Yesterday, 14th September, Valmet Automotive celebrated the Uusikaupunki, Finland battery plant. The Grand Opening event was attended by 150 guests, including Mika Lintilä, Minister of Economic Affairs. In the Grand Opening event, the Uusikaupunki battery plant is presented for the first time and it marks the start of production of high-voltage automotive battery modules and battery packs in the new plant. The event includes an introduction to the battery production facilities and processes of the new plant and speeches by Valmet Automotive’s CEO Olaf Bongwald and SVP EV Systems Jyrki Nurmi. The guest speakers are Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä, President of Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions Jarkko Eloranta and Mayor of Uusikaupunki Atso Vainio.
The new battery plant is in the same building with the Uusikaupunki car plant, offering a unique combination of manufacturing services and logistical optimization among automotive service providers. The plant extension with battery production is an essential part of the long-term strategic plan to develop the Uusikaupunki plant.
The Uusikaupunki battery plant will be further extended, running with four battery production lines in 2024. Valmet Automotive’s total investment in the Uusikaupunki battery plant will be around 120 million Euros and the plant will have an annual capacity of 500,000 battery modules and battery packs.
Valmet Automotive now operates two plants for large-scale battery production with Salo and Uusikaupunki sites in Finland, a third battery plant will be opened in Kirchardt, Germany in 2022.
Further information: www.valmet-automotive.com