BMW Group will open its Cell Manufacturing Competence Center this fall

The BMW Group will to open its Cell Manufacturing Competence Center (CCMC) in the fall. With the emission control approval procedure now complete, the necessary conditions are in place for the commissioning of near-standard production of lithium-ion battery cells at the Parsdorf Competence Center outside Munich. .

In an area of ​​approximately 15,000 square meters, the BMW Group will demonstrate the industrial feasibility of future generations of high-performance battery cells. The skills center’s pilot line will enable the analysis and understanding of the cellular value creation processes.

BMW Group Battery Cell Manufacturing Competence Center / CMCC in Parsdorf near Munich (under construction); May 2022

This will allow future suppliers to produce cells to the BMW Group’s own specifications and thus further optimize battery cell production in terms of quality, yield and cost. The company is currently ruling out the possibility of establishing its own large-scale battery cell production.

The Cell Manufacturing Competence Center in Parsdorf is the next logical step towards penetrating all aspects of the battery cell value chain. After the successful establishment of the Battery Cell Competence Center (BCCC), we now focus on production processes. We validate the manufacturability of lithium-ion battery cells for standard large-scale production, in terms of quality, efficiency and cost.

—Markus Fallböhmer, Head of Production Engines, E-Drives at BMW Group

The investment in the initial development phase of the Cell Manufacturing Competence Center amounts to approximately 170 million euros. About 80 employees will work at the Parsdorf site. The German Federal Ministry of Economics and the Bavarian Ministry of Economics, Regional Development and Energy are supporting the project as part of the EU funding process IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest).

Due to the complex technologies involved, production of the battery cells will be commissioned in stages, with production expected to start at CMCC in the fall. In the initial phase of the ramp-up, the electrode production systems will be installed and run-in. During this step, raw materials, such as graphite and nickel oxides for battery electrodes, are metered and mixed. This is followed by the coating of the metal sheets and the final compression.

In the second phase, the systems for the subsequent assembly and formation of the cells will be installed. In this step, the electrodes are processed along with the other sub-components to create battery cells and are formed and checked for quality. The whole ramp-up process will take about a year. Over the next year, the production of near-standard battery cells at the competence center will switch to normal operation.

In Parsdorf, work will also focus on innovative production processes and systems that can be used in standard production. The BMW Group will produce sample battery cells at this site for the next generation of battery technology for use in the Neue Klasse.

The Neue Klasse represents a major technological leap for the company in electric drive systems. The goal is to significantly increase the energy density of the next generation of lithium-ion cells and, at the same time, reduce material usage and production costs. The CMCC will make an important contribution to this.

Operations in Parsdorf will rely on electricity generated from renewable energies, in particular from photovoltaic systems installed on the roof of the building. The parking spaces in the garage are also equipped with a charging infrastructure.

The BMW Group sources battery cells from leading cell manufacturers. The rest of the value creation, i.e. the preparation of cells and the production of modules and high-voltage batteries, takes place at the car manufacturer. Components for the electric powertrain are manufactured at multiple sites in the BMW Group production network. For example, high-voltage batteries, battery modules and components are produced in Germany at factories in Dingolfing, Regensburg and Leipzig. Other electric powertrain components come from the Spartanburg plant in the United States and the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture in China.

Marjorie N. McClure