According to foreign media reports, in response to the challenges of Asian competitors, German battery manufacturer Varta announced on November 19 that the company and the German scientific research organization Fraunhofer (Fraunhofer) will establish cooperation. It laid the foundation for the mass production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.
The Valta brand, which belongs to the United States Johnson Controls, was founded in Hagen, Germany in 1887. It is a long-established automobile battery brand in Europe. Since its inception, Valta has provided high-quality battery products of various specifications suitable for various types of vehicles with its high-end quality and cutting-edge technology, and has won the trust of the world's leading automobile manufacturers.
The German government has said it will invest 1 billion euros to support domestic companies to develop electric vehicle batteries, thereby reducing the dependence of German car companies on Asian battery suppliers and ensuring employment in Germany during the transition from the internal combustion engine era to the electric vehicle era. surroundings.
Valta CEO Herbert Schein said in Stuttgart that with this research project, Valta hopes to gain technical advantages in battery production compared to Asian producers. The company is also actively engaged in dialogue with relevant market participants to expand its product line. But he declined to give more details.
Thomas Bauernhansl, director of manufacturing engineering and automated IPA at Fraunhofer, said the focus of the research project is to create a more digital production line that can reduce scrap metal ratio by 10%.
Bauernhansl said that Valta is currently the only company in Germany with large-scale production experience of battery cells, which also reduces the market access risk that enterprises face in entering a new field of large-scale lithium-ion batteries. Altmaier has said that there are stakeholder groups in multiple alliances in the battery production field, and he hopes to make the first specific investment decision at the end of the first quarter of 2019.
Valta, chemical giant BASF and Ford Germany's Ford-Werke GmbH also participated in a dialogue with German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, and the topic of the dialogue was about the establishment of a battery production alliance in Germany.
The German government's efforts to reshape industry policies also mark a breakthrough in the practice of “the government does not interfere with business decisions” and is part of Europe's efforts to form a battery alliance to better respond to Chinese, Japanese and Korean companies. The impact. However, Asian battery manufacturers have already begun to increase battery production, leading to an increased risk of oversupply, and oversupply has also hindered the production of batteries in some of Europe's emerging battery manufacturers.