September 22, 2022: Materials technology and recycling group Umicore announced the inauguration on September 21 of its cathode materials production plant in Poland.
Nysa (pictured) will provide advanced cathode materials for advanced lithium battery cell manufacturers, with annual production capacity set to reach 20GWh by the end of 2023 and 40GWh in 2024, with the potential to rise to more than 200GWh in the second half of the decade.
Meanwhile, Umicore reaffirmed plans to build a precursor and cathode active materials facility in Canada and to expand its existing capacity in Asia, to achieve a global production capacity of more than 400GWh by 2030.
Nysa is “fully powered” by renewable electricity generated by a nearby onshore wind farm, the company said.
Construction of the cathode materials plant began in 2019 and production started in July.
CEO Mathias Miedreich said: “With this gigafactory, Umicore is leading the way in battery materials in Europe offering key ingredients for a responsible and sustainable value chain for electric transport.
“Its state-of-the-art product and process technologies complement our metals refining and cathode precursor production facility in Finland as well as our world-class R&D and pioneering battery recycling activities in Belgium.”
Umicore announced in June 2020 that a €125 million ($142 million) loan from the European Investment Bank would partly pay for its investment in the project.
On May 10 this year, Umicore formally opened a global R&D centre for cathode materials in South Korea — next to the company’s existing R&D and cathode materials production plants in Ch’onan.