Issue Date: May 5, 2014
Tesla Car Buoys Sumitomo Separators
Sumitomo Chemical will more than double its capacity for lithium-ion battery separators in Japan. The firm notes that sales of the material have benefited from the success in North America and Europe of Tesla Motors’ Model S electric car. The car uses Panasonic batteries that are made with Sumitomo separators. The separators, in turn, are fabricated out of aramid fiber and ceramic on a polyolefin substrate.
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