Battery giant CATL invests 2 billion US dollars in new factory17. February 2022
The world’s largest manufacturer of vehicle batteries, CATL, is investing the equivalent of US$2.09 billion in a new manufacturing facility in China to produce a new type of lithium battery. In mid-September 2021, the Chinese company announced the agreement on the project with the municipal government of Yichun, Jiangxi province. The new factory will exclusively produce batteries for electric vehicles such as cars, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers. CATL has not yet given any details about the exact production capacity and the start of construction. According to CATL, the factory will complement the current capacities and is intended to respond to the increased demand in the market. The production of lithium batteries depends, among other things, on components and production equipment requiring CCC certification, as these can only be imported into and sold on the Chinese market in a certified manner.
Including joint ventures, CATL operates 20 production facilities in China and one in Germany, Chinese stockbroker SooChow Securities reported. CATL’s total battery production volume is expected to be about 600 gigawatt hours in 2025, five times the amount from 2020. CATL, whose full name is Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd, has already increased spending on expanding production capacity in the past two years. In December 2020, a plan was revealed to invest the equivalent of US$6.1 billion, then in February the amount was reduced to US$4.5 billion. In order to fund such large sums, CATL raised about US$9.1 billion through a private placement of shares last month.
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