Saft, world leader in the design and manufacture of hightech batteries for industry, has just inaugurated its brand new advanced technology facility in Zhuhai, China to meet the ever-increasing market demand in Asia.
Built in 2006, Saft’s first facility in Zhuhai initially produced primary lithium batteries in different sizes for the metering market in China. Since then it has enlarged its business scope to include the assembly of nickel-based battery systems for the booming Chinese rail market. In 2014, the facility passed an important milestone in its history, reaching the 100 millionth primary lithium battery produced for those highly demanding markets. Even with a production capacity of 30 million lithium batteries per year and several capacity extensions, the facility has found it challenging to meet customer demands in recent years. For this reason, moving quickly to a larger factory became a priority.
Saft has invested €5 million in the new Zhuhai site in order to double production capacity of primary lithium cells from 30 million to 60 million per year (by Q3 2016). Space has been multiplied by a factor of four from 3,000 m² to 12,000 m². The space dedicated to rail batteries has grown five-fold to 2,000 m² and areas have been reserved for future growth into energy storage and electric vehicle markets.