H.C. Starck and Japan New Chisso Corp.: groundbreaking ceremony

On 17 October 2011, an started CSEM, a joint venture between H.C. Starck and Japan New Chisso (JNC) Corp., held its official groundbreaking ceremony for the construction work for the CS Energy Materials Ltd. (CSEM) plant in Minamata, Japan. The ceremony was attended by representatives from JNC Corp., H.C. Starck and CSEM, as well as by government representatives.

On 17 October 2011, an official groundbreaking ceremony started the construction work for the CS Energy Materials Ltd. (CSEM) plant in Minamata, Japan. CSEM is a joint venture between H.C. Starck and Japan New Chisso (JNC) Corp. for the development and production of cathode materials for high-performance lithium-ion batteries used to power electric and hybrid cars. The ceremony was attended by representatives from JNC Corp., H.C. Starck and CSEM, as well as by government representatives.
Since the founding of the joint venture in September 2010, CSEM had primarily focused on research and development of cathode materials and production engineering at sites in Goslar (Germany) and Minamata. Tested by independent institutions, samples of the cathode materials have already achieved excellent results. The plant in Minamata aims to commence commissioning by mid 2012. “With our joint venture we are aiming to enter into the fast growing lithium-ion battery cathode material market for electrical and hybrid cars especially in Europe and in Asia,” said Axel Westerhaus, member of the H.C. Starck Executive Board. “Our highly skilled researchers have worked very hard during the past months to ensure a successful start of the plant in Minamata. We have received very positive technical feedbacks from several major clients on our material samples developed by CSEM.”
“CSEM’s principal is to supply high quality products with reasonable price for our customers. As our next target, we will make this business successful soon and expand our capacities by building up a second plant,” stated Kazuyuki Marukawa, senior executive vice president of CSEM.
H.C. Starck is a leading global supplier of refractory metals and technical ceramics, and serves growing industries such as the electronics, chemicals, automotive, medical technology, aerospace, energy technology, and environmental technology industries, as well as mechanical engineering and tool manufacturers. H.C. Starck owns 12 modern manufacturing facilities located in Europe, America, and Asia, with close to 3,000 employees worldwide.