The German engineering company Manz reports another follow-up order from TE Connectivity in the field of cell contacting systems. Manz has also acquired an American manufacturer of electric vehicles as a new customer.
TE Connectivity had ordered the first fully integrated assembly line for the automated production of cell contact systems in 2018, and placed a follow-up order in November 2020. Manz does not provide any details on the content of the order, but emphasises that it has “delivered and installed several fully integrated assembly lines and various expansions for existing lines to TE Connectivity” in recent years.
Cell contacting systems are an important part of the electric drive train: they connect individual battery cells to form modules and take care of current collection as well as various sensor functions for battery management, such as measuring temperature and voltage.
Overall, Manz states that it is experiencing “increasing momentum in the field of electromobility, as expected”. The demand from car manufacturers for cell contacting systems is increasing “rapidly”. In addition, the company has expanded its portfolio to include assembly solutions for the manufacture of inverters.
It also fits in with this that Manz was able to win an unnamed American manufacturer of electric vehicles as a new customer. Together with the US company, Manz developed “innovative laser process technologies and assembly lines for the manufacture of inverters”.
In January, an unnamed US electric vehicle manufacturer had already ordered an assembly line for battery modules made of round cells from Manz. Since the inverter customer is a new customer, it is apparently two different manufacturers. In addition to Tesla, Rivian also relies on round cells.
Manz CEO Martin Drasch sees the inverter order from the “very exciting new customer” as confirmation of the company’s “distinctive expertise in all key components of the electric powertrain”. “With our decades of experience in assembly automation and battery production, we believe that Manz is correspondingly well positioned to continue growing during the global mobility revolution,” says Drasch.
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