The company is developing a combined nickel, cobalt and manganese material, and has also improved its lithium-nickel oxide materials. It recently began shipping samples of both to battery makers for use in vehicle batteries, according to the report in the Nikkei.
Production scale and start time have yet to be determined, but plans are to be solidified by the first half of fiscal 2010. Because plant construction and equipment installation will require at least a year and a half, full-scale shipments are expected to begin no earlier than the middle of fiscal 2011.
The company makes positive electrode materials for lithium ion batteries at its Fukushima and Saitama plants, which have a combined production capacity of 1,000 tons a year. Almost all output is shipped to manufacturers of lithium ion batteries for mobile phones.