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Thuringia as the first European CATL production site

Since 2019, we have been expanding our CATT (Contemporary Amperex Technology Thuringia GmbH) site in Thuringia. By the end of 2022, CATL's first European production facility will be built here at Erfurter Kreuz for EV batteries, which is to become the headquarters for whole of Europe. As part of this project, we are investing up to 1.8 billion euros and creating up to 2,000 jobs for skilled workers with a wide range of qualifications in the upcoming years. This is one of the biggest investments in Germany in recent years.

  • Jason Chen, General Manager CATL Europe

    "The establishment of our first manufacturing facility outside of China is also an enormous technical, economic and last but not least also an intercultural challenge, which will have to be mastered by our management and employees."

Europe as an important market for CATL

As a globally thinking company, a location in Europe is strategically important for CATL. In the rapid growth of the European market for e-mobility, we also see an opportunity for us to grow as a company and expand our customer base in an area with a high concentration of automotive manufacturers. With our plant in Arnstadt, we ensure production close to our customers. This will intensify our customer relationships, increase our delivery reliability and at the same time save CO2 and transport costs. In addition, we want to use our technology to help the EU achieve its goal of carbon neutrality.

  • Our products

    In Germany, we initially focus on the production of lithium-ion batteries. CATL battery cells are prismatic and vary in size and capacity performance depending on the vehicle type.

    Our batteries are particularly innovative because CATL has managed to combine high energy density with fast charging time and maximum range.

  • Our production

    Our independent production in Germany is based on two main pillars.
    In cell production, the first step is to manufacture various cell types for different customers. The individual cells are then processed into modules in module production and sent to our customers, who then install the modules in their vehicles. Depending on the customer and vehicle type, there are different numbers of cells in a module.

  • Our central distribution centers

    To complement our independent production and to meet our high customer demand, we have established Central Distribution Centers in Erfurt and Magdeburg. Here we receive already produced battery cells from our plants in China. These are repacked, tested and then shipped to our customers.

  • Our final product

    Several battery modules are installed in the e-vehicles as so-called packs. Due to their special characteristics, our products cover the needs of a wide range of car manufacturers. We are proud to list all well-known European automobile manufacturers as our customers.

Future prospects for us and the state of Thuringia

As a technology location in the heart of Germany, Thuringia represents the optimal location for us to build our first European plant. For Germany, the EV battery industry is a completely new branch of industry. However, in Thuringia and its research facilities, we see the potential and support to keep expanding our manufacturing capacities in the future, so that both customers and the state of Thuringia can benefit. Of course, the very good infrastructure (central location in Germany, proximity to two highways and freight stations) also played a decisive role in the Erfurt interchange, as we can quickly reach the customers we supply from here. 
By locating the plant in the heart of Europe, we are driving forward the growth of the electric car industry in the region and support the promising structural change in the Thuringian automotive industry. We are also promoting research and further development of battery technology in Chinese-German cooperation - one driver of this is the recently established "Battery Innovation and Technology Center (BITC)" at Erfurter Kreuz. As a member of the Thuringian community, CATT is thus supporting joint efforts to build a sustainable Europe.

What benefits will the settlement of CATL provide to the federal state of Thuringia?