To help industrialize production of future generation batteries, Mercedes-Benz is expanding its longstanding partnership with GROB-WERKE GmbH & Co., a global leader in battery production and automation system headquartered in Germany.
The two companies will work closely on the joint development and construction of highly efficient battery production facilities for the global battery production network, including assembly of both battery modules and battery packs. The cooperation will focus on the system technology of future generations of Mercedes-Benz battery systems for use in Mercedes-EQ vehicles from 2025.
"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" says Jörg Burzer, member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, production and supply Chain management. “Through our partnership with GROB-WERKE, we want to leverage further potential in the area of manufacturing technology in terms of efficiency, digitization and sustainability and thereby further expand our battery production capacity."
"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, GROB-WERKE board chairman and CEO. Production systems from GROB-WERKE are already in use in the battery plants of Mercedes-Benz.
Batteries for Mercedes-EQ electric vehicles will be supplied by a global battery production network with nine plants in seven locations on three continents. Mercedes-Benz already manufactures battery systems at its locations in Kamenz and Hedelfingen in Germany, as well as Bangkok, Beijing and in Jawor, Poland.