POSCO Chemical acquires 15% stake in Chinese synthetic graphite company

By Lim Chang-won Posted : November 10, 2021, 16:08 Updated : November 10, 2021, 16:08

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SEOUL -- POSCO Chemical, a leading company in coal chemistry and carbon materials, will acquire a 15 percent stake in the Chinese producer of synthetic graphite anode materials for electric vehicle batteries. The investment is aimed at securing a production base to cope with growing demands for synthetic graphite in the global battery market.

In a regulatory filing on November 10, POSCO Chemical said its board approved the proposed investment of 26.1 billion won ($22 million) in Inner Mongolia Sinuo New Material Technology. The subsidiary of South Korea's steel group POSCO was given exclusive rights to selling products to domestic battery makers.

Lithium-ion batteries work by passing lithium ions between a graphite anode and a lithium cobalt oxide cathode. Graphite is widely used for relatively low cost, abundance, high energy density, and a long cycle of life. Compared to natural graphite, synthetic graphite has a stable crystal structure to enhance the performance of batteries. POSCO Chemical is building production facilities for synthetic graphite materials in the southeastern industrial port of Pohang.

The steel group regards battery materials as its next growth engine. POSCO chairman Choi Jeong-woo has presented the goal of becoming a top player in the global battery material market by completing a value chain.
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