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Kanthal expands production capacity in Japan

Today industries such as lithium-ion battery, semiconductor and automotive show a strong demand for sustainable heating solutions to help them achieve higher efficiency and reach their decarbonisation targets. To meet the increased need, Kanthal will expand its production capacity in Sakura, Japan, an investment of approximately SEK 100 million. The aim is to capture mid and long term market growth in Asia.

At the Kanthal production site in Sakura, Japan, the company manufactures products for electrification of industrial heating processes.

The strong global growth in lithium-ion batteries and semiconductors is a driver for an increased demand for Kanthal’s sustainable heating solutions. In addition, a broad range of industries, such as steel and automotive, are looking to convert their heating processes from fossil fuel to electric solutions, making their production more energy efficient whilst also lowering their CO2 emissions. 

The total investment is approximately SEK 100 million between 2024 and 2025 and includes the development of a new facility near the current premises in Sakura, as well as new equipment and a new layout. The expansion is expected to be fully operational in the end of 2025, increasing the current production capacity by approximately sixty per cent and enabling additional job opportunities. 

The investment will continue to ensure a strong local presence, improving manufacturing capacity, lead times and serviceability.

During the past year, the company has also announced expansions in Walldorf, Germany; Perth, Scotland; and Concord, USA.

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