CHARLOTTE – Celgard, a manufacturer of membrane battery separators, is adding more capacity to meet what it says is growing demand for lithium battery separators in the electric vehicle market.

Some 100 jobs will be added, the company announced Tuesday. The expansion will begin early next year.

The company manufactures a dry-process membrane separator used in vehicle electrification.

“The company already has a skilled employee base capable of applying technical coatings to base film shipped from Hipore sister locations and completing finishing steps required to meet customer specifications,” Celgard said.

Chad Schuchmann, CEO of Celgard parent Polypore, noted: “Celgard has been a key player in the domestic EV and lithium-ion battery supply chain from the beginning and our expansion in North America not only further solidifies our position as a market leader with a skilled workforce but also fully supports the nation’s efforts to establish a thriving domestic lithium battery and EV supply chain.”