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Sony to build Li-ion battery plant in Singapore

Posted: 17 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Li-ion polymer battery? Sony manufacturing plant? Singapore facility?

Sony Corp. plans to invest $98 million to set up a Li-ion polymer battery plant in Singapore, its first in Southeast Asia.

Slated to start operations in August 2008, the plant will be highly automated, utilizing cutting-edge equipment and technologies such as the latest computer integrated manufacturing applications. Local engineers will be sent to Japan for training to gain the technological knowledge and skills needed to run this highly advanced operation.

To plant will be housed on Sony's existing facility in Tuas and will have a built-up area of about 12,200m. When the plant is fully operational in 2010, it will employ about 500 employees, with a monthly capacity of 8 million units of Li-ion polymer batteries. The batteries, which will be used in cellular phones, will be shipped to Sony customers worldwide.

"Sony has decided to place its latest investment in Li-ion battery production in Singapore, to continue to leverage on the country's skilled engineering resources, excellent infrastructure, as well as its ideal location for shipment of products worldwide," said Yutaka Nakagawa, executive deputy president, officer-in-charge of semiconductor and component group, Sony. "With this investment, we hope to continue to contribute positively to the development of Singapore's electronics industry via value-add manufacturing, technology transfer and the development of local engineers.

Manohar Khiatani, assistant managing director, industry development, Singapore Economic Development Board stated, "We are honoured that Sony has chosen Singapore for its first such plant in South East Asia. This is a clear demonstration of Sony's confidence in our overall competitiveness to host complex manufacturing projects."

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