Hitachi plans huge anode expansion amid a graphite overhaul in China

China threat sparks Hitachi’s four-fold lithium ion anode expansion for EV wave marking shift to from synthetic to natural graphite

Simon Moores, Andrew Miller

The world’s second largest lithium ion battery anode producer, Hitachi Chemical, is to expand its graphite anode capacity by four-fold by 2020 in preparation for global wave of demand from the lithium ion battery megafactories that are under construction. Hitachi is investing up to $90m to expand its capacity in Japan to produce 100,000 tonnes of graphite anode material by 2020 – a move which could see it . . .

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