Battery cell manufacturer AMTE Power has chosen Dundee as its preferred site for its first MegaFactory, where high performance batteries for use in the EV and energy storage sectors will be produced.
Battery storage is key to unlocking the full potential of renewables and developing the EV sector. Providing all goes to plan, the 0.5GWh plant at Dundee’s Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) could be operational and in production by the third quarter of 2025, reportedly creating up to 215 high-skilled jobs on-site and more than 800 across the supply chain.
The new plant will add to the company’s battery cell operations in Thurso and could be used as a template for future factories, as demand for energy storage solutions continues to rise.
Commenting on the investment, Kevin Brundish, CEO, AMTE Power, said:
“We are excited to announce Dundee as the preferred location for our first MegaFactory, a quantum leap for AMTE. The change in our execution strategy will accelerate our journey to mass manufacture of high value added, differentiated cells. The MegaFactory will be a platform from which AMTE can harness our advanced inhouse capabilities to build further factories to meet the huge demand for battery cells – allowing us to rapidly scale up production and fast-track the path to achieving net zero.
“Battery cells are fundamental to enabling the UK’s energy transition and with this investment, we will play a key role in electrifying the vehicles, homes and industries of the future. The site at Dundee is the ideal location for a MegaFactory, it has local industry knowledge and is close to our current and future customers in energy storage. We look forward to updating all stakeholders on our progress.”
Councillor John Alexander, leader of Dundee City Council, said:
“This is an exciting proposal which has the potential to deliver hundreds of direct and supply chain jobs.
“All partners are committed to delivering on the vision that we had for MSIP following the closure of the tyre factory. AMTE’s proposed MegaFactory is a great fit with that vision, and would build significantly on the successes that have already been achieved in securing tenants for the Parc.”