AKASOL AG, the leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance lithium-ion battery systems, has celebrated the ground-breaking ceremony for its new headquarters in southwest Darmstadt. The 22,000 m² site will feature a 7,000 m² main administration building and 15,000 m² of state-of-the-art production and logistics facilities, including a dedicated testing and validation center. Completion of the project is planned for mid-2020 and will enable the company to meet its growth plans over the coming years.
The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Darmstadt Jochen Partsch, IHK President Matthias Martiné and Dr. Philipp Peter Nimmermann (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), State Secretary at the Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing of the State of Hesse.
Sven Schulz (AKASOL CEO) and Carsten Bovenschen (AKASOL CFO) as well as Jochen Partsch, Dr. Nimmermann and Matthias Martiné officially opened the construction site this morning by symbolically breaking the ground.
"AKASOL is experiencing a phase of extremely dynamic growth which requires continuous investments in our office and production capacities, as well as ongoing recruitment of new employees in almost every area,” said AKASOL CEO Sven Schulz. "Our new headquarters will enable us to provide our highly-motivated employees with the best conditions for their valuable work, as well as offer a large number of attractive social and meeting rooms to promote our great corporate culture."
In his speech, Schulz thanked the Mayor of Darmstadt, Jochen Partsch, who has supported the establishment of AKASOL on the former Kelley Barracks, and emphasized the close ties between the company, a Technical University Darmstadt spin-off and the city, which is officially known as the City of Science.
Fig. from left to right: Carsten Bovenschen (CFO AKASOL AG), Matthias Martiné (IHK President Darmstadt Rhein Main Neckar), Sven Schulz (CEO AKASOL AG), Dr. Philipp Peter Nimmermann (State Secretary at the Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing), Jochen Partsch (Mayor of Darmstadt), Stephen Raiser (CTO AKASOL AG), Felix von Borck (Head of Sales Rail & Industrial Vehicles AKASOL AG)
"I am very pleased that AKASOL is sending a clear message with its plans for Darmstadt. The city has a long history of mechanical and electrical engineering. As a pioneer of the shift to electric transportation solutions, AKASOL will carry this tradition into the future,” commented Mayor Partsch.
"Our goal is to make Hesse a forerunner in the energy transition,” added Dr. Philipp Nimmermann, State Secretary of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing. "The expansion of electromobility is a key factor in this. This applies not only to passenger cars but also to buses and trucks, with powerful batteries a key to this success. We are therefore very pleased that AKASOL is strengthening the development of its battery storage systems in Hesse by investing millions into its new headquarters. The move also shows that AKASOL's use of our funding innovation program has started great things at the company."
"AKASOL's decision to build its new headquarters on the former Kelley Barracks underlines Darmstadt's attractiveness as a location for innovative companies," said Matthias Martiné, President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Darmstadt.
A campus feeling with state-of-the-art technology for series production of high-performance battery systems for commercial vehicles
Two new buildings will be erected on the approx. 20,000 m² site in the south of Darmstadt. A four-story main administration building will have a gross floor area of approx. 7,000 m², while a production, assembly and logistics hall with a gross floor area of approx. 15,000 m² will be spread over two floors. AKASOL’s existing Darmstadt office at the Schenck Technology and Industrial Park will be replaced by the new headquarters, though the company’s series production facility in Langen will remain in operation.
The production and logistics building will be used for the expansion of serial production and the manufacture of small series battery systems. Prototype and sample construction, service workshops and an ultra-modern test and validation center for battery system development will also be located on the site. The latter will enable AKASOL's developers to carry out mechanical, electronic and electrotechnical tests - from the battery cell to the battery system - using state-of-the-art testing equipment.
Currently, more than 240 AKASOL employees work across the company’s two existing locations in Darmstadt and Langen. By the end of this year, the company expects to have approx. 270 employees, while the new location can accommodate up to 500 employees.
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