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The Hon Bill Johnston MLA stated today that “Launching the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre‘s precursor production pilot plant is an exciting step forward for Western Australia’s burgeoning battery materials manufacturing industry

The McGowan Government has also committed $13.2 million to facilitate global investment in precursor cathode manufacturing in WA.

Located at Curtin University in Bentley, the Australian-first pilot plant will help design and build cathode precursor manufacturing facilities on a commercial and industrial scale.

Cathode precursors are a crucial element of the battery value chain and include nickel, cobalt, manganese, graphite and lithium. Together with graphite, aluminium and copper, Western Australia produces all the elements needed for modern batteries.

The pilot plant will help educate and upskill the next generation of chemical and process engineers to support the growing battery and critical minerals industries.

To read the Minister’s statement > click here

To read about the M0533g, M0533h projects > click here

Page was last reviewed 20 July 2022

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