Three German firms–GROB, Manz and Dürr, have partnered to provide lithium-ion battery producers with production technologies. According to GROB, the partnership will “offer customers a powerful alternative to existing suppliers, who are mostly based in Asia. The three companies want to set innovative machine standards made in Europe.”
GROB manufactures production systems for electric drives.
“In the field of battery storage technology, we have developed process knowledge for battery module and pack systems with pouch and hard-case cells, and we have already delivered several large-scale plants,” says Chairman and CEO German Wankmiller. “GROB has also started developing system technology for the production of battery cells. Through our cooperation with Manz and Dürr, we can quickly implement large-scale plants for the international automotive industry and its suppliers. This enables us to offer solutions from a single source along the entire value chain, from coating through to pack assembly.”
GROB says Dürr will bring its experience in electrode manufacturing, cell assembly and module assembly to the partnership. “Among other things, Dürr provides coating systems for electrodes to Cellforce, the Porsche joint venture. Dürr also brings to the partnership its skills in large project execution as well as in automation and digitalization.”
According to GROB, Manz will bring to the partnership its experience manufacturing and assembling into modules different battery formats including wound button, prismatic and stacked pouch cells.
“The combined technology offering of Dürr, GROB, and Manz stands for highly efficient manufacturing processes with maximum digitalization, a high level of availability and excellent product quality,” says Dürr CEO Dr. Jochen Weyrauch. “This enables both mass and premium manufacturers to produce exactly the right battery types for their requirements.”