March 9, 2023

ARLANXEO Announces Upgrades to Changzhou Battery Lab to Promote New Mobility with Energy Storage Solutions

Changzhou, March 9, 2023 - ARLANXEO, a global leader in performance elastomers, today announced the launch of a new pouch cell line for developing innovative synthetic rubber solutions in lithium-ion batteries. The upgrades were safely completed at the Changzhou battery lab in China, enhancing local R&D capabilities and reinforcing ARLANXEO’s commitment to accelerating advanced applications for new energy technologies.

Driven by sustainable development goals, the demand for high-end battery applications for electric vehicles continues to increase. In response to this demand, ARLANXEO has accelerated its innovation of new mobility applications to meet demand for safer and more sustainable energy storage solutions.

“ARLANXEO is committed to providing premium rubber products and delivering innovative products in China, which remains one of our most important strategic markets. With our newly upgraded battery lab, we are in a position to add value to our customers through the co-development of cutting-edge battery solutions, whilst also contributing to the overall upgrade of the new energy industry”, said Hong Sun, Managing Director at ARLANXEO China.

With this new pouch cell line placed in an ultra-dry space (<0.1% relative humidity at 23C), ARLANXEO now has the capability to simulate industrial battery manufacturing for high-quality soft pack lithium-ion batteries, evaluating their performance and quality according to application needs. The upgraded battery lab has also been set up to evaluate the production requirements of high nickel ternary materials, allowing for the testing of all-solid-state batteries. This can support the development of batteries with better energy density, safety, and sustainability. These batteries can be used for vehicle power batteries, small power batteries for two-wheeled vehicles, digital batteries, and other applications.

“With this upgraded battery laboratory, we now have a state-of-the-art platform for the evaluation of our advanced synthetic rubber products in battery applications. This investment is a direct response to the new mobility market demand for innovative elastomer solutions. In addition, we will continue to collaborate with customers to develop improved thermal management capability and improved noise and vibration control. At ARLANXEO, we are confident that our upgraded lab will lead to advancements in new mobility applications,” said Herman Dikland, Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer at ARLANXEO.

As a vital component of ARLANXEO’s Regional Technical Centre (RTC) in Asia, the Changzhou battery lab is an important hub to facilitate collaboration with customers and industry partners to accelerate the introduction of innovative elastomer solutions for improved battery stability, capacity, and performance, at reduced costs. 

ARLANXEO is one of the world's largest producers of synthetic rubber and a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, a leading producer of energy and chemicals. It develops, produces and markets high-performance rubbers with a presence at more than 12 production sites in 9 countries and 7 innovation centers around the world. Its products are used for a wide range of applications: from the automotive and tire industries to the electrical, construction and oil and gas industries. For more information, please visit Follow us on LinkedIn.

Following the establishment of ARLANXEO in April 2016, ARLANXEO officially commenced operations in China on August 1, 2016. Headquartered in Changzhou, ARLANXEO has a staff of around 370 employees in China, with production facilities in Changzhou and Nantong, in addition to a sales and administration office in Shanghai. ARLANXEO is also a partner of a joint venture with TSRC Corporation located in Nantong.

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