Cabot to build battery centre in Germany

The US speciality chemicals company Cabot has announced the establishment of a technology centre in Germany. With the centre in Münster, Cabot wants to focus on technical cooperation with customers to accelerate the development of its battery materials products in Europe.

According to Cabot, it develops solutions for current and future battery technologies such as cathodes with high nickel content, silicon-containing anodes and solid-state battery materials. In future, this will also be done in Münster – for the entire EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

Cabot already has production capacities for conductive carbon additives (CCA) in Europe. Therefore, the EMEA technology centre will support the development of Cabot’s entire CCA product range, according to the statement. These include carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and carbon nanostructures (CNS), as well as blends and dispersions.

“The new laboratory, with its close proximity to several of the foremost battery research institutions, local universities, and other technology companies in Europe, offers a premier site to build a collaboration ecosystem and attract talented scientists and engineers,” said Patricia Hubbard, senior vice president and chief technology officer. Münster is not only home to the Westphalian Wilhelms University (WWU) Münster’s MEET battery research centre, the Westphalian city is also known to be the location of the Battery Cell Research Facility (FFB).

The Cabot Technology Centre in Münster is scheduled to go into operation in April 2023. An expansion is already planned for 2024. The centre will have “advanced testing equipment to provide best-in-class technical application capabilities to serve the battery industry globally”, according to the announcement. With its presence in Germany, Cabot aims not only to enhance its battery materials development capability, but also to “continue to strengthen its technology engagements with other participants in the battery industry through enhanced collaboration and innovation with battery manufacturers, electric vehicle (EV) customers and partners.” In other words, collaborations are planned.

To support these plans, Cabot has also joined the European Battery Alliance (EBA), which brings together over 800 companies and institutions along the entire battery value chain. The EBA offers Cabot “a unique platform for Cabot to engage with stakeholders from industry, government agencies, and academia to help Europe capture and supply the growing battery market”, according to the statement.

cabot-corp.com

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