The Daimler AG is expanding its global battery production network and is paving the way for the creation of a cross-divisional electro initiative. The wholly-owned Daimler subsidiary Accumotive at the Kamenz location in Germany will employ around 1.000 people until end of the year 2018.
“We are taking big steps in the direction of electromobility. At Accumotive we will double the amount of employees until the end of the year 2018. We will achieve this almost one year earlier than initially planned. We are thus heading for the start of production of the EQC in spring 2019,” announced Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, during a visit of Michael Kretschmer, Minister President of Saxony, in Kamenz.
According to Kretschmer: “What has grown and continues to grow here in Kamenz in recent years is an important investment for Europe, Saxony and Lausitz region. By the end of the year, the number of jobs in the modern plant for lithium-ion batteries is expected to double to over 1,000. In this way, the technology location will continue to develop into a centre of electromobility.”
The German Accumotive GmbH & Co in Kamenz (around 50 kilometres away from Dresden in Germany) was founded in 2009 and produces lithium ion-batteries for vehicles of the brands Mercedes-Benz and smart. At present a second battery factory is being built at this site with an investment of €500 million ($570 million). This will be one of the largest and most modern battery factories worldwide.
The investment of Daimler strengthens the region Saxony as important innovation hub of the German automobile industry and offers employees good perspectives in a prospective technology field. Furthermore the subject training and professional development is very important at this site.
Daimler is investing more than €1 billion ($1.14 billion) in a global battery production network with in total eight factories at six locations and on three continents. This includes in Germany Kamenz and Stuttgart-Untertürkheim with two battery factories each as well as Sindelfingen, Peking (China), Bangkok (Thailand) and Tuscaloosa (USA).
“With meanwhile eight battery factories on three continents we are well represented in terms of electromobility in the powertrain production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Since 2012 we are producing batteries in Kamenz and have gained valuable knowledge. Our team is working highly motivated on a daily basis and is coping with the increasing quantities while operating the new systems”, says Frank Deiß, Head of Production Mercedes-Benz Cars.
The second battery factory in Kamenz has been designed as a CO2-neutral factory: Daimler thinks in the sense of electromobility holistically and builds the production on sustainability. A power station and a photovoltaic system will – in connection with fixed battery storage – provide the production facility with energy. The new battery factory sets standards with modern systems and technology measures in the domain Industry 4.0. The start of the pre-series production has started in mid-2018 and in spring 2019 the volume production of the EQC battery will follow. The construction of the second factory on a 20 hectare (2,152,782 square feet) large site, quadruples the production and logistic area in Kamenz to a total of around 80.000 square metre (861,112 square feet).
Accumotive is producing drive batteries for electro- and plug-in hybrid vehicles and also batteries for the stationary Mercedes-Benz energy storage as well as for the 48-volt-system. The trendsetting 48-volt-board-network celebrated its premiere in the new generation of the S-Class and will be implemented gradually in different models with new Mercedes-Benz engine technology.
Daimler’s commercial vehicles are also relying on batteries from Saxony in the course of electrifying their portfolio. Both the Vans Vito and Sprinter will be equipped with drive batteries from Kamenz at the market launch in 2019, as will the current eCanter, the Fuso light truck from Daimler Trucks.