EBRD supports EV battery copper foil producer in Hungary

By Vanora Bennett

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  • EBRD loan of US$ 28 million for construction of ultra-thin copper foil factory for EV batteries
  • Facility in Tatabanya, NW Hungary, to supply electric vehicle battery manufacturers in Europe
  • The project will contribute to the circular economy of the EV battery sector

A long-term loan of US$ 28 million from the EBRD will support the construction of an ultra-thin copper foil factory for electric vehicle (EV) batteries in Tatabanya, northwestern Hungary, by Solus Advanced Materials of South Korea, which is one of the global leading producers of the material.

The first plant in Europe to produce copper foil for EV batteries, this facility will supply to European EV battery producers in Europe.

By 2050, the European Union aims for a climate-neutral economy. Moving to electro-mobility is a key element in reducing CO2 emissions and reaching the bloc’s climate action targets.

The plant in Hungary will contribute to this aim. Since it relies fully on scrap copper, it also contributes to the circular economy of the EV battery sector. The project is aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement on limiting climate change, and meets the requirements of the EU Taxonomy.

Frederic Lucenet, EBRD Head of Industries: “We are pleased to finance this project, which marks another step forward in greening the economy and advancing e-mobility. We have a strong track record of financing EV manufacturing, EV batteries and other EV supply chain components. We fully support Solus Advanced Materials’ growth and its contribution to Hungary’s becoming a hub for the European EV battery industry.”

Keunman Kwak, CFO Solus Advanced Materials: "We are delighted with our cooperation with valued European partner such as EBRD. Construction of the plant in Hungary is a significant milestone for Solus and we believe EBRD’s support will strengthen our growth strategy and contribute to accelerating the shift to EVs and a cleaner world for us all. We look forward to continued cooperation with the EBRD as a committed long-term partner.”

To date, the EBRD has invested nearly €3.3 billion in 192 projects in Hungary.

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