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Toray plans European factory for electric-car battery separators

Japanese company taps into growing supply network in major demand center

The global market for battery separators grew 20% last year on a square-meter basis, with Asahi Kasei and Toray among the leading players in the industry.

TOKYO -- Toray Industries will build a factory producing separators for electric-vehicle batteries in Hungary, the first of its kind in Europe, looking to serve an expanding supply chain in a region where increasing regulations are expected to accelerate demand for environmentally friendly cars.

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