Lanxess enters battery chemistry through partnership with Chinese firm

09:29 AM | March 30, 2021 | Sotirios Frantzanas

Lanxess says it is entering the field of battery chemistry by cooperating with Guangzhou Tinci Materials Technology Co. (Tinci; Guangzhou, China), a manufacturer of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery materials. Lanxess will use a plant operated by its subsidiary Saltigo (Leverkusen, Germany) to start producing electrolyte formulations for Li-ion batteries under the authorization of Tinci, and production will start next year, Lanxess says. Further details have not been disclosed.

“The upswing in e-mobility is accelerating. Numerous new plants for battery-cell production are currently being built in Europe. This fast-growing market also offers great opportunities for Lanxess, especially in the field of battery chemistry. We already produce many raw materials for battery manufacturing. The cooperation with Tinci is another step in establishing ourselves in this market,” says Anno Borkowsky, board member at Lanxess. 

The electrolyte transports lithium ions in the battery cell. The electrolyte formulations that will be produced by Lanxess under Tinci’s authorization will enable Tinci to become a domestic supplier to battery-cell manufacturers in Europe, the company says. Tinci operates three production sites for electrolyte formulations in China and has three additional sites under construction, Lanxess says.