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BASF expands CAMs in China

BASF Shanshan Battery Materials, BASF’s 51-49 joint venture in China, has announced plans to add capacity for cathode active materials (CAMs) to 100,000 tonnes/year at sites in Changsha, Hunan province, and Shuizuishan in Ningxia province (pictured). This is being done to address booming demand in the electric vehicle market.

Due to start up in Q4, the new production lines are designed with high flexibility to produce high-nickel and ultra-high-nickel nickel-cobalt-manganese oxide (NCM) for polycrystalline and single crystalline, as well as manganese-rich NCM products. They also feature energy recovery technologies, including off-gas, waste heat and oxygen recycling, a first in the battery industry.

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