Hanwha Corporation has won another order for battery production equipment from Samsung SDI, TheElec has learned.
The company will supply electrode equipment for the South Korean battery maker’s factory at Xi’an, China.
It is Hanwha’s second deal with Samsung SDI to supply battery production equipment.
The company had previous supplied equipment for Samsung SDI’s factory at Goed, Hungary.
The latest deal will have Hanwha supply coaters, roll pressers and slitters.
The company had previously supplied only coaters to Samsung SDI’s factory at Hungary.
The precise amount of the latest contract isn’t known but is thought to be worth tens of billions of wons as Samsung SDI’s Xi’an factory has a capacity of around 5GWh.
Samsung SDI has been reorganizing its supply chain for battery production equipment since last year and is giving work to certain companies, a person familiar with the matter said. This is being done for efficiency and cost control, they said.
Hanwha Corporation’s machine business unit manufacturers battery production equipment.
A company spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.
Samsung SDI started operation of its factory at Xi’an in October 2015. It has three production lines that manufacture prismatic batteries.
The company is upgrading the facility __ it is changing the equipment for mixing and electrode processes. It is changing its mixing equipment from 1,000 liter capacity to 2,000 capacity. It is changing its electrode equipment to those for high speed and wide width.
Hanwha has been strengthening its battery equipment business since 2019 to offer kits for the front-end and back-end of battery production.
It has secured Tesla as a customer its back-end equipment.