The German automotive supplier Dräxlmaier will invest 200 million euros in the construction of a production site in the Romanian city of Timisoara over the next six years. Battery systems for electrified vehicles are to be produced there.
The news was broken via a media report and a statement by the mayor of Timisoara, Dominic Fritz. According to the reports, the project will be implemented in several stages and will involve the construction of more than 40,000 square metres of production, storage and office space. More than 1,000 jobs are to be created. Who the batteries will be for was not revealed yet.
Dräxlmaier has been producing 800-volt battery systems for the Porsche Taycan in Sachsenheim near Stuttgart since 2019. For this purpose, the Bavarian company has built their first battery assembly plant on an area of 10,000 square metres.
In Leipzig, the automotive supplier plans to start assembling battery systems in July 2021 in a 28,000 square metre hall not far from the Porsche plant in the north of Leipzig. The battery systems are intended for the carmaker’s electric Macan. Dräxlmaier announced 180 workers at its topping-out ceremony for the plant last year. According to the information, the investment is 48 million euros.
The Dräxlmaier Group has been developing storage systems since 2009. According to the manufacturer, the design of the first prototypes was followed by concept orders for batteries in plug-in vehicles from premium brands. The Bavarians’ current customer base includes Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche, VW and unspecified Californian carmakers, one of which is likely to be Tesla. The traditional company, founded in 1958, employs around 70,000 people at 60 locations in more than 20 countries.
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