ElringKlinger to open new Battery Center in the USA

Dettingen/Erms, June 25, 2024 +++ ElringKlinger opens a new Group site in Easley in Pickens County in the northwest of the US state of South Carolina. Thomas Jessulat, CEO of ElringKlinger AG, met the Governor of the US state, Henry McMaster, on Monday evening to discuss the current status of plans for the site. ElringKlinger will primarily manufacture battery technology products at the new facility and plans to develop the site into a battery hub for its activities on the American market. 

CEO Thomas Jessulat commented: "The new site is the next step for ElringKlinger in the implementation of its SHAPE30 transformation strategy. The American market generally offers great potential for e-mobility applications, and we have already received a first high-volume series nomination. When it comes to unlocking this potential, the US state of South Carolina is an optimal starting point for the establishment of the Group’s Battery Center Americas, as yesterday's talks with Governor McMaster once again underlined."

ElringKlinger will initially manufacture cell contacting systems in Pickens County for a launching customer. In the first stage, the center will cover an area of 21,000 m² with additional expansion space. Over the coming years, the site will gradually be expanded to become ElringKlinger's battery center for the American market. Operations at the new site are scheduled to commence in mid-2025.

Pickens County, with Easley as its largest city, is centrally located on the axis between Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC, in the northwest of the US state of South Carolina. Automotive hubs are in the immediate vicinity. Renowned universities such as the Clemson University ensure a high level of qualification in the regional labor market, especially in the technical field.