- The battery cell manufacturer benefits from additional application knowledge
- Laser use is planned as a key technology in production of high-performance battery cells
- The first solutions are already in use in pilot plant in Reutlingen
Cellforce Group GmbH (CFG) and the high-tech company TRUMPF have agreed on a long-term strategic partnership. “Our goal is to produce one of the most powerful battery cells in the world,” says Dr. Markus Gräf, Chief Operating Officer of the Cellforce Group. The Cellforce Group will develop and produce high-performance lithium-ion pouch cells for special automotive applications starting in 2024. To this end, the joint venture of Porsche AG and CUSTOMCELLS Holding GmbH will use TRUMPF’s laser technology to produce high-performance lithium-ion cells. “We will bring our experience in the production of battery cells to this partnership. Cellforce should benefit from our new application solutions at an early stage and can test our latest laser technology,” says TRUMPF Laser Technology CEO Christian Schmitz.
Cellforce is already using lasers from TRUMPF in a pilot plant. “We want to raise the energy density, the performance, as well as the fast-charging capability of the battery cell to a new level,” says Gräf. Cellforce’s production facility, which is being built near Reutlingen, is scheduled to go into operation in 2024 with an initial capacity of at least 100 MWh per year. That’s equivalent to high-performance battery cells for about 1,000 vehicles. “The laser is the crucial tool for the production of battery cells, without which e-mobility is not possible” says Schmitz. There are more than 30 different laser applications in the production of the cells.
The high-tech company TRUMPF offers manufacturing solutions in the fields of machine tools and laser technology. The company is driving the digital networking of the manufacturing industry through consulting, platform and software offerings. TRUMPF is the technology and market leader in machine tools for flexible sheet metal processing and in industrial lasers. In 2021/22, the company generated sales of 4.2 billion euros with around 16,500 employees (preliminary figures). With more than 70 subsidiaries, the Group is represented in almost all European countries, in North and South America, and in Asia. Production sites are located in Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Austria and Switzerland, in Poland, the Czech Republic, the USA, Mexico and China.
For more information about TRUMPF, please visit: www.trumpf.com