A Japan-based company is considering Manitoba as a potential location for a $1.6 billion lithium-ion battery separator manufacturing facility. The facility would be situated on a parcel of city-owned land near the West End Water Pollution Control Centre. If approved, the project would provide a significant economic boost for the region and contribute to the increasing demand for electric vehicle (EV) batteries.
– The manufacturing facility would produce lithium-ion battery separators, which are crucial components in lithium-ion batteries.
– The project would be implemented in four phases, with a target completion date of 2030.
– The facility would have a 1,200 square meter manufacturing capability.
– Over 250 jobs would be created, with the potential for this number to increase if the facility operates on a 24/7 basis.
– The Japanese company is exploring Manitoba’s lithium deposits, which could potentially be a source of supply for the facility.
The proposed facility could have a significant impact on Manitoba’s economy, as it would contribute to the growing demand for electric vehicle batteries. The province has a rich supply of lithium, which could be used in the production of these batteries. Additionally, Manitoba’s low energy costs from hydroelectric power make it an attractive location for such a facility.
If the project goes ahead, it could be a major milestone for Manitoba’s economy and its emerging electric vehicle battery industry. The province’s central location and skilled labor force make it a prime candidate for attracting further investment and opportunities in this sector. By working with business leaders and attracting investment, the government is committed to economic growth and job creation in the region.