BASF announced today it will open a Research and Development Laboratory and an Application Technology Center for Battery Materials in Amagasaki, Japan.

BASF is confident both facilities will be fully operational by the end of 2013.

The laboratory will focus on researching electrolytes and electrode materials for high-performance batteries as part of Basf’s global R&D network.

The Application Technology Center will aim to enhance service and to develop tailor-made solutions for the battery industry in Japan.

“The new Amagasaki Battery Materials Lab will enable us to extend our successful R&D network with research institutes and the industry into Japan,” said Dr. Andreas Fischer, vice president Battery Research and Electrochemistry at BASF. “Our aim is to develop innovative materials for high-performance batteries that will significantly improve battery performance for electric cars and consumer applications.”

In addition, the company will benefit from synergies with existing BASF research platforms in Amagasaki. “By extending our local R&D infrastructure we can successfully involve the competences of our researchers from other Basf divisions,” explained Fischer.

BASF said Amagasaki, in the Kansai area, is the ideal location for the new Application Technology Center for Battery Materials. “Japan is one of the leading countries for battery manufacturing and development,” said Dr. Joerg-Christian Steck, Representative Director and President of Basf Japan . “Being present in Japan brings us closer to our customers and helps us better serve their needs.”

Researchers are expected to start their work at the new laboratory in April 2013.