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China XD Plastics, HD team for electric car batteries

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:electric car? battery? plastic?

China XD Plastics Co. Ltd reports the delivery of three tons of specialized plastic compounds to Hafei Dongyang (HD). HD will use the plastic for the battery casing during a pilot production for electric vehicles. The delivery is part of an exclusive product development agreement between China XD Plastics, one of the largest manufacturers of modified plastics primarily for use in automotive applications in China, and HD, one of the leading automotive parts suppliers in Northeast China.

China XD Plastics will also have the opportunity to receive additional exclusive product development rights for a period of five years upon the successful design of new specialized plastic products to be used in HD's plastics parts in electric vehicles. These include plastics to be used in components, including battery cases, cell cases, separators, membranes, polymer super capacitors, composite bipolar plates, silicon wafer carriers, and plastics parts used in charging stations and other applications.

Due to the energy efficiency and environmental advantages of electric vehicles, the Chinese government has made the development of the domestic electric vehicle industry a key priority, supported by a number of programs and policies to foster the growth of this market. According to Gang Wan, minister of China's Ministry of Science and Technology, it is expected that electric vehicles will account for at least 10 percent of total automobiles manufactured in China by 2012 and 50 percent by 2030, which represents 19.5 million units per year.

Jie Han, chairman and CEO of China XD Plastics, commented "We are pleased to announce our partnership with Hafei Dongyang. This is another significant milestone for China XD Plastics, officially marking our entrance into the growing electric vehicle market. We believe the electric vehicle market presents a strong growth opportunity, and this agreement provides us with a further opportunity to expand sales of high-value-added products in environmentally-friendly areas. We will continue to explore opportunities with other customers to secure our leading position in this new market. We believe the underlying growth trends within the Chinese automotive market remain robust, and we remain confident in our ability to continue to deliver profitable growth."

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