How does the plant management benefit from the cooperation with industrial service specialist?
Increasingly, new plants for battery cell production are being built, more and more also in Western Europe, both by Asian and American manufacturers and more and more by European companies. And they have clear criteria: sustainability in the supply chain, proximity to vehicle assembly plants, carbon neutral production, access to qualified personnel, knowledge of local legislation, and a fast ramp-up curve. Many of these companies are new to countries such as Germany or France. They then not only have to set up production facilities in a short time, but also train 1,000 to 2,000 employees and introduce manufacturing and testing processes. Time to market is everything! Experienced industrial service specialists such as Leadec, who already have their own systems and tools for setting up technical service units in greenfield plants, take on many of the tasks.
And what does outsourcing mean on the cost side?
Today, the media often still focus on topics such as fast-charging capability, energy density, and range. In order to further increase the demand for battery-powered vehicles, the vehicle costs and thus, above all, the production costs of electric vehicle batteries are coming under pressure. This is where automation and maintenance come into focus. It is true that material and equipment costs account for the largest share of the manufacturing costs of a battery cell, about 70 - 80 percent in combination. However, this proportion will continue to fall significantly over the next few years due to the further development of materials technologies, irrespective of the location of the plant. Significant cost components will then remain in the shape of wage and maintenance costs. Innovative automation solutions and maintenance concepts for the new manufacturing and assembly technologies, such as the use of smart factory analytics, should significantly improve the competitiveness of European battery cell plants.