Hitachi Chemical Co will increase its production capacity for industrial lead-acid batteries by next January by expanding facilities of the subsidiary company Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co.
Some US$12 750000 (one billion yen) will be spent on constructing a building with a new assembly line at Shin-Kobe's Nabari Works in Mie Prefecture, the main site making lead-acid batteries. It is estimated cell production capacity is likely to increase by 50%.
The site will make back-up power source batteries, the LL-W series of which demand is growing for in offices and factories at risk of power failures. Joining 192 LL-W batteries together can produce 40kw of electricity for around ten hours.
Shin-Kobe Co. accounts for roughly 30% of the domestic market for industrial lead-acid batteries. The LL-W products claim a battery life of 17 years, one of the world's longest, and are a fraction of the cost of a lithium-ion counterpart.