Materials supplier Inoac USA Inc. is expanding its foam products for electric vehicle batteries in North America following recent EV-related legislation in the U.S. that's spurred battery production across the continent.
With "exponential growth" in EV-related announcements from auto makers, Inoac has "invested heavily" in foams meant to protect and secure EV batteries, said Brad Harris, director of new business development at Inoac Interior Systems.
"We see daily, OEMs and battery manufacturers making announcements, bringing manufacturing plants to not only the United States, but also Mexico and Canada," Harris told Plastics News in an interview.
That helped Inoac see the "importance of getting that focus" to the region, he said.
"We're positioned right now in all three of those countries with manufacturing footprints. It (was) a natural growth for us to expand and focus on this region," Harris said.
Foam materials are essential in EV batteries as flame retardants and separators, keeping battery cells from colliding and used as seals to protect components from moisture, dust and other contaminants.
EV batteries expand and contract during recharging and discharging, which can shorten the life of the battery and lead to thermal runaway.