Date: 15th Sept 2010
A123 Systems opens a big Lithium Ion automotive
battery plant in North America
A123 Systems has opened a big lithium ion automotive battery
production facility in North America. A123 Systems says
this new plant in Livonia, Mich. is expected to expand it's
manufacturing capabilities by up to 600MW hours per year
when fully operational, contributing to the company's plan
to expand global final cell assembly capacity to more than
760MW hours annually by the end of 2011.
"The opening of our Livonia facility is a significant
milestone and confirms that we are accomplishing our stated
objectives that accompanied the DOE grant. Bringing this
factory on line in just over a year is a testament to our
technology innovation and strategic plan to ramp up manufacturing,
but it also speaks to the maturity of the market-without
significant customer demand for our products today, a capacity
expansion of this magnitude would not be possible,"
said David Vieau, president and CEO of A123 Systems. "We
are grateful to the DOE, the state of Michigan and everyone
else who helped make this vision a reality. Over the next
several years, we expect to create thousands of jobs in
greater Detroit and plan to continue our expansion in the
area as we do our part in helping the U.S. emerge as a global
leader in the production of advanced lithium ion batteries."
A123 says the factory is designed to enable the complete
production process, including research and development,
manufacturing of high-value components, cell fabrication,
module fabrication and the final assembly of complete battery
packs ready for vehicle integration. A123 also said it plans
to open a coating plant in Romulus, Mich., expected to come
on line during the first half of 2011.
A123's growing list of customers includes BAE, Eaton, Fisker,
Navistar, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC)
and other global automakers and heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers.