Cellforce uses Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio

The Cellforce Group, the battery cell joint venture between Porsche and Customcells, announced a strategic partnership with Siemens. The two companies will join forces along the entire battery development and manufacturing chain.

According to the announcements, the cooperation ranges from product design, planning and simulation to the automation of the entire production process. Siemens will “provide a broad range of solutions from the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio” for this purpose. In other words, Siemens will become Cellforce’s preferred automation and digitalisation technology supplier.

Although it is still only a memorandum of understanding “aim to enter a strategic partnership”, a conclusion is likely due to the existing cooperation between Cellforce and Siemens. Cellforce mentions Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Industrial Edge Computing and IT/OT connectivity tools – Siemens solutions that will be used in its factory. According to the company, this will help the battery joint venture to “produce high-performance batteries at scale, while meeting throughput, cost, and sustainability targets”.

The Siemens announcement also mentions building and energy performance services. Specifically, the company cites “fire safety and security, measurement and control technology to enhance energy optimisation for the carbon net-zero battery cell factory”.

“End-to-end digitalisation of design and production is key for a commercially successful battery cell production with the lowest CO2 footprint in Germany”, says Cellforce COO Markus Gräf. Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO Digital Industries, adds: “Premium batteries require premium technology – Siemens technology. This is why Siemens is supporting with its technological leadership in the battery market this partnership.”

Cellforce is building its battery factory in Reutlingen-Nord/Kirchentellinsfurt. The joint venture has already entered into several partnerships for factory equipment. It ordered a system for coating electrodes for high-performance battery cells from Dürr. The machine manufacturer Trumpf is contributing its high-precision laser technology as part of a strategic cooperation.

Siemens recently entered into several partnerships in the field of battery production. At the end of 2022, it announced a cooperation for the dry coating of electrodes. In March 2023, a collaboration with US battery developer Kore Power for constructing a 12-GWh battery cell factory in Arizona followed. Siemens will also become Freyr’s preferred automation and digitalisation technology supplier for its planned battery factories.

cellforce.com, siemens.com


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