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Matsushita to establish new battery plant in Osaka

Posted: 04 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:rechargeable battery? Li-ion battery plant? Japan plant?

Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd (MBI) plans to construct a new flagship Li-ion battery plant in Osaka City. With two other existing manufacturing bases in Osaka Prefecture and Wakayama Prefecture, MBI will integrate the new plant to reinforce the production of rechargeable batteries in Japan.

The new plant will be the main manufacturing site, employing an integrated manufacturing system controlling everything from electrode production, cell assembly and charge-discharge testing to packaging and shipping. Especially, the electrode production facilities will ensure the safety of Li-ion battery products as well as a safe manufacturing process. The plant will be strategically located in Osaka City to provide logistical advantages when working with its other plants in Osaka and Wakayama Prefectures.

MBI will invest about 100 billion yen ($925 million) in the new plant, which will be built in two phases. The first phase construction will begin in December 2008 with the aim of commencing electrode production in October 2009 and battery cell production in April 2010 with a capacity of 300 million battery cells. When the second phase construction is completed, the new plant will have a total production capacity of about 600 million Li-ion battery cells per year (50 million cells per month).

In addition, the company plans to invest about 23 billion yen ($213 million) to improve the productivity of the existing two plants. With a total investment of 123 billion yen ($1.14 billion) in these domestic plants, the company aims to firmly establish a global manufacturing system that can satisfy the growing and diversifying global market needs. This requires the cooperating of domestic plants with the overseas plant in Wuxi, China, capable of producing batteries in various varieties and volumes.

Demand for environmentally-friendly, rechargeable batteries shows notable increases not only in major markets like Europe, United States and Japan, but also in emerging markets like BRIC countries, as demand for mobile devices like laptop PCs and cellphones are on the rise.

The company aims to build a safe, secure and environmentally friendly factory by implementing a safe manufacturing environment and maintaining high-energy efficiency. The factory aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 percent based on the basic unit* from the level of fiscal year 2009 ending March 2009.

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