China overtakes Japan as leading separator producer amid auto surge

China has overtaken Japan as the world’s leading producer of battery separators amid strong demand from lithium-ion batteries used in cars.

The country’s incredible surge in production of low emissions vehicles in 2015 has seen it overtake in the US as the leading producer with annual growth of 290% compared to 2014.

China is expected to top 250,000 vehicles by the time the numbers are published in January 2016, with the US market due to reach 180,000 this year.

As a result, it is unsurprising that demand for key components that make an automotive lithium . . .

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