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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

Mercedes-Benz and GROB launch battery cooperation

Mercedes-Benz is intensifying its cooperation with GROB-WERKE in the field of manufacturing technology, expanding its production capacity and know-how for next-generation batteries.

Mercedes-Benz says Local battery production is a crucial differentiator for its electric push. The companies will plan for a global battery production network that includes nine battery factories on three continents, underscoring the company's ambition to become fully electric before the end of the decade. To help industrialise the production of future generation batteries, Mercedes-Benz says it is intensifying an existing cooperation with partner GROB-WERKE GmbH & Co. KG.

"The global Mercedes-Benz battery production network is a key pillar of the Mercedes-EQ model offensive and the foundation of our strategic shift from "Electric First" to "Electric Only". Through our partnership with GROB-WERKE, we want to leverage further potential in the area of manufacturing technology in terms of efficiency, digitisation and sustainability and thereby further expand our battery production capacity," says Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, Production and Supply Chain Management.

The focus of the cooperation is on the joint development and construction of highly efficient battery production facilities for the global battery production network and includes the assembly of both battery modules and battery packs. Mercedes-Benz is thus strengthening its battery production capacity and know-how in the field of innovative manufacturing technology. Production systems from GROB-WERKE are already in use in the battery plants of Mercedes-Benz. In the future, the partners will work closely together to develop and construct highly specialised production facilities in the spirit of "Design for Manufacturing".

"Mercedes-Benz and GROB-WERKE have been working together successfully for many years. With this cooperation, we want to continue to be a strong partner for Mercedes-Benz in the future, with innovative plant concepts for battery modules & packs," says German Wankmiller, Chairman of the Board of GROB-WERKE GmbH & Co. KG.

The cooperation will focus on future generations of Mercedes-Benz battery systems to be used in Mercedes-EQ vehicles from 2025.

A global battery production network will in future supply the batteries for the Mercedes-EQ electric vehicles with nine plants in seven locations on three continents. Mercedes-Benz already manufactures battery systems at its locations in Kamenz (Saxony), Hedelfingen (Stuttgart), as well as in Bangkok (Thailand), Beijing (China) and Jawor (Poland). Furthermore, the colleagues in Brühl (Stuttgart) and Tuscaloosa (USA) are already preparing for production in 2022. In addition, a battery plant is also to be built at the Sindelfingen plant near Stuttgart.

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