Daimler has also decided to site its Daimler Truckstore in Thuringia, which boasts a central location in Germany, namely in its largest industrial district, the Erfurter Kreuz,. A stone’s throw away, innovative packaging specialist Papacks Sales GmbH is building a ten-million-euro gigafactory. The award-winning company has replaced nearly 2.5 million kilograms of plastic – the weight of ten jumbo jets – by making sustainable packaging. The Cologne-based firm meets the growing demand for sustainable, eco-friendly packaging solutions with a wide product range, from transport and industrial trays to packaging for food and medical or cosmetic products to refill caps, advent calendars and much, much more.
Plastics processor Röchling Medical has set its sights on expansion: The company is investing 50 million euros in a factory building and production equipment in Neuhaus am Rennweg in southern Thuringia, adding around 30 new jobs to its current payroll of 350. Röchling made this move to set up its Medical division for further growth.
Auto parts supplier Robert Bosch Fahrzeugelektrik, which has called Eisenach home since 1992 and produces sensors and other components with a team of 1,800 employees, has decided to serially produce 48-volt batteries. It will be investing EUR 80 million in its site; it has already constructed a factory building and is currently preparing for series production. This innovative energy storage technology – the driver of 48-volt hybrid systems for motor vehicles – has already been developed in Eisenach. Bosch has been steering this cutting-edge project in Thuringia for four years. Its Eisenach factory recently won the competition to be the European production site, which means the second, more powerful generation will enter series production in summer 2021. Bosch is sourcing the battery cells used in the 48-volt batteries from Chinese company CATL, with whom it has established a long-term relationship.
Current expansion projects are moving full steam ahead – including the one of the Chinese battery manufacturer CATL. After the groundbreaking in October 2019, construction on the 24-hectare site in the Erfurter Kreuz industrial park has made considerable progress. The initial production lines are currently being installed in the already existing factory building which has been purchased in 2019. Another milestone in Thuringia’s evolution into a region of battery excellence is the opening of the Battery Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) in Arnstadt. This Fraunhofer center of competence and innovation, located nearby and cooperating closely with CATL, conducts research into energy-efficient, eco-friendly battery manufacturing methods.
Marquardt’s project is also going well; however, the southwestern German auto parts supplier decided to expand its presence in Thuringia and purchased an additional 15-hectare site where it plans to invest an eight-digit sum in the production of battery management systems.
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