Bosch was about to start building battery cells but abandoned the plans. Now the company instead wants to build equipment for battery factories – together with Volkswagen.
It was in the spring of 2018 that the world’s largest subcontractor to the automotive industry, German Robert Bosch Gmbh, finally put its foot down and announced that it would not start manufacturing battery cells under its own auspices. One of the reasons was that the investment, which was estimated at EUR 20 billion, was seen as too risky.
– We do not need to manufacture the cell ourselves to be a major player in e-mobility, said Rolf Bulander, head of mobility solutions at Bosch, according to Reuters.
Moving closer to battery production
Bosch seems to remain firm in its view, but is now making a move that moves the company closer to cell production. Together with Volkswagen, Bosch wants to explore the possibility of becoming a supplier of production equipment for the production of battery cells.
Component manufacturer announced already this summer that it invests in production equipment for battery factories, but then VW was not in the picture.
The two German companies have now signed a memorandum of understanding, they write in a press release.
The companies want to be able to offer a complete range of “processes and components for large-scale production of battery cells and battery systems”.
VW is planning six factories
Volkswagen is already on its way to becoming a major player in cell manufacturing and plans six European factories by 2030.
– Europe has the unique opportunity to become a global center for battery manufacturing in the coming years. There is a strong and growing demand in all aspects of battery production, including equipment for new gigabytes, says Thomas Schmall, technical manager at VW.
The goal is to establish the new joint venture by the end of 2022.
Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.
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