Celgard, LLC has announced plans to expand its manufacturing facility in Charlotte, North Carolina, generating 100 new jobs in the process. The company, which is a subsidiary of Polypore International, LP, an Asahi Kasei Company, manufactures dry-process membrane separators used in vehicle electrification. The investment will be used to fund Hipore wet-process coating and finishing lines at the site. According to the company, this expansion will allow Celgard to meet the increasing demand of the lithium-ion battery (LIB) separator supply chain and domestic customers. Construction is expected to begin early next year with an estimated completion date of 2026.
In a recent quote, Chad Schuchmann, Polypore’s CEO, said, “Celgard has been a key player in the domestic EV and lithium-ion battery supply chain from the beginning and our expansion in North America not only further solidifies our position as a market leader with a skilled workforce but also fully supports the nation's efforts to establish a thriving domestic lithium battery and EV supply chain.
Investing in American Manufacturing - 2023
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