September 13, 2018: Battery separator company Daramic is expanding its separator facility in France by 15% in response to growing demand, president Bryan Moorehead told BESB on September 13.
“We are responding to the growth of the EFB market in Europe and to service our partners there and in the Middle East and Africa, we are going to increase our capacity by 15% in Europe,” he said.
“We have a very broad product portfolio but our focus in Europe is on the growth of the EFB market, with start-stop systems not only in Europe but throughout the world along with CO2 regulations.
“EVs will also certainly have a place in the market but if you look at start-stop technology that’s a very large population of vehicles that’s growing around the world. There will certainly be a need in that market for years to come.”
Moorehead said the new expanded plant in France, where the company owned ‘a lot of land’, was likely to be completed by the end of the calendar year.
During the Asian Battery Conference in Kuala Lumpur a year ago, Moorehead announced it was expanding production in three Asian countries — China, Thailand and India — over three years, with an investment of more than $50 million.
Daramic is an Asahi Kasei company and says it is the world’s leading manufacturer of polyethylene battery separators for lead acid batteries in automotive, industrial and specialty applications.