The German economy is undergoing a period of upheaval. The automotive industry is
investing billions in developing new powertrain technologies and mobility services, while
manufacturing industries and mechanical engineering are becoming greener and more
sustainable. Following the phase-out of nuclear power, by 2038 brown coal will no longer be used
for electricity generation and priority is being given to developing renewable energy sources.
And importantly, digitalization is making its way into almost all areas of our lives. And as if all of this weren’t exciting enough, 2020 will go down in history as the year of the coronavirus pandemic. The virus is not only putting businesses and jobs at risk, it is also speeding up some development processes.
NEW MOBILITY IN SAXONY-ANHALTBig plans:From 2022,batteries witha total capacityof up toten gigawatthours will beproduced eachyear.“The area has astrong, open researchculture…”Press shop 4.0Porsche and Schuler are investingin the Star Park in Halle (Saale).Which customers does Farasis have for thebatteries produced in Bitterfeld-Wolfen?SEBASTIAN WOLF: One of our main customers isDaimler. We will also be supplying lithium-ion batterycells to the Turkish carmaker Togg, which is currentlydeveloping the first Turkish electric car.Farasis intends to make its productionCO 2 -neutral. What does your concept involve?SEBASTIAN WOLF: We are optimizing the processeson the consumption side. This means using machineswith very low consumption levels and keeping the energy-intensiveclean rooms and dry rooms as small aspossible. We will use only green electricity and biogasand are also in discussions about taking measures inthe region to offset the remaining CO 2.What is the schedule for the new plant?SEBASTIAN WOLF: Our plan has several phases. From2022, we will be producing batteries with a total capacityof eight to ten gigawatt hours each year. This will involveemploying about 600 people. In the medium term, weintend to expand the site and create a total of up to 2000jobs.farasis.comGood for theenvironment:Production inthe new Farasisplant will beCO 2-neutral.The sports car manufacturer Porsche and thesheet metal forming specialist Schuler are building anultra-modern press shop for body components in theStar Park in Halle (Saale). The plant will primarily produceexternal parts for vehicle bodies. The entire productionprocess in the Star Park will be digitally networkedand the data will be easily accessible. Porsche and Schulerare planning a joint investment of around 100 million eurosin the press shop. The new plant is the first to be partof the Industry 4.0 strategy of the two companies, whichhave founded the joint venture Smart Press Shop GmbH& Co. KG for the purpose. The press shop, which is locatedvery close to Porsche’s Leipzig plant, will come intooperation in mid-2021. A highly efficient logistics systemwill allow the CO 2emissions from the production processto be reduced. Around 100 jobs will be created in the StarPark during the start-up phase. It is entirely possible thatthe plant will be expanded, because in addition to the13 hectares of land for the press shop itself, the two companieshave also acquired a further 31 hectares.“Schuler is a highly competent and innovative partnerwhich is setting new standards in the digitalization offorming technology,” explains Albrecht Reimold, Memberof the Executive Board for Production and Logisticsat Porsche. “Our joint venture represents another majorstep forward in sports car production. We can link design,development, bodywork planning, tool manufacturingand production even more closely together and increasethe efficiency of our processes.”“The close cooperation with Porsche – an important customerfor us with very exacting standards – is our mainfocus,” says Domenico Iacovelli, CEO of Schuler AG. “At thesame time, we see the joint construction and operationof the smart press shop as a project which will enableus to take the efficiency of our production systems andthe digitalization of important stages in the process ofcar manufacturing onto a new level in terms of formingtechnology.”porsche.deschuler.de16 17