Renault & Minth to build battery factory in France

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Renault, together with automotive supplier Minth, is planning a joint venture based in France for the production of battery housings for future electric models. The joint venture, which is expected to be established by early 2023, will assemble the battery cases at Renault’s Ruitz plant.

From Ruitz, the Renault plants in Douai and Maubeuge will be supplied with battery housings. All three plants in northern France are part of the Renault ElectriCity industrial cluster. A capacity of 300,000 battery housings per year is planned by 2025.

As is well known, cell partner Envision AESC is also building its battery factory in Douai to build the cells locally for Renault’s upcoming electric models – such as the electric Renault 5, which is due to come off the production line in Douai from 2024.

Minth will weld the housings together from aluminium extrusions on the two production lines in Ruitz. The battery modules will then be inserted into the housings delivered from Ruitz at the vehicle plants.

“By integrating this new high-tech activity of battery casing assembly in Ruitz, this joint venture is perfectly in line with the group’s strategy to create a best-in-class ecosystem as close as possible to our production sites.” says Jose-Vicente de los Mozos, EVP Industry, Renault Group. “This strategy will help Renault Group become a more competitive and efficient EV player, accelerate its industrial transformation, and reach its ecological transition targets.”

“We are thankful for the support from Renault Group over the past years and successful battery casing programs,” said Jimmy Wong, Managing Director of Minth Europe. “With the rapid growth of business, the joint venture company will bring this activity to France, achieving carbon emission reduction, benefits for the local economy, and Minth’s own global expansion.”


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