If everything goes as it currently looks, numerous batteries will have their origin in Guben on the Polish border and will also approach the end of their life cycles there. Because in addition to Rock Tech, which wants to set up Europe’s first lithium hydroxide converter there, a battery recycling plant is also to follow.
According to a report in the local newspaper Lausitz review the Chinese company Botree Cycling wants to settle here. According to reports, the plant for recycling battery cells is to be put into operation as early as 2025. At the same time, there are plans to set up an education and training center in which specialists will be trained in the recycling of electricity storage devices.
A preliminary contract is said to have already been signed between the managing director of the Chinese company and the mayor of the city of Guben, Fred Mahro (CDU), in which, among other things, the plots of land for the future factory were specified. This is an area of 3.8 hectares in a commercial area. However, options for further expansion were also explicitly stated.
Botree had already been looking for a suitable location beforehand. Probably due to the framework conditions and the settlement of other companies in the industry, the focus then quickly fell on southern Brandenburg. “With the support of the Brandenburg Economic Development GmbH and Germany Trade and Invest mbH, we have been looking very intensively for a location in recent months. Several alternatives were extensively examined and inspected. The first discussions with the economic development of the city of Guben and with the mayor strengthened our conviction that the Guben-Süd industrial area is the ideal location for our settlement project,” explained Cheng Wang, the manager responsible for business development.