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KEMET Corp. (kemet.com), a manufacturer of capacitors for everything from industrial lighting to the International Space Station, has opened a $34-million, 52,000 ft² power film capacitor production facility in the lower level of its Simpsonville, SC, offices to build electrical components for hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs). This is in line with the company’s expectation that the production of those vehicles will increase in volume by 19% over the next 10 years.
The manufacturing facility is KEMET’s first in the United States and 23rd worldwide.
Capacitors are two-terminal electrical components used to store energy in an electric field. Vehicles contain between 3,000 and 5,000 capacitors, which are installed in things like anti-lock brakes, airbags, engine control units and infotainment systems. Hybrid vehicles and EVs require additional high-power conversion capacitors in their inverter modules. KEMET is producing its line of DC-Link capacitors in the plant.
The plant launched with one production line, but offers the capacity for four. KEMET CEO Per-Olof Loof says additional lines will be added as necessary.—EF