Novonix Limited has announced a strategic alliance with Buffalo, New York-based Harper International Corporation to develop specialized furnace technology that will enhance Novonix’s synthetic graphite manufacturing process.

This alliance specifies commitments from Novonix to purchase from Harper, and from Harper to develop and supply Novonix with proprietary systems for thermal processing material for the battery anode market. The teams at Novonix and Harper have worked together over the past year to establish a strong business relationship and a technology roadmap. Engineering and production of the first Harper-built system developed under this alliance is well underway, and installation is scheduled to begin in February 2021.

Novonix’s PUREgraphite anode material plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is ramping up capacity to 2,000 tons/year of synthetic graphite, which includes supply of an initial 500 tons to Samsung SDI, one of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery makers for electric vehicles. Novonix also has a non-binding agreement with Sanyo (a wholly owned subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation), another leading battery producer, to assess production materials from this plant.

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