Japan's Toray Industries Inc. announced that it will establish a new production facility for battery separator film (BSF) for lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) in Nyergesújfalu, Hungary. The new production facility will be located at Toray Industries Hungary Kft., which was established in April 2018. The new facility will increase the Toray Group’s total BSF production capacity by approximately 20%; operations are scheduled to begin in July 2021.
The Toray Group already has BSF production facilities at its Nasu Plant in Japan and in the Republic of Korea, where Toray Battery Separator Film Korea Ltd. engages in the development, production and sale of BSF. Toray BSF Coating Korea Ltd. handles coating processes. In 2017, Toray announced facility investments to expand capacity in these two locations and new lines have been started up since fiscal 2018.
Toray Industries said that global demand for BSF is projected to expand rapidly, given steady expansionary trends in consumer applications like mobile electronics and energy storage system, and the anticipated robust increase in automotive applications, as electric vehicles become more popular. In Europe, in particular, where environmental awareness is increasing, it is anticipated that eco-friendly EVs will rapidly spread. Battery manufacturers are actively entering European markets.
Toray said the company has taken the basic strategic approach of “local production for local consumption” in its overseas business development. By locating production facilities in areas close to customers, Toray aims to respond to growing demand and also to contribute to the economic development of local regions and communities.