Supercharging Australia’s local battery manufacturing capabilities

A new Cathode Precursor Production Pilot Plant will enhance Australia’s on-shore battery manufacturing.

The Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) launched its flagship project on 11th July 2022 in Perth with Cobalt Blue CEO (Joe Kaderavek) and Executive Manager (Dr Andrew Tong) in attendance. Cobalt Blue and the Broken Hill Cobalt Project are strategic partners in the initiative, which is backed by 19 industry, research, and Government participants.

The launch represents a major step in Australia’s journey to expand its presence throughout the global battery value chain.

Dr Andrew Tong says: “It is exciting to be part of the nascent Australian Battery Industry, with direct involvement in the production of NCM cathode precursor using exclusively Australian raw materials.”

Cathode precursors are precisely engineered materials, the highest cost component of a cell, and a crucial element of the battery value chain.

The first of its kind in Australia, the new purpose-built facility will establish the technology and capabilities for Australia to design and build cathode precursor manufacturing facilities on a commercial and industrial scale.

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