Himadri invests mn for stake in Australia battery tech firm

01 Jun 2023

On Wednesday, Himadri Speciality Chemical announced that it has purchased a 12.79 percent ownership in Sicona Battery Technologies Pty Ltd for AUD 10.32 million.

According to Himadri, a specialty chemicals company, Sicona is a Sydney-based company with a technology used in the anodes (negative electrodes) of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used for transportation and storing renewable energy.

According to Sicona, an Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM)-developed silicon- composite battery anode materials technology has been commercialised.

Comparing the technology to traditional graphite anodes, it offers a capacity increase of 50% to 100%. According to Himadri, its anode materials can produce a cell energy density that is more than 50% higher than that of conventional Li-ion batteries.

Sicona's board of directors will contain two nominated directors from Himadri.

"It gives us great pleasure to own a portion of Sicona Battery Technologies. Anurag Choudhary, chairman & managing director of Himadri Speciality Chemical, stated that Sicona's innovative research and highly efficient, scalable manufacturing method for silicon anodes fully fit our strategic goals.

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