14 February 2019: Lead battery separator company Daramic has expanded its production lines in China and Thailand, the company announced on February 11.
Daramic has three plants in China, and has added a manufacturing line to its Tianjin facility, which will double capacity, chief operating officer Chad Schuchmann said.
“Local production allows supply to customers in this region without additional costs associated with tariffs on goods shipped into the country,” he said.
The Thai expansion took place at its Prachinburi plant, where a new line will increase capacity by 20%.
In 2017, Daramic opened another plant in Gujarat, India, ‘to meet the rapid growth in that area as well’.
“The expansions will support the growing demand of many customers, primarily in Asia, and enable Daramic to better balance operations globally to supply customers regionally,” said Schuchmann.
“Capacity from other Daramic locations that was utilized to meet Asian demand can now be diverted to support customers in other global regions.”
Daramic, which invented the polyethylene separator, is a subsidiary of Polypore International, an Asahi Kasei company.
Daramic has 14 manufacturing operations and service centres in six countries.