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BASF and Toda Kogyo forming a joint venture for Li-ion cathode active materials in Japan

BASF and Toda Kogyo have agreed to form a joint venture for Li-ion cathode active materials (CAM) in Japan. Under the terms of the agreement, BASF will acquire a 66% ownership stake in the new venture, with Toda Kogyo Corp. holding a 34% ownership stake. BASF and Toda Kogyo Corp. will combine their respective CAM businesses, intellectual property and production assets in Japan in the joint venture, which will operate under the trade name BASF TODA Battery Materials, LLC. (Earlier post.)

BASF Toda Battery Materials will focus on R&D, production, marketing and sales of a broad range of cathode materials including Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide (NCA), Lithium Manganese Oxide (LMO) and Nickel Cobalt Manganese (NCM) in Japan. These materials are used in lithium-ion batteries for the automotive, consumer electronics and stationary storage markets.

Closing of the joint venture agreement and the launch of operations for the newly formed company is expected to take place by the end of February 2015.

The new venture will have a direct employee base of approximately 80, and an annual combined production capacity for cathode active materials and their precursors of approximately 18,000 metric tons. It will maintain a headquarters facility in Tokyo, with production sites in Sanyo Onoda and Kitakyushu/Japan.

Among their various materials products, both companies are licensees of Argonne National Laboratory materials. BASF is the only company worldwide licensed to produce and market materials developed by both Argonne—the leader in NCM (Nickel Cobalt Manganese) technology—and LiFePO4+C Licensing, the leader in LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) technology.

BASF’s joint venture with Toda Kogyo Corp. will allow us to accelerate our growth and expansion in the global battery materials market, in line with our long-term targets. By combining our manufacturing and technology expertise, we can serve our customers with the broadest cathode materials portfolio in the industry, while continuing to innovate for the future.

—Kenneth Lane, President of BASF’s Catalysts division

Because the lithium-ion battery market continues to expand globally, we concluded that we need a strong alliance partner that would enable us to create more value than simple consolidation and to advance our cathode materials business synergistically. By forming a joint venture, we are confident that we will be able to strengthen safety, quality, cost competitiveness and global coverage and provide these key factors to the market to drive our joint success in this industry.

—Tadashi Kubota, Chairman of Toda Kogyo Corp.



This is going to be a battle BASF/Toda vs. Umicore on layered and spinel cathode materials.


Combine the TiO2 anode with the Nafion sulfur cathode then they might just make a good battery.


Theoretically, a lithium air cell would allow the highest possible energy - and power density. A lithium metal electrode bears the inherent problem of reacting with the moisture in the air leading to violent uncontrollable reactions.
Various metals, among them aluminum, are foamed for specific applications. Why not foam a lithium metal plate, cover this with graphene and use it as an anode. The spaces between the atoms of the graphene cloak are so small that they do not allow the passage of a H2O molecule making the anode electrode inherently safe. However, ions and electrons are small enough to penetrate this protective cloak. The nano-pores of the metal foam would result in a tremendous surface rendering an extreme high energy density. The cathode would be the oxygen in the air.
Such a design would allow a cell of low weight and volume and extremely high power - and energy desnsity.
Why not?


"...lithium-titanium compound (Li4Ti5O12) deposited on the surface of the graphene foam."

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