Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc., Saint-Michel-des-Saints, QC, has secured a site at Bécancour, QC, where the company is building out a purification operation at Olin Corp.’s facility. The move-in-ready space is expected to allow Nouveau Monde Graphite to begin production of high-purity spheronized and flake graphite, which will be used for lithium-ion batteries by mid-2021. The facility is expected to have a capacity of 1,500 metric tons (1,653 tons) annually in the first phase of the facility’s operation. The operation follows the company’s vertical integration model and effort to be part of the mine-to-market battery material value chain for electric vehicles (EVs). The graphite product can also be used in other fuel cells and 5G heat dissipation foils.

The company has also secured land for an expansion next to the current operation at the Bécan-cour industrial park. The location has rail, port, and road access for both importing raw materials and exporting final products throughout North America and Europe. Noveau Monde Graphite is developing a fully integrated source of green battery anode material with plans to have a full-scale commercial operation by 2023. The company plans to have low-cost operations and high environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards.