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European battery makers launch non-profit ‘Upcell’

The “Upcell – European Battery Manufacturing Alliance” non-profit organization was recently founded in Paris. The members and partners have set themselves the task of building a European value chain for batteries and thus accelerating the transition to electromobility.

To that end, the non-profit organization, led by Claude Laperière, will in future be involved in projects across Europe that thematically address battery manufacturing, according to a statement. In addition, the Upcell Alliance plans to raise awareness of the benefits of an economically empowered Europe through large-scale events, promotions and conferences, and to promote international exchanges. The alliance also aims to become an exchange platform for industry representatives.

Members include ACC, BasqueVolt, Bühler, Comau, Freyr, InoBat, Schneider Electric, Verkor as well as a total of seven colleges and universities and the research initiative Battech. From Germany, for example, the University of Oldenburg is represented.

“For us, it is an important concern to be part of the Upcell Alliance from the start”, says Christophe de Maistre, Zone President DACH at Schneider Electric. “Together with other European companies, we want to further develop battery production here and ensure that European industry can remain in competition for the best manufacturing. As an impact business, it is particularly important for us to be able to contribute to a successful mobility transition with our commitment.

With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany. (announcement in German by Schneider Electric),