Hindalco Industries, a leading aluminum producer, is set to establish a cutting-edge battery foil plant in Odisha, India, with an initial investment of Rs 800 crore. The plant, located near Sambalpur, aims to produce 25,000 tonnes of high-quality aluminum foil crucial for Lithium-ion and Sodium-ion cells, contributing to the burgeoning Electric Vehicle (EV) market. Commissioning is scheduled for July 2025.
By 2030, the demand for battery-grade aluminum foil in India is projected to soar to 40,000 tonnes, driven by the rapid growth of gigafactories for advanced cell manufacturing. Hindalco’s strategic move aligns with the country’s goal of achieving self-reliance in critical sectors like battery materials.
Satish Pai, Managing Director of Hindalco Industries, emphasized the increasing demand for battery materials in the EV and Grid Storage sectors. The company has already achieved a technology breakthrough in producing fine-quality battery foils at its Mouda unit in Maharashtra, currently undergoing qualification with Lithium-ion cell manufacturers globally.
The new Odisha unit will further strengthen Hindalco’s capability to supply battery foils to gigafactories worldwide. High-performance aluminum foils serve as current collectors for cathode materials in cells, and Hindalco aims to enhance mechanical strength, thickness precision, and surface characteristics through extensive research and development.
In alignment with green initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, Hindalco is actively collaborating with original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to co-develop critical components like battery enclosures, motor housings, busbars, structural and safety components, and lightweight load bodies. These investments signify Hindalco’s evolution into a provider of high-tech metal solutions.
The new plant, scheduled for commissioning in July 2025, will be adjacent to a 25 MW solar power plant, aligning with sustainable practices. Hindalco’s multifaceted investments underscore its commitment to innovation and sustainability in the evolving landscape of the automotive and renewable energy sectors.