Sakuu and SK On collaborate to advance Additive Manufacturing of EV batteries

July 11, 2024

July 11, 2024

Sakuú has partnered with SK On to develop its Kavian Additive Manufacturing platform for the industrialised production of EV batteries (Courtesy Sakuú)
Sakuú has partnered with SK On to develop its Kavian Additive Manufacturing platform for the industrialised production of EV batteries (Courtesy Sakuú)

Sakuú Corporation, San Jose, California, USA, has announced a joint development agreement with EV battery supplier SK On, Seoul, South Korea. Central to the agreement is the industrialisation of the dry-process Kavian platform. The platform uses Additive Manufacturing to produce next-generation batteries, including solid-state chemistries, for commercial-scale production.

Following Sakuú’s announcement of early access to its Kavian platform in December 2023, SK On, the fifth largest battery manufacturer in the world, is among the first to partner with Sakuú in developing the platform. SK On currently operates two EV battery plants in Commerce, Georgia, and is further expanding its presence in the southern US by constructing additional EV battery plants through joint ventures with Ford Motor Co and Hyundai Motor Group.

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“We are pleased to announce this strategic partnership with Sakuú,” said Dr Rhee Jang-weon, Chief Technology Officer of SK On. “We look forward to working closely with Sakuú to accelerate innovations in the manufacturing processes for EV battery electrodes.”

Sakuú’s work in dry-process manufacturing and the Additive Manufacturing of electrodes is able to eliminate the use of solvents and enables the use of new processes in battery manufacturing that can enable cost-effective, higher-performance batteries that are also environmentally-friendly.

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“Together, SK On and Sakuú are ushering in a new era in battery manufacturing technology, advancing safety, sustainability, and innovation in battery technology,” stated Robert Bagheri, founder and CEO of Sakuú. “With Sakuú’s pioneering technology and SK On’s best-in-class EV battery manufacturing expertise, we’re addressing the core issues facing battery makers today.”

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