Date: 26th Mar 2010
Panasonic's new Lithium-Ion battery plant
to produce 100 million batteries per year
Panasonic has completed its new lithium-ion battery production
facility in Suminoe, Osaka City.
Panasonic states global demand for lithium-ion batteries
is expected to reach 3.2 trillion yen, more than five times
the current level, by the fiscal year ending March 2019.Lithium
batteries are not only popular in portable computers and
consumer electronics gadgets but also finding more use in
industrial power applications such as automotives, and other
battery operated high power applications including solar
power systems used in homes.
This new manufacturing facility will now begin mass production
of battery cells this April starting with an initial capacity
of 10 million units per month during the first year of operations.
Panasonic plans to gradually increase the production capacity
up to 25 million per month (300 million units per year)
during the first phase, taking into consideration market
This new factory is rated a high A-class grade with quality
safety management system to prevent fire. An advanced water
purification technology is employed to enable 100% recycling
of waste water created from manufacturing processes.
The area of the factory is approximately 111,000 square
meters with a floor space of approximately 94,000 square