Ionway to locate its first production plant in Nysa, Poland
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Ionway to locate its first production plant in Nysa, Poland

Umicore and PowerCo, backed joint venture IONWAY, scales up EU footprint in the e-mobility business

  • By ICN Bureau | October 09, 2023

The newly founded Brussels-based European EV battery materials producer IONWAY has chosen to build its first CAM production plant in Nysa, Poland, adjacent to Umicore’s existing CAM plant. The JV, backed by Umicore and Volkswagen Group-owned PowerCo, is scaling up the EU footprint in the e-mobility business with the ambition to grow its annual production capacity to 160 GWh by the end of the decade, corresponding to 2.2 million battery-electric vehicles, based on market developments. IONWAY will thus help the European Union achieve its Green Deal ambitions by accelerating the establishment of regional, sustainable, and transparent battery value chains.

“We are excited with today’s announcement, as it marks the operational first step of IONWAY and an important step in the expansion of Umicore’s European local-for-local integrated battery materials value chain,” said Mathias Miedreich, CEO of Umicore.

PowerCo-CPO Jörg Teichmann, adds: “IONWAY gives both PowerCo and Umicore a significant first-mover advantage in the fast-growing e-mobility market in Europe. PowerCo has now co-created what it was looking for: a battery materials supplier to secure and build-up manufacturing capacity for reliable and cost-competitive precursor and cathode material production based on responsibly sourced raw materials.”

The Polish government strongly supports the investment in Nysa - which is expected to create about 900 future-proof industry jobs in Nysa towards the end of the decade - and is offering IONWAY € 350 million in cash grants under the Temporary Crisis and Transition Framework for a total investment of up to € 1.7 billion (€ 1.35 billion after grants) by the end of the decade.

“We are thankful for the Polish government’s support in IONWAY’s choice for Nysa. The strategic location of the joint venture’s battery materials plants in Poland, right next to Umicore’s own battery materials plant, which is still unique in Europe, will further enable the transition to electric driving that is truly sustainable,” added Mathias Miedreich, CEO of Umicore.

Preparation of the site, engineering and permitting are ongoing and construction will start soonest once the permitting process is completed. Production of the plant is expected to begin as soon as construction is completed, while PowerCo´s CAM demand for the Salzgitter cell gigafactory is secured from the existing production capacity of Umicore in Nysa in time for its start of production in 2025.

IONWAY’s choice for Nysa and Poland is based on their strategic location with access to renewable energy sources to power the plant’s production as well as a skilled workforce, and follows the support from the Polish government. Moreover, the production facility will benefit from Umicore’s nearby CAM knowhow in Nysa and easy access to raw materials from Umicore’s refining operations in Finland.

"Today’s launch of IONWAY signals PowerCo and Umicore’s commitment to sustainable progress that makes electric cars affordable for everybody, starting now,” Thomas Jansseune, CEO of IONWAY, said.

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