May 26, 2022: Materials technology and recycling group Umicore has formally opened a new global research and development center for cathode materials in South Korea, the company announced on May 10.
Umicore said the 30,000m2 (330,000 square feet) center, built next to the company’s existing R&D and cathode materials production plants in Cheonan, became fully operational in early April, providing services for the energy storage, automotive and portable electronics sectors.
The centre also houses a new battery cells and testing laboratory.
Product research at the centre will continue to focus on next-generation battery materials, including high-nickel NMC, low cobalt NMC, manganese-rich chemistries as well as solid-state battery materials technology, Umicore said.
Umicore’s executive vice president for energy and surface technologies, Ralph Kiessling, said: “This will enable us to continue to develop cathode materials that exceed customer expectations in terms of quality, reliability, safety and innovation.”