1st in Canada, $1.6B EV battery separator plant to open in Ontario, in 2027

Sathia Kumar

Initial conceptual image rendering of Asahi Kasei’s seperator plant in Port Colborne. Photo: Asahi Kasei

Asahi Kasei Corp., a Japanese company, is investing $1.6 billion to establish Canada’s first lithium-ion battery separator plant in Port Colborne, Ontario. This plant, a key component of Honda’s $15 billion investment in Ontario’s electric vehicle supply chain, will be located on 200 acres of land and is expected to be operational by 2027.

The federal government will support this project through Clean Technology Manufacturing investment tax credits, while the Ontario government will provide $2.5 billion in direct and indirect incentives. This investment, the largest in Port Colborne’s history, is expected to create significant job opportunities in the region.

Asahi Kasei chose Canada for this project due to the support from all levels of government and the availability of skilled workforce. The plant will manufacture battery separators, a critical component for electric vehicle batteries, and contribute to Honda’s Alliston EV plant’s supply chain.

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