SK Nexilis Announces Its First Overseas Investment in Malaysia
SABAH, 26 JANUARY 2021 – SK Nexilis, a copper foil producer for electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer SKC, has announced its first overseas production base to be in KKIP Industrial Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
With proposed investments of approximately South Korean Won (KRW) 650 billion (RM2.3 billion), the Company looks to construct a copper foil manufacturing facility with an annual production capacity of 50,000 tons.
The facility’s construction will tentatively begin in the first half of 2021 and commercial operations to kickstart by 2023. Once in operations, the new facility will increase SK Nexilis’ copper foil production capacity by three times its current global capacity to about 100,000 tons.
SK Nexilis boasts of as world No.1 technology in manufacturing copper foil for batteries. The Company has an industry reputation for building among the best copper foil factories.
YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) welcomed the Company’s announcement, “The Government is pleased that a subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company has chosen Malaysia as its first overseas investment location. This is one of the many success stories where MIDA has facilitated to bring quality investments into the country. As a global leader in thin-tech innovation for copper foil manufacturing, we believe SK Nexilis’ presence will attract more investors to complete Malaysia’s EV battery manufacturing supply chain network, making us a hub for high precision and high quality copper foil for niche applications.”
“Indeed, this investment will also boost Malaysia’s talent network and capabilities through initiatives with domestic universities and technical institutes. Despite the ongoing pandemic, MIDA continues to draw high technology investment such as these into the country to provide tangible opportunities for innovation and local supply chain development. This is value creation which will boost our local industry’s ecosystem and competitiveness,” added Dato’ Seri Azmin.
The Company has already improved productivity by enhancing its fourth (4th) factory facility in the Korea, which began its commercial operation this year, by strategically including wireless vehicles and robots. SK Nexilis looks to upgrade further its fifth (5th) and sixth (6th) factories in Korea as well. It will introduce state-of-the-art automation in its Malaysian facility, by integrating the world’s best technology and its know-how from enhancements made to its factories in South Korea; building the world’s best copper foil production facilities in Malaysia.
Notably, the proposed facility in Malaysia will also fully implement the RE100 initiative, an initiative towards committing to 100 per cent renewable electricity, for the first time in the industry. This move is part of the Company’s proactive response to requests from major global customers who want to increase the proportion of RE100 materials within their supply chain.
Six (6) of SK Group companies, including SK Nexilis’ parent company, SKC, are currently promoting RE100; the Group was the first member of RE100 initiative in Korea. Hence, this facilities’ RE100 undertaking will further strengthen its Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Management.
In particular, Malaysia’s KKIP Industrial Complex, became the apparent choice for SK Nexilis’ investment in the region given its advantage in terms of power supply, which is key to copper foil manufacturing. Malaysia provides the most stable and competitively priced electricity supply among its Southeast Asian counterpart. The selected site also has excellent infrastructure such as gas and water and high accessibility to ports and large international airports which are required for exports.
SK Nexilis is also considering further investments in Malaysia, Europe and the United States to quickly respond to the rapidly growing EV market. According to SNE Research, the EV market will increase by 41 per cent annually and the battery market by 38 per cent by 2025.
An official from SK Nexilis shared, “We will be able to respond more quickly to customer requests by establishing a production facility in Malaysia with the best technology to produce the world’s thinnest copper foil for secondary batteries. This facility will also have the technological capabilities to produce various specialised products as per our customers’ requests.”
He added, “By entering Malaysia, SK Nexilis will secure cost competitiveness and reinforce our ESG management such as implementing RE100, while accelerating global expansion with additional investments. This will solidify our position as the global No. 1 copper foil manufacturer.”
SK Nexilis is currently in the midst of submitting their application for Manufacturing Licence to MIDA.
MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA has 12 regional and 20 overseas offices. MIDA continues to be the strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. For more information, please visit www.mida.gov.my and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.
About SK Nexilis
SK Nexilis is a global No.1 company in producing Copper foil for batteries, a core material for lithium-ion batteries, and supplies its products to major EV and battery companies around the world. Established in Jeong-eup, South Korea in 1996, SK Nexilis is running its business as a member of SK Group after several mergers and acquisitions. For more information, please visit www.sknexilis.co.kr
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Jeyasigan Narayanan Nair
Machinery and Metals Division, MIDA
Email: [email protected]
DL: +603-2267 6711
Ms. Jiwon Ahn
Communication Team, SKC
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