Altech opens R&D center and offices in Germany – Aluminum Insider
Australian innovator Altech Chemicals Ltd. and its subsidiary Altech Industries Germany GmbH (AIG) announced last week the opening of an office and research and development facility at the DOCK3 industrial development center in the Schwarze Pumpe industrial park in Saxony, Germany.
The company said in a press release that the event brought together several business representatives and government officials, including mayors from two neighboring municipalities.
Altech was awarded a three-year lease for the property in May, which included office space and two of twelve bays of a workshop / warehouse complex at DOCK3 IDC. These facilities are directly adjacent to a 34-acre parcel on which Altech has an option to purchase at a later date.
The company plans to open an advanced battery materials research and development facility at the DOCK3 IDC site, where it will continue its research into coating anode materials with high purity alumina. Altech is currently working on a preliminary feasibility study, which at this stage assumes a one-phase coating plant capable of coating 10,000 tpa (35 tpd) of anode grade graphite per year.
Ultimately, Altech intends to accelerate large-scale commercial production of its proprietary battery material coating technology at the site in Germany.
Altech Chemicals is based in Subiaco, Western Australia, and is attempting to implement a marketable process to deliver 99.99% (4N) HPA using conventional equipment at a lower production cost than currently available methods. It plans to build a 4,500-tonne-per-year HPA plant at the Tanjung Langsat Industrial Complex in Johor, Malaysia, which will use kaolin clay from a company-owned mine in Meckering, Western Australia. The company is ramping up HPA production due to an agreement with Mitsubishi for 100% of its proposed HPA production for ten years.