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Lotte to Build Aluminum Cathode Plant in Kentucky

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South Korea’s Lotte Aluminium Materials USA LLC is investing in a new production plant for aluminum cathode foils in Elizabethtown, Ky. The group's target is to produce 36,000 tons of cathode foils annually to meet the sharp increase in demand.

Aluminum cathode foils are used in the production of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars.

A core section of the overall plant is the logistics and storage system, which is where Lotte reached out to AMOVA, a subsidiary of SMS group.

SMS was contracted to supply a smart, fully automated high-bay store with transport system. The high-bay storage system, which has around 500 storage spaces, is connected to the various process lines by the relevant conveying equipment and will be provided with warehouse management software specially developed by SMS.

As Lotte produces very thin-rolled, sensitive coils, SMS was faced in the project planning phase with the challenge of developing a system that was as flexible and material-friendly as possible. An important aspect for Lotte when awarding the contract was that SMS has a successful reference facility, a fully automated, intelligently controlled high-bay storage system, in Kentucky, one of many references all over the world.