Global EV Battery Giant CATL Boosts Electric Mobility in Europe
• CATL launches its first battery factory outside of China in Thuringia, Germany,
with 14GWh capacity by 2022.
• R&D center for development an automated production and smart manufacturing
technology with a focus on battery production.
• Testing, quality control and top services are being an important consideration at
Thuringia/Berlin, July 9, 2017 – Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL) is
opening a European factory in Thuringia, Germany, as the region’s auto industry
gears up to mass-produce electric vehicles (EVs). A project agreement between CATL
and the Free State of Thuringia has been signed today as part of the German-Chinese
intergovernmental consultations in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. This signifies
the first time that CATL is producing its EV batteries outside of China. The move emphasizes CATL’s commitment to the European automotive market in general and the growth opportunities electric vehicles represent in Europe and specifically in Germany.
Europe is one of the key regions for CATL’s strategic growth. The company underlines
the market significance and potential by opening its first production facility outside
China in Germany. The reasons for selecting Germany are manifold, and include
• staying with customers to understand the local market requirements and to offer
quicker response to their needs.
• offering solutions to European OEMs such as BMW, Daimler and VW (in alphabet
order), amongst others, which have been produced in Germany.
• the integration of European intelligent manufacture know-how and expertise
regarding cutting-edge battery technologies
As the world’s largest lithium-ion EV battery manufacturer, CATL continuously
improves the reliability and productivity of its products, thereby driving the
acceptance of the technology. The highly automated new battery facility will be
scaled to produce 14GWh capacity and create about 600 new jobs. The facility is
planned to occupy a 70 ha space in the “Erfurter Kreuz” industrial area.
For Thuringia’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Wolfgang Tiefensee, the investment is
an “new milestone for industrial policy setting with a tremendous long-term effect” –
for CATL itself, for the European automotive industry, but also for the business location of Thuringia. “The first European production site for battery cells ever, will be in Thuringia”, Tiefensee said. “The most important investment decision of the last ten
years will catapult our state into the major league of battery manufacturing and
research for years to come.” The state government expects to attract additional
companies from the battery technology sector and materials supply industry,
positioning it as leading in innovative EV technologies.
“After intensive negotiations over more than one year in China and in Germany we
succeeded in persuading CATL of Thuringia”, Tiefensee continued. „We are pleased
that a world market leader like CATL is relying on Thuringia to drive forward its
growth and the development of its battery technology.”
CATL will set up a project company in Thuringia as an independent company which
concerns itself with manufacturing, R&D and logistics.
“Building a smart battery plant in Germany is our first step of European investment
plan, and this would be beneficial for the cooperation between European OEMs and
CATL.” Said Dr. Robin Zeng, Chairman of CATL. “By bring the most advance lithium-ion
battery technology to Germany and developing the local deliver ability, CATL is
getting closer the customers, with which CATL is able to offer even better product
solutions and faster response to our customers.”
“We believe that battery technology is a key pillar for the future of e-mobility,” said
Robert Galyen, CATL CTO. “We are excited to bring our best-in-class automotive
battery products and solutions to the European market.”
About Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd.
Founded in 2011 and publicly listed in 2018, Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd.
(CATL) develops and manufactures lithium-ion batteries and battery systems for
e-mobility as well as energy storage solutions. Main business also covers battery
management systems, battery reuse and battery material recycling. CATL ranks as
No.1 in the global EV battery industry with a 12 GWh annual shipment in 2017.
By December 31, 2017, CATL has 3,425 R&D employees, which representing 23.28%
of total employees. CATL has branch offices in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Qinghai, and Foshan
in China as well as in Munich, Germany, and Paris, France, Japan and USA.
For further information, please visit: http://www.catlbattery.com/.
CATL Company Profile
Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.,Limited (CATL) founded in 2011, headquartered at Ningde, Fujian.
CATL is dedicated to providing effective solutions for global new energy applications with concentration in the R&D, manufacturing and sale of battery systems for electric vehicles (EV) and energy storage systems (ESS). It possess core technologies and sustainable ability in R&D. Meanwhile, it formed a comprehensive manufacturing
and service system for customers.
CATL maintains an outstanding technical strength. Until December 31, 2017, the company’s R&D team has 119 staffs with doctor degrees, and another 850 with master degrees. Its R&D system includes materials study,
product development, engineering design, test and verification, intelligent manufacture, project management, etc.
In addition, it establishes a Research Institute with millions Yuan investment on thousands of top-class instruments to enable CATL have the comprehensive capabilities of analysis and verification in materials, cell and battery system.While CATL is insisting on independent R&D, it also keeps seeking global cooperation with technological
leading companies, universities and academic institutions, and contributes to drafting over 40 industry standards.
Until December 31, 2017, CATL has applied over 2,300 patents, including more than 907 authorized ones. CATL products have achieved great endorsement by the global market—strategic cooperation has been established between the company and numerous famous auto companies from overseas, i.e. from Germany and U.S. It develops power battery systemfor global customers in EV, HEV and PHEV applications. In addition,
CATL has achieved a number of ESS projects from national and international key accounts. CATL’s sales of EV batteries volume has amounted to 11.84GWh in 2017, ranks as No.1 in the world.
In 2015, CATL was selected in the first batch of key enterprise that meets the Vehicle Power Battery Industry Standard Conditions (issued by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology). In the same year, its sales volume of vehicle power battery was ranked in the third place of the world. In 2016, the company successfully
applied the New Energy Vehicle special project that guided by Ministry of Science and Technology (one of the three battery manufacturing enterprises) and the Smart Grid special project that guided by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (the only battery manufacturing enterprise).
With the growing of market demands and technology, CATL is going to increase continuously its R&D investment to enhance products’qualities and meet various requirements from clients. For offering more advanced power battery products, CATL focuses on upgrading the battery energy density gradually to extend the range per
charge and develop the more sophisticated fast charge technology to satisfy the end users’ quick charge requirement during long-range driving.