📩 05/02/2023 11:54
Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank made examinations at Europe's first and only cylindrical lithium-ion battery production facility, established by ASPİLSAN Energy with an investment of 1,5 billion liras, which was officially opened by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
According to the statement made by the Ministry, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank examined the first and only cylindrical lithium-ion battery production facility in Europe, established by ASPİLSAN Energy with an investment of 1,5 billion liras, which was officially opened by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Noting that the energy industry has undergone a major transformation, Minister Varank said, "We want to make Turkey an important player in the battery industry and storage technologies." said.
Minister Varank, who made inspections on lithium battery production lines, was accompanied by AK Party Group Deputy Chairman Mustafa Elitaş, former Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yıldız and plant officials.
Minister Varank, who said that the energy industry is going through a great change and transformation, said, “There is a very serious transformation in the energy sector, especially with the electrification of automobiles. Lithium-ion batteries are also very important players in this transformation. We support investments in terms of lithium-ion batteries in Turkey. We supported this investment of ASPİLSAN with our incentives.” he said.
“He will be an important player”
Saying that Turkey's automobile Togg, along with Farasis, has rolled up its sleeves for an automobile-oriented battery investment in Turkey, Minister Varank said, “Again, the global Ford company has announced that it will make a battery investment in Turkey. In addition, different companies are currently investing in storage technologies in Turkey. We want to make Turkey an important player in the battery industry and storage technologies.” used the phrases.
“24 thousand units production”
Stating that ASPİLSAN is a facility established with technology transfer, Minister Varank said, “They developed the technology together with their partners in Korea and they are currently producing here. The 18.650 model can produce 24 thousand of these batteries per day at this facility, and they are currently increasing production. There are productions that switch from single shift to 2 shifts. We will continue to work to make Turkey an important player in this field.” said.
“Raw material from Turkey”
Stating that most of the raw materials used in batteries are currently found in Turkey as mines, Minister Varank noted that with the extraction of these mines and the use of purification technologies here, we can actually make these batteries a state in which the technology is developed by ourselves and the raw materials are developed and produced by ourselves in the future.
“An indispensable element”
Minister Varank, who said that as the Ministry of Industry and Technology, will support this industry, said, “Because right now, electrification is a very important and indispensable element, especially electric cars. Hopefully, we will see more players in the coming period and we will see that ASPİLSAN produces different models of batteries with different capabilities.” made his comment.
“The largest battery manufacturer”
ASPİLSAN Energy was founded in 1981. Operating in the energy, defense industry and aerospace sectors, the company became the first company in Europe to mass-produce lithium-ion rechargeable 18650 cylindrical batteries. ASPİLSAN, which also produces aircraft/helicopter battery systems in Turkey's first and only Ni-Cd chemistry, is Turkey's largest battery manufacturer.
“19 percent of turnover goes to R&D”
ASPİLSAN continues to work with 273 personnel. Targeting a turnover of 2023 million dollars and an export of 44,8 million dollars in 13,2, the company allocated 2002 percent of its turnover to R&D in 19. ASPİLSAN, which has benefited from 163 million liras from project-based incentives to date, aims to produce cells of prismatic type, Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) chemistry, 3.2 V voltage and 100 Ah capacity in the upcoming period.
“President Erdogan opened it”
The foundation of the Li-ion Cylindrical Battery Production facility, which is ASPİLSAN's new investment, was laid in October 2020 in Mimarsinan OSB. The facility became operational in January 2022. Mass production of Turkey's and the region's first lithium-ion battery started at the end of June 2022. The official opening of the facility was held in July 2022 with the Collective Opening Ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Kayseri.
All rights belong to Turkey
All intellectual and industrial property rights of the lithium-ion batteries that have started to be produced belong to ASPİLSAN, that is, Turkey. The batteries produced at the facility can operate at minus 30 degrees Celsius. Batteries with Nickel-rich Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide in their chemistry are rechargeable. The produced cylindrical batteries can be used especially in the defense industry, in radios, and in any portable system. Cylindrical batteries also find a place for themselves in the civilian sphere. Cylindrical batteries are used in many areas from vacuum cleaners to electric bicycles, from telecommunications to electric vehicles.