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China's CATL seeks $9bn to expand li-ion battery production

Major EV supplier to ramp up capacity in battle with Panasonic and LG Chem

CATL wants to increase battery manufacturing capacity in China and Germany.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- Chinese battery giant CATL said it was planning a private share placement to raise up to 58.2 billion yuan ($8.98 billion) to fund six projects aimed at boosting its production capacity of lithium-ion batteries.

The massive fundraising comes as the Ningdo-based firm - formally Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd - expands battery manufacturing capacity around China and in Germany.

It will also be used to build several battery factories in Fujian, Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces in China and to boost capital, CATL said in a statement late on Thursday. In addition, it will use the capital to develop battery technologies for energy storage facilities.

As the global auto industry accelerates transformation towards electrification, CATL is supplying electric vehicle batteries to a swathe of automakers including Tesla Inc , Volkswagen AG and Geely. It is competing with Japan's Panasonic and South Korean LG Chem.

CATL's shares rose more than 5% at one point on Friday after the private placement announcement. It currently has a market capitalisation of over 1.1 trillion yuan ($169.85 billion).

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