AMTE Power selects Dundee as preferred site for battery cell factory in boost for Scottish net zero jobs

AMTE Power, a leading battery cell manufacturer, has chosen Dundee as the preferred location for its first MegaFactory in a bid to boost UK ambitions to produce homegrown battery cells for a net zero society

AMTE Power, a leading battery cell manufacturer, has chosen Dundee as the preferred location for its first MegaFactory to boost the UK’s ambitions to produce homegrown battery cells for a net-zero society.

The new factory will directly create up to 215 highly skilled jobs on site and 800 more in the supply chain by producing the high-performance battery cells needed to help electrify vehicles, homes and industries for the UK’s energy transition.

AMTE Power remains one of the few companies in the UK currently producing battery cells and the proposed new location in Dundee’s Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) would allow the company to quickly scale up to mass production volumes.

The MegaFactory will complement AMTE Power’s existing facility in Thurso, Caithness, enabling the company to respond to and accelerate the time to market for its cells from customers in the automotive and energy storage markets.

AMTE Power is in talks with Scottish Enterprise to drive development forward, in line with the organisation’s aim to provide financing and support to drive sustainable economic growth in Scotland.

The MSIP site is a perfect fit for a battery MegaFactory with a highly skilled, local workforce, onsite renewable energy, Scottish Government commitment to net zero production and good transport links.

Following the proposed state-of-the-art retrofitting of an existing building at MSIP, AMTE Power’s 0.5 GWh plant could be operational by the third quarter of 2025 and in production based on the current planned timing, bringing new green collar production jobs to coming to Scotland.

The plant will build on the expertise gained by AMTE Power from its battery cell operations in Thurso, in addition to its work with the UK Battery Industrialization Center in Coventry and the technology center in Oxford.

The announcement is part of AMTE Power’s evolved execution strategy to rapidly scale production and meet UK market demand for its products. AMTE has the ambition to use the Dundee site as a template for future factories producing its high-quality product for UK customers. The model is repeatable and is expected to allow AMTE to be flexible in meeting market demand for its differentiated cells.

MegaFactories are smaller than gigafactories and can therefore be built and operational much faster. They have the added benefit of being able to leverage existing infrastructure, providing greater location flexibility, requiring less investment and a faster path to profitability. Due to the high-value nature of AMTE’s products, a smaller scale plant can be profitable than multiple GWh size plants.

Commenting on the investment, Kevin Brundish, CEO of AMTE Power said:
“We are delighted to announce Dundee as the preferred location for our first MegaFactory, a huge leap forward for AMTE. The change in our execution strategy will accelerate our journey towards mass production of high value-added differentiated cells. The MegaFactory will be a platform from which AMTE can use our advanced in-house capabilities to build further factories to meet the massive demand for battery cells – enabling us to rapidly scale production and quickly follow the path to reaching net zero.

“Battery cells are fundamental to enabling the energy transition in the UK and with this investment we will play a key role in electrifying the vehicles, homes and industries of the future. The Dundee site is the ideal location for a MegaFactory, has local industry knowledge and is close to our current and future energy storage customers. We look forward to keeping all stakeholders informed of our progress.”

Councilor John Alexander, Dundee City Council Leader, said: “This is an exciting proposal that has the potential to create hundreds of direct and supply chain jobs.

“All partners are committed to realizing the vision we had for MSIP after the tire factory shutdown.

“AMTE’s proposed MegaFactory fits in perfectly with that vision and would build significantly on the successes already achieved in acquiring tenants for the Parc.

“We want to be at the forefront of new technologies. We want to have a workforce with the right skills for future needs. And ultimately we want to create sustainable employment for the local population.

“We look forward to working closely with local and national partners to advance AMTE’s plans and secure this major investment in Dundee.”

SOURCE: AMTE Power

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