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Japan's Asahi Kasei enters tie-up to tap China's renewables boom

Partnership with local giant eyes growing demand for energy storage units

Separators made by Asahi Kasei unit Celgard. Demand is expected to grow for the product for use in electricity storage systems.

TOKYO -- Japanese chemicals manufacturer Asahi Kasei will start making separators for lithium-ion batteries in China with a local partner, betting that fast-growing renewable energy in that market will fuel demand for storage units.

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