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Energizing the future: Inside the innovations of Kansai Catalyst

Article - January 22, 2024

With a strong foothold in the Japanese chemical industry, Kansai Catalyst is charting a more diverse course towards international success.

“With over fifty years of battery material expertise and a commitment to quality, we lead in the chemical industry’s technological advancements."

Yoshiki Minoura, President, Kansai Catalyst Co., Ltd.

Despite the challenges from regional competitors, Japanese chemical manufacturer Kansai Catalyst is thriving, focusing on highly functional and specialized chemicals.

In addition to the characteristic battery materials, Kansai Catalyst's versatility extends to electronic components, catalysts, and surface treatments, catering to the distinct requirements of these sectors, and quality remains a fundamental commitment.

"Japanese chemical companies have a high level of experience in quality control," president Yoshiki Minoura says, also pointing to the key role played by collaboration with customers, exchanging ideas and specialized knowledge.

Kansai Catalyst aims to cultivate a global clientele base across Asia, the United States, and Europe. And in the face of critical lithium-ion battery material shortages, the mission around augmenting recycled material utilization, with Mr. Minoura anticipating "substantial advancements in recycling by 2025".

Kansai Catalyst's spheroidizing technology allows it to produce high-density nickel hydroxide and composite hydroxide, meeting diverse battery design requirements. And its R&D also targets new functional materials, such as luminescent ones with potential applications in power outages and security.

Being actively involved in the Electronic Components Industry, especially functional materials, as well as the field of battery technology, allows Kansai Catalyst to further explore those international opportunities, adapting to the dynamic markets.

And with that in mind, Mr. Minoura's objective for the future is to chart a new core trajectory beyond batteries.

" Aside from the technological evolution in battery materials, I envision a transformative shift and my goal is to establish another pivotal axis for our business, diversifying our strategic landscape."