Schuler takes over Italian Sovema Group
The German press manufacturer Schuler Group has taken over Italy’s Sovema and wants to provide battery cell production systems for the automotive industry and other sectors. The aim is to develop machines and production lines for the mass production of lithium-ion batteries.
Germany secures raw materials and energy in Canada
During the German Chancellor Scholz’s visit to Canada, Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz signed agreements with the Canadian government to secure access to key battery raw materials such as lithium, nickel and cobalt, according to media reports. Chancellor Scholz has also secured a deal to supply Germany with green hydrogen.
Freyr opens tech centre in Boston
The Norwegian battery company Freyr has opened its first technology centre in the USA. It is located in Boston with partner 24M Technologies. While Freyr continues to search for a location for its announced US battery cell factory, the new centre is intended to support technological development.
ACC has ordered cell separators from Von Roll
The Automotive Cells Company (ACC) battery cell joint venture between Stellantis, Total and Mercedes-Benz has ordered cell separators from the Shield T product family for thermal management and fire protection of its batteries from the Swiss industrial group Von Roll.
Eve Energy rumoured to BMW’s new battery supplier
Chinese battery cell manufacturer Eve Energy will be the main supplier of battery cells in Europe for BMW’s ‘New Class’ electric cars from 2025, according to an agency report. To this end, Eve Energy is probably also planning a battery plant in Hungary in the immediate vicinity of the BMW vehicle plant.
Samsung SDI expands research centres globally
The South Korean battery cell manufacturer Samsung SDI is expanding its research and development (R&D) activities for new battery technologies. New locations this year are being founded in the USA and Germany with a further centre planned in China next year.
Lotte Chemical to manufacture cathode materials in Kentucky
The South Korean chemical company Lotte Chemical, together with Lotte Aluminium, is building a factory in the US state of Kentucky for the production of cathode foils for use in batteries for electric vehicles. The factory in Hardin County is scheduled to go into operation in 2025 and produce 36,000 tonnes of cathode foils.
Tesla rumoured to use new batteries for the Model Y
According to Chinese media reports, Tesla will use improved LFP cells from CATL in the Model Y produced in China starting from next year. CATL will supply so-called ‘M3P’ batteries to Tesla for the first time for the Model Y with a 72 kWh battery from the fourth quarter of 2022.