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   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 conditions.

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 meters



          
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