On Monday morning, the regional administrative agency of Southern Finland, Avi, granted an environmental permit and a permit to start operations to Hamina’s battery material factory. The factory is set to produce approximately 60,000 tons of battery chemicals per year and energy for its own needs. The CEO of CNGR Finland, Thorsten Lahrs, stated that this environmental permit is a crucial milestone for their company and will help establish a key competence center for the battery industry in the region.
The decision by Avi states that the factory meets the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act, the Waste Act, and the Nature Conservation Act. Production at the factory is scheduled to begin in the next few years as announced by CNGR Finland. The plant will produce precursor materials used in cathodic active material production, which is used to make electric car batteries.
In addition to this factory in Hamina, there are plans for another one in Kotka to produce cathode-active material. CNGR also plans to build a battery cluster in the Kotka-Hamina region to implement battery production covering the entire value chain. Furthermore, they plan to construct a raw material pretreatment and recycling plant in connection with their new battery material factory. The appeal period for Avi’s decision ends on March 20th, 2024.
This new venture by CNGR Finland aims at establishing a strong foothold in the growing electric vehicle market by producing high-quality battery materials using sustainable practices. This move will not only boost economic growth but also contribute towards reducing carbon emissions by promoting clean energy solutions.