Mitra Chem invests in critical battery supply chains

Mitra Chem invests in critical battery supply chains

New strategic investment will fuel Mitra Chem's mission to develop, deploy and commercialize next generation higher energy density cathode materials

  • By ICN Bureau | November 13, 2023

Mitra Future Technologies, a leading innovator in North American production of lithium-ion battery materials, announced the participation of IQT, strategic investor for the U.S. national security community and its allies, in its $60M Series B equity round. IQT joins GM, TechMet Mercuria, and Zeon Ventures and a cohort of financial investors who previously announced participation in the first close of Mitra Chem's Series B. The investment will fuel Mitra Chem's mission to develop, deploy and commercialize U.S.-made iron-based cathode materials to enable the onshoring of critical battery materials for Western markets.

"Today's high energy density batteries demand large quantities of supply-constrained nickel and cobalt. Mitra Chem's proprietary machine learning-driven capabilities can significantly accelerate the lab-to-production timeline of alternative iron-based cathodes, benefitting the lithium-ion battery supply chain and supporting growing market demand for electric vehicle (EV) and grid electrification efforts," said Michael Falcon, an Investment Partner at IQT.

Mitra Chem's Lithium Iron Phosphate and Lithium Iron Manganese Phosphate cathode products are domestically produced and will offer superior safety features, reduced production costs, and have cleaner sourcing compared to traditional cathode technologies.

"Mitra Chem is not only assisting the U.S. strengthen domestic battery supply chains for today's LFP and LMFP cathodes but is also utilizing our in proprietary machine learning platform to develop and commercialize the next generation of materials that will power the batteries of tomorrow. With the support of IQT's investment, Mitra Chem is pushing to the forefront of U.S. battery materials production, ensuring U.S. energy security and technological self-sufficiency for decades to come," said Vivas Kumar, CEO of Mitra Chem.

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