support ENTEK’s investment in projects including plans unveiled on April 26 to build two “giga-scale” EV battery separator plants in the US.
Kimberly Medford, president of ENTEK Manufacturing, said: “This support for our domestic supply chain and investment in our US manufacturing infrastructure ensures that we are prepared to supply critical US produced components to US lithium battery manufactures.”
ENTEK said in April its investments would start with the installation of 50 million m2 of additional ceramic coating capacity at the company’s facility in Henderson, Nevada, which is scheduled to be commissioned in the first half of 2023 to support current base film production.
The company said it will have completed its initial expansion of lithium ion separator production capabilities in the US by 2025.