Lauchhammer – Another company that manufactures batteries is settling in Lusatia. The Chinese high-tech company Svolt has taken over the former Vestas site in Lauchhammer (Oberspreewald-Lausitz). The company’s European boss, Kai-Uwe Wollenhaupt, presented the plans on Friday. “The settlement is another milestone in the development of local battery production capacities in Europe”. The company made a conscious decision to locate in Lusatia. The project is an integral part of an infrastructure for electromobility that is currently being developed in Brandenburg.
The company initially did not provide any information about the amount of investment at the Lausitz site, the exact start of production and the number of jobs that could be created. Svolt is still in an early phase with the project, said Wollenhaupt. A master plan for the conversion, modernization and expansion of the former Vestas site is currently being drawn up. A takeover of former Vestas employees is conceivable for the company. The plant could one day have a capacity of around 1000 jobs. Production could start in 2025. However, that depends on the technology that is established in the plant, according to Wollenhaupt.
Company employs around 12,000 people worldwide
Svolt produces lithium-ion batteries and battery systems for electric vehicles and energy storage. According to the company, the company employs around 12,000 people worldwide, 3,000 of them in research and development. The head office is in Jiangsu Province, China. The European subsidiary Svolt Energy Technology (Europe) GmbH is based in Frankfurt am Main.
Brandenburg’s Economics Minister Jörg Steinbach (SPD) said at the meeting that he would like work for around 250 people. But you must be willing to continue your education. The state wants to support this financially and make 50 percent of the training costs available to the company. There is also a federal program for the qualification of specialists in this area. It is important to him that the state government has kept its word to establish a new investor within months, said Steinbach. That is a signal for the region.
With Svolt, a company is coming that fits perfectly into Lusatia, said the managing director of the Brandenburg Economic Development Agency (WFBB), Steffen Kammradt. The WFBB accompanied the settlement intensively. “Lusatia is developing a strong profile in the field of battery technology,” says Kammradt. After RockTech in Guben, the production of cathode material at BASF in Schwarzheide and anode material at Altech in the Schwarze Pumpe industrial park, the value chain in Lusatia was expanded with Svolt.
The settlement of future technologies in Brandenburg is a success for Brandenburg and strengthens the economic power of Lusatia – I welcome the settlement of SVolt.
Zyon Braun, state chairman of the Brandenburg FDP
Rotor blades for wind turbines were produced in the former Vestas factory in Lauchhammer. Vestas decided last year to close the plant and two other European locations. Production ended at the turn of the year. According to the business development agency, Svolt is the 23rd Chinese company to settle in Brandenburg.
The state chairman of the Brandenburg FDP, Zyon Braun, said he was pleased. “The settlement of future technologies in Brandenburg is a success for Brandenburg and strengthens the economic power of Lusatia – I welcome the settlement of SVolt,” he said. It is also a success for economic policy. But Minister Steinbach shouldn’t lose sight of medium-sized companies despite all of this. This is fighting for survival due to the pandemic and increased energy prices. (dpa)
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