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CATL takes off – Europe’s largest cell production facility starts production

Thuringia is home to one of the largest investments of this kind in Europe and marked a major milestone at the beginning of the year: Chinese global market leader Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) is building its first battery cell manufacturing facility outside of China in the industry park “Erfurter Kreuz” and officially launched its local production of lithium-ion cells at the end of January. CATL is investing around EUR 2 billion in what is currently Europe’s largest cell production facility; up to 2,000 jobs will be created.

After delays caused by Corona, production was set up according to plan: Production initially started on two module lines, and by the end of 2023 the planned six lines are scheduled to go into operation, generating an output of 24 GWh/a. In the meantime, the number of employees has grown to around 1,000. Thuringia's Minister President Bodo Ramelow, Economics Minister Tiefensee, Environment Minister Anja Siegesmund and representatives of LEG Thüringen, who have intensively accompanied this investment, took part in the inauguration ceremony. At the site south of the Thuringian capital of Erfurt, the company focuses not only on manufacturing but also on research and development and in the nearby Erfurt cargo hub the CATL European logistics headquarters are established. Thuringia is fast evolving into one of Europe’s most innovative regions for the future of mobility, especially electric vehicles. For example, the state recently funded the establishment of the new Battery Innovation and Technology Center (BITC), which is already partnering with CATL. (hw)

Battery cell produced by CATL in Arnstadt. Photo: Paul-Philipp Braun

Battery cell produced by CATL in Arnstadt. Photo: Paul-Philipp Braun