Battery cell manufacturer, AMTE Power, has selected Dundee as the preferred site for its first factory. The move is seen as a boost to the UK’s ambitions to produce home-grown battery cells for a net zero society.
The new factory will directly create up to 215 highly skilled on-site jobs and 800 more across the supply chain to produce the high-performance battery cells needed to help vehicle electrification, homes, and industries for the UK’s energy transition.
AMTE Power remains one of the only companies in the UK currently producing battery cells and 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 factory will complement AMTE Power’s existing facility in Thurso, Caithness, enabling the company to respond to high levels of interest in its cells from customers in the automotive and energy storage markets and get them to market quicker.
AMTE Power is in discussion with Scottish Enterprise to help bring the development forward, in line with the organisation’s aim to provide funding and support to drive sustainable economic growth in Scotland.
The MSIP site is ideally suited for a battery factory with a highly skilled, local workforce, onsite renewable energy, commitment from the Scottish government for net zero manufacturing and good transport links.
Following the proposed fit out of an existing building at MSIP, AMTE Power’s 0.5 GWh plant could be operational and in production by the third quarter of 2025 based on current planned timings, bringing new manufacturing jobs to Scotland.
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.
The announcement is part of AMTE Power’s evolved execution strategy to rapidly scale-up production and deliver on the UK market demand for its products. AMTE has the ambition to use the site at Dundee as a template for future factories producing its high-value product for UK customers. The model is repeatable and is expected to enable AMTE to be flexible in meeting market demand for its differentiated cells.
What the company calls MegaFactories are smaller than gigafactories and can, therefore, be constructed and become operational much faster. They have the additional benefit of being able to use existing infrastructure providing more flexibility in location, requiring less investment and a faster path to profitability. Due to the high-value nature of AMTE’s products, a factory can be profitable at a smaller scale than the size of factories at multiple GWh size.
Kevin Brundish, CEO, AMTE Power, said: “We are excited to announce Dundee as the preferred location for our first MegaFactory, a quantum leap for AMTE. The change in our execution strategy will accelerate our journey to mass manufacture of high value added, differentiated cells. The MegaFactory 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.
“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. The site at Dundee is the ideal location for a MegaFactory, 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.”