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World's first lithium-polymer battery production system
12/02/1999 The Korea Herald Copyright (C) 1999; Source: World
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By Choe Seung-chul Staff reporter Finecell Co., a
battery developer, announced yesterday that it has
world's first mass production system for rechargeable
batteries. The venture company said that it has also
"polymer electrolyte," a core component of the
battery, without any technical assistance from foreign
It marks the first time in the world's battery-manufacturing
that a batch system was developed for mass production of the
advanced type of rechargeable battery, which was first developed
1994 by Bellcore, a U.S. battery maker.
Nicknamed "dream battery," the lithium-polymer battery can
in different types, even in thin-film form, promising to
emerge as the
No. 1 battery to replace the current lithium ion, or Li-ion,
"We plan to start mass production of the Li-polymer battery
second half of next year," a Finecell official told The Korea
The technical success by the Korean developer came as the
leading battery developers are caught up in a fierce battle
commercialize the lithium-polymer battery, he said.
"Several leading battery firms, including Sony Electronics,
Industrial, Valence Technology and Lithium Technology, have
Bellcore's plastic lithium-ion technology, but they have
difficulty in mass-producing products," he said.
Thanks to the development, a Finecell spokesman said, many
battery makers will no longer have to pay huge amounts of money
foreign companies in return for the transfer of advanced
He said that the development is expected to save the country
up to 400
billion won on a yearly basis.
Finecell, established by Dr. Jang Dong-hoon and his
Seoul National University's Lab of Electrochemistry in early
plans to capture 1.5 percent of the world's lithium battery market
mobile phones by 2001.
Finecell also plans to increase the share up to 15 percent
through production expansion and technology transfers.
Currently, Japan virtually monopolizes the world's lithium
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