Tesla’s recent purchase of German manufacturing automation specialist Grohmann Engineering comes as an increasing number of Gigafactory rivals spring up across Europe.
The announcement means at least five gigafactories are now slated for the continent. Tesla itself is planning a European gigafactory in the wake of the Grohmann acquisition. The facility will be used to build batteries and cars.
Meanwhile BMZ opened the first phase of a German battery manufacturing facility in May. LG Chem has unveiled plans for a factory in Poland, potentially opening next year. And Samsung SDI wants to manufacture up to 2.5 gigawatt-hours of batteries in Hungary from 2018.
Carlsson’s venture, SGF Energy, has received little publicity outside his native Sweden, although investors got an update on plans last month at The Business Booster, an event for European energy startups.
SGF Energy has submitted a feasibility study for the plant, which could produce up to 35 gigawatt-hours of batteries a year, to a Swedish government agency in charge of state funding for research and development.
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