On Monday morning, the regional administrative agency of Southern Finland, Avi, granted an environmental permit and a permit to start operations to Hamina’s battery material factory. This decision marks a significant milestone for CNGR Finland, a joint venture established in May 2022 with 60 percent ownership by Chinese CNGR Advanced Material and 40 percent ownership by Suomen Malmijalostus Oy. The factory is expected to produce approximately 60,000 tons of battery chemicals per year and energy for its own needs.
The CEO of the company, Thorsten Lahrs, stated that the environmental permit is crucial for the formation of a key competence center for the battery industry in the region. The decision from Avi includes a permit in accordance with the Water Act and defines emission limit values for waste water and exhaust gases. The factory will produce the precursor of cathodic active material, which is used to make the main raw material for electric car batteries.
There are plans for a factory in the Kotka area to produce cathode-active material, and a battery cluster is being built in the Kotka–Hamina region to implement battery production covering the entire value chain. In addition, CNGR also plans a raw material pretreatment and recycling plant in connection with the battery material factory. The appeal period for Avi’s decision ends on March 20, 2024.