August 1, 2022

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio—Materion Corporation has established a new facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to quicken the growth of advanced chemical materials for the semiconductor and electric vehicle (EV) battery markets, the company said in a release.

The new 150,000-square-foot facility expands Materion’s capacity to produce atomic layer deposition (ALD) materials for the most sophisticated semiconductor chips. It also increases the company’s capacity to provide advanced chemicals for the development of next-generation EV battery technology. Production capabilities are expected to ramp up during the first half of 2023, according to the release

The expansion follows Materion’s 2021 acquisition of the HCS-Electronic Materials business, which added tantalum- and niobium- based materials to Materion’s portfolio of precious and non-precious metal targets, the company said.

“This expansion is in direct response to the confidence that our customers have in Materion as a critical partner in the development of game-changing technologies to advance growth aligned with these exciting megatrends,” said Materion President and CEO Jugal Vijayvargiya, in the release. “We are proud of the role that we will play in the development of the most technically advanced semiconductor chips for a wide variety of applications, as well as next-generation batteries that will support the broader adoption of electric vehicles globally.”

Materion said it is working with a number of leading battery manufacturers to develop inorganic chemicals for use in their next-generation batteries. Their work is reportedly focused on enabling longer range, faster-charging, and enhanced safety. Following a multi-year R&D partnership, one customer is reportedly funding $6 million to establish a prototype line in the new Milwaukee facility.

Materion said its relationships with next-generation battery customers are expected to further strengthen its position as a critical supplier to the automotive market. The company currently develops advanced materials for use in a wide variety of applications, including battery and electric connectors and lidar optics. Its highly engineered advanced materials include precious and non-precious specialty metals, inorganic chemicals and powders, specialty coatings, specialty engineered beryllium alloys, beryllium and beryllium composites, and engineered clad and plated metal systems, the company said.

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