Mechanical & Electronic Technologies Division
In 2018 one of the world’s leading battery cell manufacturers, the Chinese company Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL), decided to construct its first factory outside China at the Erfurter Kreuz industrial estate in Thuringia, Germany. The planned EUR 240 million investment, which will provide employment for 1,000 people, could ultimately turn out to be even bigger: the company recently announced that the original plan for 14 gigawatt hours (GWh) of capacity at the factory could be extended to 100 GWh by 2025.
GTAI industry expert Markus Hempel initiated the contact with CATL while working as the director of GTAI’s Shanghai office in China. GTAI offered the company several location options in Germany, providing extensive information on critical factors affecting the location choice. CATL compared these with offers from other European countries and opted for a base in eastern Germany. The Economic Development Agency of Thuringia (LEG Thueringen) supported the investment on site.
Ultimately, Germany was chosen for a number of reasons: the availability of qualified workers, the legally secure investment framework, the well-developed infrastructure and proximity to customers and, finally, the country’s political and economic policy, which supports more energy-efficient cell production.