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The Decatur County facility will produce 44,000+ tons per year of synthetic graphite anode material for lithium-ion batteries and create hundreds of clean-energy jobs.

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May 17, 2023

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Anovion's anode-grade synthetic graphite.Image courtesy of Anovion Technologies

Anovion Technologies, a supplier of premium synthetic graphite anode materials, has announced that the company’s first large-scale expansion of manufacturing capacity for production of its premium synthetic graphite anode materials will be in Decatur County in Southwest Georgia. Anovion chose this location for its initial 1,500,000 square-foot facility based on its proximity to existing and planned low- and carbon-free energy sources for power, short supply chains, access to existing rail infrastructure, highly valuable skilled workforce, and business-friendly environment.

“Anovion conducted a thorough search to identify a location that addressed our energy, transportation, logistics, and human capital needs that would ensure we have the ecosystem in place to produce the highest quality and sustainable synthetic graphite anode material on the market today,” stated Eric Stopka, Chief Executive Officer of Anovion. “Not only does existing infrastructure make Southwest Georgia an attractive location for Amotion’s new facility, but the proximity to other battery and EV manufacturing plants will allow us to further reduce our carbon footprint.”

In October 2022, Anovion was awarded a grant totaling $117 million from the US Department of Energy under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help secure the domestic battery manufacturing supply chain for the country’s electrified future. This new expansion facility, which will be the first of this scale in North America, is a crucial first step to reshoring synthetic graphite anode production. It’s expected to initially produce more than 44,000 tons per year once fully operational and create hundreds of high-quality local clean energy jobs for the surrounding region.

Leading with sustainability

Anovion will bring its innovative, sustainable, and technologically advanced manufacturing process to this new facility. This includes relying on the region’s rapidly decarbonizing energy mix to power the manufacturing process and introducing the company’s proprietary furnace technologies, which not only substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also lays out a clear roadmap for Anovion to achieve a carbon-neutral footprint over time.

“Our long-term, strategic vision is to focus on growth and innovation, positioning Anovion as a leader in the US energy transition and, equally importantly, securing a domestic source for these critical materials required for US lithium-ion battery production,” stated Chip Dunn, Executive Chairman of Anovion. “From continued research and development in electrochemistry to technology improvements in our production process and our ambitious climate tech initiatives, our goal is to become carbon-neutral over time, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and ultimately position Anovion as the climate tech leader of the future.”

In addition to efforts in Georgia, the Company is expanding its Anovion Center of Excellence and its hydro-powered, sister manufacturing facility near Niagara Falls, NY—notably one of the only qualified US sources of battery-grade synthetic graphite that is commercially shipping product today.

About Anovion Technologies: Headquartered in Chicago, Anovion Technologies is a US-owned and US-based advanced materials business, currently one of America’s first commercial-scale manufacturers of premium, cleaner anode-grade synthetic graphite across its existing footprint near Niagara Falls, NY, and Clarksburg, WV. Anovion began commercial production in early 2021 and is among a limited number of graphite anode producers in America to have successfully gained qualification for EV applications. To learn more about Anovion Technologies, visit www.anoviontech.com.

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