SDK Group Expanded Production Lines for LIB Packaging Laminates

SDK Group Expanded Production Lines for LIB Packaging Laminates 
- The Group Is Ready to Respond to the Expansion of LIB Market - 
Tokyo, July 8, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) -  Showa Denko Packaging Co., Ltd., a
subsidiary of Showa Denko K.K. (SDK), completed the expansion work of its
production capacity for aluminum laminated films used for packaging lithium ion
batteries (LIBs) at its Hikone Plant in Shiga Prefecture, and started mass
production with the expanded lines in this July. 
Showa Denko Packaging is offering its aluminum laminated film - a composite
material of resin film and aluminum foil - for packaging LIBs. Compared with
metallic LIBs (either cylindrical type or prism type),
aluminum-laminated-film-based pouch type LIBs provide higher flexibility in
molding, lighter weight, and better heat dissipation. 
The market for aluminum laminated films used for LIB packaging is expected to
amount to about 25 billion yen in 2015, twice the scale of market in 2012.
Specifically, demand for small LIBs is growing due to the growth of smart
devices such as smartphones and tablets. Demand for large LIBs is also expected
to grow due to the progress in the electrification of cars, typically
represented by hybrid or electric cars' increasing share. 
As a result of this expansion work, Showa Denko Packaging's production
capacity for aluminum laminated films has been increased to be 3 times as much
as that in 2010. 
The Showa Denko Group classifies LIB materials business into the "New
Growth" category of its business portfolio specified in the ongoing medium
term consolidated business plan "PEGASUS Phase II". Thus, in the
market for aluminum laminated films used for LIB, the Group will work to
maintain its leading market share and further improve the product quality, and
will aim to ensure stable supply of its products to meet the growing demand for
LIBs. 
About Showa Denko 
Showa Denko K.K. ('SDK'; TSE: 4004, US: SHWDF) is a major
manufacturer and marketer of chemical products serving a wide range of fields
ranging from heavy industry to the electronic and computer industries. SDK
makes petrochemicals (ethylene, propylene), aluminum products (ingots, rods),
electronic equipment (hard disks for computers) and inorganic materials
(ceramics, carbons). The company has overseas operations and a joint venture
with Netherlands-based Montell and Nippon Petrochemicals to make and market
polypropylenes. In March 2001, SDK merged with Showa Denko Aluminum Corporation
to strengthen the high-value-added fabricated aluminum products operations, and
is today developing next-generation optical communications-use wafers. For more
information, please visit www.sdk.co.jp . 
Contact: 
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK)
Public Relations Office
Phone: +81-3-5470-3235 
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