AMTE Power to set up 500 MWh battery cell factory in Scotland
UK-based battery cell manufacturer AMTE Power has selected Dundee in Scotland as the preferred site for its first mega factory to produce battery cells in the country. The proposed 0.5 GWh plant will commence production from the third quarter of 2025, the company has said.
AMTE Power remains one of the only companies in the UK currently producing battery cells, and the company claims that the proposed new site at Dundee's Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) would ensure the business can rapidly scale up to mass manufacturing volumes.
The state-of-the-art plant will complement AMTE Power's existing facility in Thurso, Caithness, thus enabling the company to respond to emerging demand from the automotive and energy storage markets.
The MSIP site is perfectly suited for a battery mega factory with a highly skilled, local workforce, onsite renewable energy, commitment from the Scottish Government for net zero manufacturing and good transport links, according to the company.
Commenting on the development, Kevin Brundish, CEO, AMTE Power, said, "We are excited to announce Dundee as the preferred location for our first mega factory. The change in our execution strategy will accelerate our journey to mass manufacture of high value added, differentiated cells".
"The mega factory will be a platform from which AMTE can harness our advanced in-house capabilities to build further factories to meet the huge demand for battery cells – allowing us to rapidly scale up production and fast-track the path to achieving net zero", he added.
The plant will build upon the expertise AMTE Power has gained through its battery cell operations in Thurso, alongside the work the company is doing with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre in Coventry and at its technology centre in Oxford.
AMTE has the ambition to use the site at Dundee as a template for future factories producing its high-value product for UK customers. "Battery cells are fundamental to enabling the UK's energy transition and with this investment, we will play a key role in electrifying the vehicles, homes and industries of the future", observed Brundish.
"The site at Dundee is the ideal location for a mega factory, it has the local industry knowledge and is close to our current and future customers in energy storage. We look forward to updating all stakeholders on our progress", he said.