SK IE Technology (SKIET), the material business subsidiary of SK Innovation, has held an opening ceremony for a lithium-ion battery separator plant in Silesia Province, Poland, the company’s first European production base.

SKIET’s first plant in Poland was completed after 21 months of construction.

It is expected to start commercial operations in the fourth quarter of this year, after mechanical completion in June and tests in August.

Production is enough for 300,000 electric vehicles and the products will be supplied to global battery companies such as SK On.

“When the fourth plant is completed, SKIET’s Polish facility will be SK Group’s largest separator plant that can create about 1,000 new jobs,” said Polish Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Grzegorz Piechowiak.

Along with the first plant, a second factory with a 340m2 production capacity is in construction and aims to be ready for commercial operation by 2023. The third and fourth plants with respective 430m mcapacity, broke ground last July.

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It is anticipated the global production capacity of SKIET, encompassing South Korea, China, and Europe, will reach a total of 2,730m m2.