Start of production at the end of 2022: BMW opens a competence center for battery cell production – Economy

BMW Group competence center for the production of battery cells in Parsdorf near Munich.
BMW Group Competence Center for Battery Cell Manufacturing (CMCC) in Parsdorf near Munich (under construction).

In autumn, the BMW Group will open a Cell Manufacturing Competence Center (CMCC) in Parsdorf near Munich. The necessary approval procedures for the immission check have been completed.

  • Permits were granted to start production in Parsdorf
  • Close-to-batch production of samples for the next generation of battery cells
  • Opening in Fall 2022

The BMW Group aims to demonstrate the industrialization of future generations of high-performance battery cells covering approximately 15,000 square meters. The pilot line in the competence center enables full analysis and understanding of the processes creating added value of the cell. This helps future suppliers to produce cells to their own specifications and thus further optimize battery cell production in terms of quality, performance and cost. The company currently excludes large-scale production of battery cells.

“With the competence center for battery cell manufacturing in Parsdorf, we are taking the next step in deep penetration of the entire value-added process for battery cells. Following the successful implementation of the BCCC battery cell competence center, our focus is now on the production processes. We provide the ability to produce lithium-ion cells from a mass-production perspective in terms of quality, performance and cost, ”explains Markus Fallböhmer, head of production for electric motors and drives at the BMW Group.

Start of production of the pilot line alternately

Investments in the first stage of the expansion of the competence center for the production of battery cells amount to approximately 170 million euros. About 80 employees will work at the Parsdorf plant. The Federal Ministry of Economy and the Bavarian Ministry of Economy, Regional Development and Energy support the project as part of the European funding process IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest).

Due to the complex technology involved, the production of battery cells is launched in several stages. CMCC production will begin in the fall. In the first phase of commissioning, electrode production systems will be installed and put into operation. Here, raw materials such as graphite or nickel oxides are dosed and mixed into the electrodes of the batteries. This is followed by the coating of the metal foils and the final pressing.

In the second phase, equipment for the subsequent assembly and formation of cells will be installed. There, the electrodes are processed with the rest of the components into battery cells, molded and checked for quality. The entire expansion process will take about a year. Nearly serial production of battery cells will come into effect in the competence center next year.

Experience in the production of cells for the »New Class«

In Parsdorf, work is underway on innovative production processes and systems that can also be used in series production. There, the BMW Group produces battery cell samples for a new generation of battery technology that will be used in a new class. With the »New Class«, the company claims to have made a big technological leap in electric propulsion.

The energy density of the future generation of lithium-ion cells is expected to be significantly increased, while lowering material and production costs. The CMCC aims to make an important contribution to this. As a consequence, the activity in Parsdorf will be based on electricity generated regeneratively, e.g. by photovoltaic systems on the roof of the building. Parking spaces in the multi-storey car park are equipped with charging infrastructure.

Battery value chain at a glance

The BMW Group sources battery cells from leading cell manufacturers. Further value creation takes place at the car manufacturer, ie cell preparation, high voltage modules and battery production. The production of e-drive components is spread over multiple locations within the BMW Group’s production network. The high-voltage batteries, battery modules and components are manufactured in Germany at the Dingolfing, Regensburg and Leipzig plants. Further electric spotting scopes are available at the Spartanburg factory in the USA and at the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture in China.

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