NEC Plans to Boost Production of Electrodes Used in Lithium-Ion Batteries

NEC Corp., Japan’s largest maker of personal computers, plans to increase fivefold its capacity to produce electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to meet demand for environmentally friendly technologies.

NEC will use a Japanese government subsidy to boost the production capacity at its plant in Sagamihara, west of Tokyo, to 10 million kilowatt-hours by the end of 2012 from more than 2 million kilowatt-hours in the year to March 31, 2011, the Tokyo- based company said on its website today.

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will provide 110 billion yen ($1.3 billion) in subsidies to fund 153 projects of companies including Toyota Motor Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. as part of a plan to create jobs that help reduce emissions, according to a statement today on its website.

NEC fell 0.4 percent to 246 yen at the 3 p.m. close of trading in Tokyo. The shares have gained 2.9 percent this year.

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