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Ford has recently invested in its Saarlouis plant to produce the latest generation of its popular Focus model. Key additions include the introduction of two hot forming press lines and eight related laser cutting stations for the high-strength steel sections.
China currently dominates global EV battery recycling capacity, making up two-thirds of all facilities used to re-use battery materials worldwide. The primacy of the Asian market means that the majority of batteries used in other markets have to be processed in Asia.
As demand for EVs increases globally, hiking up production of battery packs is increasingly essential to OEMs. Carmakers are now seeking ways of building the packs and modules on the same site in order to simplify their supply chains.
As global demand for electric vehicles ramps up, OEMs are increasingly looking to develop their own battery chip-making capacity. Through partnerships and in-house development, carmakers are also seeking to be less reliant on complex supply chains and produce essential equipment closer to their customers.
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