Capgemini joins Verkor's French battery cells plant project

by John Shepherd
Artist's impression of the Verkor plant. Image: Verkor and partners
Consulting and tech services multinational Capgemini has joined the venture launched by French start-up Verkor, to build a 50GWh lithium-ion battery plant in the country.

Capgemini said it will deploy its digital and data services expertise to help Verkor "achieve excellence in low-carbon battery manufacturing”.

Verkor said last year it was investing an initial €1.6bn (£1.4bn) in the project, with production starting in 2023.

The plant will have an initial 16GWh battery cell manufacturing capacity, "which will increase to 50GWh in line with market dynamics”.

'Digital skills'

Verkor CEO Benoit Lemaignan said: "Capgemini’s market leading capabilities in engineering and digital skills will enable us to refine our manufacturing process to reduce waste and improve the environmental and economic performance of our business model.”

Capgemini Invent MD for Southern and Central Europe, Roshan Gya, said: "Digital will play a key role in securing the competitiveness of European gigafactories. We are excited to apply our know-how in digital and contribute hand in hand with Verkor to the creation of a modern, connected and highly efficient gigafactory in France.”

Capgemini joins Schneider Electric, EIT InnoEnergy and Groupe Idec, who announced their partnership with Verkor in July 2020.

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