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Arkema increases PVDF fluoropolymer production capacity for batteries
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:06.Dec.2021

Arkema announces that it has inaugurated the Christian Collette Center of Excellence dedicated to batteries at its Pierre-Bénite Research Center. The Group also announces a 50% increase in its Kynar PVDF fluoropolymer production capacities at its Pierre-Bénite site in order to address the fast-growing demand for materials for lithium-ion batteries. Arkema now aims for sales of at least one billion euros in batteries by 2030.

 

In a context of rapidly accelerating growth in electric mobility around the world, but also for stationary uses, renewable energy storage and electronics, improvements in battery performance, including greater energy density and shorter charging time, greater autonomy and lighter weight of vehicles, now represent key R&D areas to meet the challenge of energy transition.


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Arkema’s scientist makes lithium-ion battery samples in its research facility.


Thanks to its recognized expertise and unique offering of innovative, durable and high-performance materials, Arkema is supporting its customers and partners in the clean mobility revolution with its portfolio of high-value-added solutions: PVDF for binders and separator coatings, lithium salts to improve cell performance, smart adhesives for cell-to-cell bonding, and bio-based polyamide 11 to cool battery lines.

 

This Center of Excellence dedicated to batteries for clean mobility is equipped with state-of-the-art design and analysis equipment, including a dry room and an electrode coating line. It draws on the scientific and technical complementarity of the Pierre-Bénite Research Center’s researchers and will help accelerate the development of advanced materials and processes for future generations of more efficient, safer and more compact batteries.

 

Alongside this platform, a pilot line dedicated to the pre-industrialization of the next generations of electrolytes for the batteries of the future is already operational.

 

Moreover, the teams will conduct research with the Group's academic partners (CNRS, CPE in Lyon, LEPMI in Grenoble and ENSCM in Montpellier), as well as with partners in the battery ecosystem, with which strategic agreements have been concluded (start-ups, manufacturers, gigafactories).

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