Air Products will supply on-site nitrogen to POSCO Chemical’s new anode material manufacturing site being built in South Korea, the US industrial gas giant said today.

POSCO Chemical, an affiliate of the largest integrated steelmaker in Korea POSCO Group, awarded Air Products the contract for the site being built in Sejong.

“We are honoured to be selected once again by POSCO Chemical as they ramp up their production capacity to capture the rapidly growing secondary battery market,” said Kyo-Yung Kim, President of Air Products Korea.

“It reflects our strategic customer’s continued confidence in our safety, reliability and operational excellence.”

“Fuelled by environmental and energy trends, the outlook of Korea’s secondary battery industry is promising, with applications in both electric vehicles and energy storage systems on the rise.”

“Our ongoing commitment to this burgeoning market aligns with Air Products’ higher purpose and strategic focus on energy, environment and emerging markets.”

Air Products has been supplying pipeline oxygen to POSCO Chemical’s cathode material manufacturing site in Gumi, and will supply onsite oxygen and nitrogen to its new cathode material production line in Gwangyang.

Anode materials are paired with cathode materials in secondary batteries and are critical for battery performance.

These materials are commonly used for devices such as mobile phones, consumer devices, energy storage systems, golf carts, electric bicycles and electric vehicles.