BMW teams up with Dräxlmaier to make batteries in Thailand

By CARSIFU | 12 September 2019

BANGKOK: BMW Group Thailand has started a local high-voltage battery production plant in partnership with the Dräxlmaier Group, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers and a partner of BMW Group since 1966.

BMW Group Thailand launched the local assembly lines in July 2019 at the Dräxlmaier Group plant in WHA Chonburi Industrial Estate 2, 132km south-east of here. The high-voltage battery assembly plant is assembling both battery modules and the battery itself.

Uwe Quaas, Managing Director of BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand said: “One of the pillars of BMW Group’s global strategy is electrification, and BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand is underlining its commitment to this mission by taking another big step forward in our electro-mobility strategy.

"The start of local battery production enables us to better respond to growing domestic demand for electrified vehicles in Thailand. This new capability also strengthens the performance of Plant Rayong in fulfilling the country’s mission of sustainable mobility.”

To ensure that the production process meets the BMW Group’s exceptional standards of quality, experts from BMW Group Munich were involved in the process at the new Dräxlmaier Group facility throughout the process in order to set up a solid foundation for the future.

Since 2017, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand has assembled four BMW plug-in hybdrids at Amata City Industrial Estate, Rayong province.