Friday 29 July 2022

Dundee chosen as site for new battery cell ‘megafactory’

Dundee chosen as site for new battery cell ‘megafactory’

The Scottish city of Dundee has been chosen as the preferred site for a new “megafactory” for battery cell production.

AMTE Power's new manufacturing facility is expected to create up to 215 high-skilled onsite jobs and 800 more across the supply chain.

The proposed new site at Dundee's Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) for the battery cells – for use in electric vehicles (EVs), homes and industries - would enable the company to “rapidly scale up to mass manufacturing volumes”.

It will complement AMTE Power's existing facility in Thurso, Caithness, which is believed to have the second largest cell manufacturing capacity in the UK.

The company expects the 0.5GWh plant at Dundee – which will be used as a template for future factories - to be operational and in production by the third quarter of 2025.

Kevin Brundish, CEO, AMTE Power said: “We are excited to announce Dundee as the preferred location for our first MegaFactory, a quantum leap for AMTE. The change in our execution strategy will accelerate our journey to mass manufacture of high value added, differentiated cells. The MegaFactory will be a platform from which AMTE can harness our advanced inhouse capabilities to build further factories to meet the huge demand for battery cells – allowing us to rapidly scale up production and fast-track the path to achieving net zero.

“Battery cells are fundamental to enabling the UK’s energy transition and with this investment, we will play a key role in electrifying the vehicles, homes and industries of the future. The site at Dundee is the ideal location for a MegaFactory, it has local industry knowledge and is close to our current and future customers in energy storage. We look forward to updating all stakeholders on our progress.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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