Elkem establishes a new company for advanced battery technology
Elkem establishes Vianode as a new company and brand dedicated to strategic growth opportunities for advanced battery materials
- The production of battery materials represents one of our biggest growth opportunities. By commissioning the industrial pilot, we have taken a significant step in preparing our products for customers. By establishing Vianode as a dedicated company for advanced battery materials, we ensure full focus on developing this business and progressing the large-scale battery plant towards a planned final investment decision in 2021, says CEO of Elkem, Michael Koenig at Elkem.com.
Next step towards large-scale production
Elkem has successfully commissioned its industrial pilot for battery materials in Kristiansand, Norway, starting industrial scale pilot production for customers. As the next step towards large-scale production, Elkem is now establishing Vianode as a new company and brand dedicated to develop and produce sustainable and high quality active anode materials to meet the needs of the exponentially growing electric vehicles marketplace.
Inviting external partners
Vianode has been established as a fully-owned subsidiary of Elkem and Elkem’s existing activities in advanced battery materials will become part of the new company. Elkem is currently inviting external industrial and financial partners to participate. Vianode is continuing its active recruitment for key positions, including the organisation for the planned facility at Herøya Industrial Park.
Vianode’s industrial pilot in Kristiansand, Norway, has already started qualification processes with several battery cell producers.