Electromobility – the Value Chain is Growing in Brandenburg

The Tesla Gigafactory in Brandenburg is like a magnet: By the end of 2022, more than 7,000 employees were working in Grünheide. In addition, there are suppliers and an increasingly broad value chain.

January 2022

The Canadian company Rock Tech Lithium is planning to produce lithium hydroxide in Brandenburg. BASF is building a factory for cathode material and also plans battery recycling. The Chinese company Botree Cycling also intends to do this. SVolt is contributing another building block to the value chain: cell production. The latest example of Brandenburg’s growing value chain: the British EV Cargo group of companies is moving into a large logistics hall for lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. And further inquiries are being processed by the Brandenburg Economic Development Corporation. The value chain in Brandenburg continues to grow …

In July, Chinese battery specialist SVolt announced the establishment of a battery cell production facility in Brandenburg’s Lausitz region. “This investment fits very well in Lusatia. It advances the structural change in the region with future-proof jobs. For Brandenburg, it also means that the electromobility value chain is getting another strong link,” explained Economics Minister Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Steinbach. “SVolt strengthens Brandenburg as a new center for Modern Mobility. The company sets global standards in battery production – now also ‘Made in Brandenburg’,” emphasized Dr. Steffen Kammradt, Managing Director of the Brandenburg Economic Development Agency (WFBB/Brandenburg Economic Development Agency).

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With Botree Cycling, another company has already expressed its interest in investing in Brandenburg this year. Botree Cycling is planning to build a battery recycling plant and an educational and training center in Guben. The Guben site would be the Chinese company’s first location in Europe.  Cheng Wang, Business Development Manager, emphasized: “With the support of the WFBB and Germany Trade and Invest mbH (GTAI), we have been searching very intensively for a possible location in recent months. In the process, several locations were extensively examined and visited.”  Even the initial talks had strengthened the conviction that Guben was the ideal location for the settlement project, he added. Previously, Canada’s Rock Tech Lithium had already chosen Guben as the site to build a converter for the production of lithium hydroxide.

EV Cargo is the latest link in the value chain for battery production in Brandenburg. The company is moving into a logistics property in Frankfurt (Oder). The operator, Alcaro Invest, has been building a large logistics site there since 2018. Peter Bergmann, project manager at Alcaro Invest, is pleased that the tenant of the first hall is working for the future industry of electromobility.

The renowned Prognos Institute concludes that Brandenburg is on its way to becoming a new industrial shooting star. The automotive industry is being reinvented here, said Prognos Deputy Director Olaf Arndt at the Expo Real location trade fair.

Brandenburg: Location for Modern Mobility

The development goes far beyond electromobility: Brandenburg is on its way into the premier league of modern mobility. For example, Germany’s largest testing company DEKRA is building a European test center for autonomous driving at the Lausitzring. The joint project Hybrid-Electric Flying by Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co KG, Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg and APUS-Aeronautical Engineering GmbH is developing environmentally friendly propulsion technologies for aviation. And Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB) and Deutsche Eisenbahn Service AG (DESAG) are testing the use of hydrogen in the rail sector in northern Brandenburg.

Location advantages attract investors

Brandenburg offers investors all business and employment promotion services from a single source. This is unique in Germany and has attracted a great deal of interest, particularly from international investors. Well-located commercial and industrial sites, qualified specialists, a high density of science and research, close networking structures and professional investor services are also available. Companies also benefit from the good funding environment, not only for investments, but also for research and innovation, including employee training.

The federal states of Brandenburg and Berlin together form Germany’s capital region – one of the most dynamic economic areas in Europe. The Brandenburg region and the Berlin metropolis complement each other ideally.