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Leclanché repositions itself - cooperation announced


  • Leclanché repositions itself - cooperation announced

    Leclanché repositions itself - cooperation announced

    The Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché enters into a partnership with the Eneris Group, which operates from Poland, and at the same time is strategically repositioning itself. For this purpose, several joint ventures are to be founded - also in Germany.

    Leclanché wants to become a "market-oriented, research-oriented software and system integration company". The customer contracts should remain unchanged with the Swiss and existing orders will continue to be served - Leclanché mentions in the message an order backlog of over 90 million francs (just under 84 million euros) by 2021.

    The changes in the strategic realignment mainly affect production - this is where the new partner from Poland comes into play. Eneris is investing a total of CHF 95 million in the form of working capital loans and in expanding its capacities. It is planned to establish two production joint ventures, one in Germany for the production of cells and the other in Switzerland and Poland for the assembly of modules. A third is being considered for France. Around 135 production employees are to be transferred to the joint ventures. The new partners do not yet give details of the individual joint ventures.

    However, Leclanché will relinquish part of the control over the joint ventures. "The majority of the shares will be owned by Eneris, while Leclanché will hold a minority stake with important reserve and licensing rights," said Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché. The Swiss, however, will continue to own the technology and say they will continue to invest in research and development related to cells, modules and battery management systems.

    According to Leclanché, the Eneris Group is a key participant in the EU's “Important Project for Common European Interest on batteries” ( IPCEI ) program. With the partnership, the Swiss want to become “one of the market leaders in the field of energy storage with a full value chain”. The focus should continue to be on stationary energy storage, but also on mobile applications in ships, trains, heavy-duty machines, trucks and buses.

    The Swiss emphasize that "there is a solid basis for profitable growth" - the restructuring is nevertheless due to the difficult economic conditions due to Covid-19-. It is said that demand is currently far exceeding production capacities. With the cooperation, Leclanché would not have to manage the investments of CHF 113 million for 2020 and 2021 alone.

    Another point: the operating costs are to be reduced by around 20 percent. "The company's board of directors has decided to reorganize Leclanché's operating model because the current business units have reached a critical size in terms of personnel, sales and customer contracts," said Stefan Müller, chairman of the board. ,
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