SK IE Technology (SKIET), the material business subsidiary of SK Innovation, held an opening ceremony on Oct. 6 (local time) for lithium-ion battery separator plant in Silesia Province, Poland, the company’s first European production base.
SKIET’s first plant in Poland has completed after about 21 months of construction. It is expected to kick off commercial operation in the fourth quarter of this year, after mechanical completion in June and test operation that started in August.
It makes SKIET the first company ever to gain a production foothold for lithium-ion battery separators in Europe, the largest global EV market. The amount of production is enough to be mounted to 300,000 electric vehicles, and the products will be supplied to global battery companies such as SK On.
The opening ceremony for the first plant was held in Silesia Province, Poland, and joined high-ranking officials and related business figures including SK IE Technology CEO Rho Jae-sok, Ambassador Sun Mira of the Republic of Korea in Poland, Polish Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Technology Grzegorz Piechowiak and the Export-Import Bank of Korea CEO Bang Moon-kyu.
“I’m very delighted that the construction of SKIET’s Polish separator production plant has completed,” said the Polish Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Technology Grzegorz Piechowiak.
“As SKIET produces lithium-ion battery separators, indispensable materials for EV batteries for the first time in Poland, EU, I expect it will both attain the growth of the company and the invigoration of the European EV market,” said SKIET CEO Rho Jae-sok.