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. Avi has stated in its decision that the factory meets the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act, the Waste Act, and the Nature Conservation Act. The CEO of CNGR Finland, Thorsten Lahrs, expressed his excitement about this big milestone for their company and how it will be a key competence center for the battery industry in the region.
CNGR Finland is 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 environmental permit allows for the production of approximately 60,000 tons of battery chemicals per year and energy for its own needs. Avi’s decision includes a permit according to 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 as the main raw material for electric car batteries.
There are plans to establish a factory in Kotka to produce cathode-active material, and a battery cluster is being built in Kotka–Hamina region to cover the entire value chain of battery production. Additionally, CNGR plans to establish a raw material pretreatment and recycling plant in connection with their battery material factory. The appeal period for Avi’s decision ends on March 20, 2024.