Denkai America Plans Richmond County, Georgia, North American Headquarters
The company will initially invest $150 million to establish an ED copper foil production facility, with a focus on electric vehicle battery foil, on a 115-acre site. Construction is planned to begin in September 2022 as the first part of a three-phase investment, and the facility will be fully operational by December 2024.
"This investment highlights our commitment to leading ED battery foil manufacturing in North America for many years to come," said Heday Nakajima, Ph.D., Denkai Group President and CEO. "We are grateful to the teams in Richmond County and the State of Georgia for making this project possible."
"Georgia is proud to be selected as the home of Denkai America, further strengthening our state's status as a leader in the emerging electric mobility and existing aerospace, defense, and technology industries," said Governor Kemp. "We have been laser focused on bringing quality jobs to highly-trained, hardworking Georgians across the state, and we look forward to seeing one-of-a-kind companies like Denkai thrive in Georgia’s top-ranking pro-business environment."
Denkai America is a leader in the manufacture of high-quality electrodeposited copper foils for printed circuit board (PCB), industrial, and energy storage applications. With the strength of domestic manufacturing, and backed by a global presence, Denkai America delivers application specific copper foils required by technology leading companies. Operating for more than 60 years, Denkai has operations in Japan and North America.
"As the adoption of electric mobility becomes widespread, the State of Georgia is committed to harnessing this generational opportunity to ensure that Georgians employed in today’s automotive industry will have access to these jobs of the future here at home. Denkai America plays a vital role in the EV ecosystem, and we are excited to welcome this innovative company to Augusta and Richmond County," said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. "This investment is also further evidence of how Georgia’s commitment to building lasting international relationships continues to drive economic partnerships across our state, including the recruitment of the wider electric mobility value chain. Congratulations to our partners in this project!"
Global Commerce Director of Corporate Solutions and Cyber Security Barton Lowrey represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) on the project in partnership with the Augusta Economic Development Authority, Georgia Power, and Georgia Quick Start. As the Technical College System of Georgia’s nationally ranked workforce training program.
"The Development Authority of Augusta, Georgia, is excited to welcome Denkai America and its North American Headquarters to the Augusta Corporate Park. We know they will be a great corporate citizen and bring high-skilled jobs to the growing list of companies that call Augusta and the Augusta Corporate Park home," said Steven Kendrick, Chairman of the Augusta Economic Development Authority. "We look forward to the great jobs and investment that they will bring to Augusta. We also would like to thank the Augusta Commission and the Augusta Utilities Department for their support and hard work to make this happen."
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