The new production contract strengthens Valmet Automotive's position as a major supplier of automotive battery systems and further supports the company's strategic goal of expanding the EV Systems business line. The contract also is a sign of the continuous and rapid growth in demand for battery systems. Details of the new contract cannot be disclosed yet.
Construction work in the Uusikaupunki battery plant is progressing according to plans. The installation work of the production lines has already started. The Uusikaupunki battery plant will be producing battery modules and battery packs, and the plant will employ about 200 people in the start-up phase. Personnel training for the positions will begin in the first half of 2021.
- With bold investments, Valmet Automotive has quickly become a major supplier of battery systems to automotive OEMs. Already a third battery manufacturing contract for the new battery plant in Uusikaupunki within a short period of time is a strong indication that we are moving in the right direction and that Valmet Automotive has world-class competencies in battery systems, says Jyrki Nurmi, SVP EV Systems.
Office and production facilities are controlled clean areas with standardized temperature and air humidity. Several stages of the production process, such as laser welding, gluing, riveting and helium tightness testing, are automated. Production will feature about 60 robots, and parts will be transferred by automated conveyors with a total length of about one kilometer.
- Valmet Automotive is building a unique service for the automotive industry in Uusikaupunki. We offer our customers a highly flexible and environmentally conscious opportunity to manufacture both electric vehicles and their battery systems under the same roof, says Olaf Bongwald, CEO of Valmet Automotive.