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On November 13th, 2020, we celebrated another important milestone of our European investment project with the symbolic groundbreaking event at BASF Schwarzheide site. Take a moment to join us to learn about our strategic investment and to participate in the event virtually.

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On November 13, 2020, we hosted our live virtual groundbreaking event from Schwarzheide, Germany due to the global pandemic. The replay will is available below.

BASF Schwarzheide Groundbreaking Event Replay (English)

BASF Schwarzheide Groundbreaking Event Replay (Deutsch)

European Battery Materials Investment Project: to create a sustainable European battery materials value chain

We believe electromobility, combined with renewable energy, is a key part of reconciling the global desire for individual mobility against the need to significantly reduce global emissions. Together with the already announced investment for precursor of cathode active materials in Harjavalta, Finland, our new plant in Schwarzheide will deliver more sustainable, high-performance cathode active materials to our customers in Europe and contribute to build up a sustainable European battery value chain. Both plants will start-up in 2022 with an initial capacity enabling the supply of around 400,000 full electric vehicles per year.

BASF's investment in Europe will help customers keep the carbon footprint through the value chain as low as possible. Our cathode active materials will have an industry leading low CO₂ impact. Thanks to our efficient manufacturing process, the high share of renewable energy, the upstream integration into the key raw materials like Cobalt and Nickel, as well as the short transportation route along the value chain we are able to reduce the CO₂ footprint significantly – by around 30% compared to the conventional industry standard on the market.

Snapshot on the new plant in Schwarzheide

BASF’s new plant for cathode active materials is located at the BASF site in Schwarzheide, one of the largest European sites within the BASF Group after its headquarters in Ludwigshafen. The new plant will focus on the production of high-energy density cathode active materials and use precursors from the new plant in Harjavalta, Finland. This will also send a positive signal for shaping the structural change in the Lausitz region. The site in Schwarzheide uses an energy-efficient gas and steam turbine power plant that operates on the principle of combined heat and power generation. It is currently being modernized to further increase its eco-efficiency. Until the battery materials plant is commissioned, the integration of renewable energies is also planned.

With the commissioning of the plant, more than 150 jobs will be created. This will also send a positive signal for shaping the structural economy change in the Lausitz region.

The investment is supported by the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Brandenburg within the IPCEI on Batteries.

Sponsors: Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag and Ministry of Economics, Labour and Energy of the State of Brandenburg on the basis of a resolution of the Brandenburg State Parliament.

Impressions from the symbolic groundbreaking event

Find videos and photos from the symbolic groundbreaking celebration event at BASF Schwarzheide site.

Have a look at how BASF management around the globe virtually celebrated the symbolic groundbreaking event in Schwarzheide.

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English Version(s)

Groundbreaking for cathode active materials production plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

Schwarzheide battery materials investment

European Battery Materials Investment Projects

Creating a sustainable battery materials value chain

Shape the future of E-mobility

German Version(s)

Spatenstich für BASF-Anlage für Kathodenmaterialien in Schwarzheide

Schwarzheide-Investition für Batteriematerialien

Investitionsprojekte für Batteriematerialien in Europa

Schaffung einer nachhaltigen Wertschöpfungskette für Batteriematerialien

Die Zukunft der E-Mobilität gestalten

Updates from European Battery Materials Investment Projects

Find a selection of recent project updates on our two investments in Harjavalta, Finland and Schwarzheide, Germany:

Check out our 3D Animation for our future battery materials site in Harjavalta, Finland

Our leaders celebrate our virtual groundbreaking due to the global pandemic

3D Animation of our new Schwarzheide, Germany plant

Knowledge transfer from Japan for European investments for battery materials.

Casting of the foundation and start of upwards construction for BASF’s battery materials plant in Harjavalta, Finland.

Steel construction progress of BASF’s battery materials plant in Harjavalta, Finland.

Press Releases

Jun 15, 2020

BASF’s battery materials plants in Europe advance as planned

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Feb 12, 2020

BASF further invests in Europe to strengthen global leadership position for battery materials for electric vehicles

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Oct 22, 2018

BASF and Nornickel join forces to supply the battery materials market

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Snapshot on the new plant in Harjavalta

BASF’s new plant for precursor cathode active materials is located in close proximity to partner companies in the Harjavalta industrial park. This ensures the secure and reliable supply of raw materials and also reduces the carbon footprint during transportation. To further minimize the CO2 impact, the new plant will use renewable energy resources, including hydro, wind and biomass-based power. It will offer more than 100 job opportunities to the Satakunnan region and will be an important building block in the establishment of a Finnish battery value chain. The investment is co-funded by Business Finland within the IPCEI on Batteries.

Battery materials business

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