Webasto expands battery production in South Korea

Webasto has expanded its production facility for battery packs in Dangjin, South Korea. The expansion will enable Webasto to produce a total of 300,000 battery packs for electric vehicles per year from 2025 at the plant, which opened in 2022.

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This was reported by Autocar Professional, citing an official ceremony at the plant in Dangjin, Korea, south of Seoul. Webasto is referring to the expansion as ‘Danjing Plant 2’, which will comprise more than 15,000 square metres of production and storage space and ensure an additional production capacity of 100,000 batteries per year. This would give the site a total production capacity of up to 300,000 battery packs per year from 2025.

The battery packs will be delivered to customers in South Korea. The construction and opening of the South Korean plant in 2022 was based on an order from Hyundai-Kia for the supply of battery systems for several fully electric volume passenger car models. The site was modelled on the battery production facility in Schierling, Germany, which was launched in 2019, and covered an area of 22,000 square metres when it opened.

Marcel Bartling, CEO of Webasto’s Global Electrification Business Unit, commented: “This expansion has demonstrated our excellent cooperation with our customers, and has strengthened Dangjin’s position to serve as an important pillar for our company.”

Tae-bong Choi, CEO of Webasto Korea, added: “The completion of the Dangjin second Battery Plant shows what we have achieved together so far and our vision for what we will achieve in the future. Seeing more and more cars on Korean roads with Webasto batteries as well as roof systems makes me proud of our great Korean team.”

Webasto Korea, which was founded in 1987 with a local joint venture partner, has its roots in the construction of sunroofs. Alongside parking heaters and battery solutions, these are among the supplier’s main products. However, Webasto has recently withdrawn from the business with charging solutions for electric cars. After a long search for a partner, the Group is selling the majority of the division to the private equity company Transom Capital Group.



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