CATL brakes ground of its battery factory in Germany

18 October 2019, 08:25:29

CATL brakes ground of its battery factory in GermanyCATL's first battery factory outside China happens to be in Germany. Today the company started its construction on a former Solarworld property. The 23 ha green land should achieve 14GWh production capacity by 2022 and up to 2000 jobs will be created by 2024/2025.

"Germany is home to strong automotive industry and several of CATL's key customers," said Matthias Zentgraf, Co-president Europe CATL. "We believe that the combination of Germany's industrial tradition and CATL's tradition of innovative battery technology will greatly accelerate the electrification of the automotive industry in Europe." CATL has developed win-win partnerships with a slew of European companies in the automobile industry including BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler, Volvo, and Bosch.

"Thuringia is centrally located, enabling us to respond to customer requests in a timely fashion. And the availability of renewable energy, which already reaches almost 40% in the public network of Thuringia, is another important decision criterion." Matthias Zentgraf continues, "And finally, thanks to the support from the Thuringian Ministry of Economic Affairs and the LEG Thuringia, we believe Thuringia's manufacturing and R&D environment will contribute to CATL's development."

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