- Published on Monday, 16 July 2012 08:48
- Written by Staff Reporter
JAPAN – Showa Denko Packaging Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Showa Denko K.K. (SDK), is collaborating with Iwatani Corporation to expand the former’s Chinese business in aluminum laminated films used for packaging lithium ion rechargeable batteries (LIBs).
Since June 2012, Tokyo-headquartered Iwatani Corporation’s two subsidiaries in China - Suzhou ISR e-Films Co Ltd in Jiangsu and Zhongshan Iwatani Co Ltd in Guandong – have been providing slitting work, and distribution services in China and other Asian markets for Showa Denko Packaging's aluminum laminated films.
The aluminum laminated film is an aluminum foil/resin film composite material, which ensures higher flexibility in molding, lighter weight, and better heat dissipation compared with metallic cans. It is widely used as packaging material for small LIBs for mobile applications, and Showa Denko Packaging expects it to also be adopted in large LIBs for vehicles and storage batteries.
Although Showa Denko Packaging has so far handled the entire process of manufacturing in Japan - from lamination of resin film with aluminum foil to slitting – the company has been seeking ways to respond more swiftly to the needs of the growing market in Asia, particularly China.
With the new setup in China, Showa Denko Packaging aims to increase efficiency in physical distribution, achieve better communications with customers, substantially shorten the lead-time, and improve the level of service.
In addition, Showa Denko Packaging says it is also considering usage of these sites in China for processing and distribution for other applications such as containers for food, electronics and medicine.
The Kanagawa-based company said, “For the aluminum laminated film business, the Group will make it more resistant to the influence of higher yen, optimize the business model, review the supply chains, and increase the speed of realizing R&D results.
“By taking these steps, the Group will ensure that the business will have high originality, competitiveness, and a strong presence on the global market.”