Entek investing $10m in equipment for new facility in Nevada to meet market demand

by John Shepherd
Entek manufactures separators for SLI, start-stop, deep cycle, motive and stationary batteries. Photo: Entek
Battery separator group Entek International is investing more than $10m (£7.4m) in equipment for a new manufacturing and engineering facility the company has opened in the US state of Nevada.

Entek said the 98,000 sq ft building in Henderson will be home to wear parts production, fabrication and assembly, and engineering.

President of Entek Manufacturing, Kim Medford, said the expansion was needed to match customer demand.

"Entek chose Nevada for the new facility because it is a growing area of the country with a strong labour market,” Medford said.

'Rapid response'

"It’s a good location for us, and not far from our headquarters in Oregon,” said Medford, who expects to have 50 or more new team members working at the facility by late 2022.
"Once fully operational, our new facility will allow us to stock parts for rapid customer response,” she added.

VP of sales for Entek Manufacturing, Linda Campbell, said: "This expansion is the first step in what we expect to be a very active period for our company. We have an aggressive forecast for new business in 2022 and 2023.”

Entek recently completed its acquisition of a majority stake in the lead battery separator business of Tokyo-based Nippon Sheet Glass.

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, saw Entek become the only separator manufacturer in the world producing all three primary separator technologies – polyethylene, absorbent glass mat and lithium separators – for the global energy storage industry.

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