BASF and Toda Kogyo are strengthening  production capabilities in the US and Japan to work on e-mobility.

BASF Toda Battery Materials (BTBM), a joint venture between BASF and Toda, has now tripled its high nickel Cathode Active Materials (CAMs) capacity at its Onoda site in Japan.

BTBM was established as a BASF majority-owned joint venture in 2015 to build up production capacity. With the completion of this expansion, BTBM is now operating the world's largest calcination facility for already qualified high nickel CAMs for its growing customer base.

Furthermore, both parties announced their plan to collaborate in the US. Manufacturing facilities in Elyria, Ohio, and Battle Creek, Michigan, will be combined to form BASF Toda America (BTA). This new entity, majority owned and controlled by BASF, will support customers' needs in high energy CAMs.

"BASF and Toda anticipate the fast-growing market needs in e-mobility," said BASF Catalysts Division president, Kenneth Lane. "The further collaboration in North America supports BASF's strategy to be a global leader in the cathode materials market and reinforces BASF's commitment to explore a broad range of opportunities to accelerate our growth and expansion in battery materials."

For his part, BASF Battery Materials SVP, Jeffrey Lou, added: "With the capacity expansion in Japan, BASF becomes one of the world's leading cathode materials suppliers, further strengthening our market position in high energy cathode active materials for e-mobility applications."