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Yuasa expanding production capacity for Lithium-ion batteries

GS Yuasa is set to expand production capacity of its Lithium-ion battery technology to meet increased demand.

An OE supplier to some of the world’s top vehicle marques, the battery manufacturer said it has seen increased demand for its Lithium-ion battery technology as the automotive industry accelerates to embrace hybrid technology ahead of ever-stricter emissions regulations.

As well as strengthening existing production lines at the Blue Energy Co, a joint venture between GS Yuasa and Honda, the battery maker announced plans to build a second plant, a move which will see production capacity increasing by over 50 per cent by 2023.

James Hylton, managing director at GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd said: “This announcement is hugely exciting for us – electrification is no longer an emerging technology, it’s now seen as a viable solution to the growing climate issue.

“To be able to meet increased demand is of paramount importance to us. We’ve seen significant growth within the automotive sector over the last few years as manufacturers work towards meeting ever-stringent regulations – this announcement will ensure we’re able to meet that increased demand.”

GS Yuasa established Blue Energy in 2009 as a joint venture tasked with the development, production and sale of high-performance Lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles. To date, Blue Energy has provided a steady supply of batteries installed in more than one million hybrids. This impressive track record and Blue Energy’s advanced technological capabilities are contributing to the popularisation of environment-friendly vehicles.