BMW Group Thailand has inaugurated native high-voltage battery manufacturing plant in partnership with the DRÄXLMAIER Group, one of many world’s main automotive suppliers and a companion of BMW Group since 1966. BMW Group Thailand launched the native meeting strains in July 2019 on the DRÄXLMAIER Group plant. The high-voltage battery meeting plant is assembling each battery modules and the battery itself.
One of many pillars of BMW Group’s international technique is electrification, and BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand is underlining its dedication to this mission by taking one other large step ahead in our electro-mobility technique. The beginning of native battery manufacturing allows us to higher reply to rising home demand for electrified automobiles in Thailand. This new functionality additionally strengthens the efficiency of Plant Rayong in fulfilling the nation’s mission of sustainable mobility.
—Uwe Quaas, Managing Director of BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand
Specialists from BMW Group Munich have been concerned within the course of on the new DRÄXLMAIER Group facility all through the method with the intention to arrange a strong basis for the long run.
The high-voltage battery is a central factor of partially and absolutely electrified automobiles and requires specialised expertise to supply. Superior coaching and qualification applications have been initiated in September 2018. The workers from the DRÄXLMAIER Group who’ve participated within the battery manufacturing coaching program at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing—the BMW Group Competence Middle for e-drive manufacturing—and the BMW Group pilot plant for e-drivetrains in Munich, at the moment are prepared for the high-tech meeting work to supply the newest era (Gen4) of the BMW Group high-voltage batteries.
This includes using manufacturing applied sciences onsite corresponding to laser welding, plasma activation, robotics, gluing, automated optical and electrical inline high quality inspection together with end-of-line testing. The coaching can be targeted on supporting a extremely automated course of, which is a vital a part of battery module manufacturing, in addition to complete high quality assurance, product methodology and know-how, rework, and evaluation.
The workers will work on battery cells offered by a provider within the Asian area together with different imported elements—corresponding to aluminum housing, electronics, and cables—to roll out high-voltage batteries that meet BMW Group’s world-class customary and are in full compliance with Thailand’s native content material requirement regulation.
Remaining batteries will then be transported to Plant Rayong for the manufacturing of the whole vary of BMW 5 Collection Plug-in Hybrid Automobiles. Since 2017, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand has assembled 4 BMW plug-in hybrids at Amata Metropolis Industrial Property, Rayong province.
Following on from BMW Group Thailand earlier endorsement for incentives by Thailand’s Board of Funding (BoI) for a 700 million baht (US$229 million) outlay in BMW plug-in hybrid electrical car (PHEV) manufacturing, the corporate has collectively invested with DRÄXLMAIER Group on this battery meeting plant, value 500 million baht (US$163 million).