Daimler Expands Manufacturing Capacities for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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The German manufacturing powerhouse Daimler AG will be substantially increasing its production capacity with regard to lithium-ion batteries over the next few years — with ~€100 million in new investments via the Deutsche ACCUmotive subsidiary.

As part of this new push, the company is currently constructing a new facility that’s set to be completed by the middle of 2015, in the middle of the Germany Saxon city of Kamenz.

“We are looking forward to continuous growth in the demand for Deutsche ACCUmotive batteries,” stated Frank Blome, Managing Director of Deutsche ACCUmotive, are recent topping out ceremony for the currently-being-constructed facility. The ceremony was also attended by Saxony’s Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich, and various others in the region’s political field.

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Once this third construction phase is completed, Deutsche ACCUmotive will possess roughly 20,000 m² of production and logistics space — that means that it has around 4 times the space that it had when production began 3–4 years ago.

“The production of battery systems by Deutsche ACCUmotive GmbH in Kamenz will contribute significantly to the growing expertise of the auto state Saxony in the area of electro mobility and battery technology. That is why I am pleased about the three-digit million investments in a company like Deutsche ACCUmotive GmbH here in Kamenz,” the Prime Minister stated while speaking at the event.

“The expansion of the company again shows that Saxony has much to offer as an innovation location. With excellent research close to industry at the technical universities, colleges and research facilities as well as with very well educated specialist manpower. These are the best prerequisites for investments here in Kamenz and in the entire free state of Saxony.”

Given that Deutsche ACCUmotive was created only about five years ago, the Daimler-owned initiative has proved pretty successful so far. To date, the subsidiary has manufactured and delivered over 50,000 lithium-ion batteries.

Image Credit: Daimler AG

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