Customcells inaugurates new headquarters in Itzehoe

German battery cell manufacturer Customcells has opened its new company headquarters in Itzehoe. The building, whose foundation stone was laid in November 2022, will house a research center in addition to the administration.

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“Our new building at the Itzehoe site is more than just our company headquarters – it is our laboratory for the future,” says Dirk Abendroth, CEO of the Customcells Group, at the opening. “Research is fundamental to systematically underpinning and expanding our own claim as a premium battery cell manufacturer. We want to continue investing in Germany and massively increase our track record of patent applications,” says Abendroth.

Around 160 employees will use the new company headquarters in future. The new building is a four-storey timber construction, which, according to the press release, was built “in a particularly resource-efficient manner”. “On a good 10,000 square meters, the adaptable room layout enables flexible new work concepts and space for meetings, dialogue and exchange,” says the company. The building is powered entirely by electricity from renewable energy sources, and there are also e-charging stations on the factory premises.

The investments in the Itzehoe site are not over for Customcells, as he emphasizes. A machine for global battery production has already been ordered and the next expansion stages are being planned. The company had already announced at the foundation stone ceremony in November 2022 that it would be expanding the acquired site by a further 5,749 square meters over the next five years.

Customcells likes to see itself as a pioneer of modern battery technology and therefore emphasizes the research focus of the company and the new company headquarters. “With state-of-the-art battery cell technology, we have the key to the opportunity of the century in our hands,” says Abendroth. “Because the sustainable energy transition is not possible without high-performance batteries. But without political support and a clear commitment to companies from the region, this will not succeed.”

The Customcells boss also used his speech at the opening to comment on the federal budget and the cuts to the Climate and Transformation Fund (KTF). “I think it is legitimate to demand that domestic hidden champions in Germany receive equal support alongside American, Chinese and Swedish companies,” appealed the CustomCells CEO in his speech. As reported, at least the agreement in the Budget Committee provides for a small portion of the originally cut funding for battery research to be retained after all. (in German)


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