Italvolt signs AECOM for battery manufacturing

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By Nick Flaherty

Italvolt has signed a partnership with AECOM for a range of professional services aimed at optimising operations across the project lifecycle for its battery gigafactory in Italy.

The Gigafactory will be one of Europe’s largest with a production capacity of 45 GWh and total investment of approximately €3.4 billion. AECOM will help optimise the production process within Italvolt’s Gigafactory, ensuring that production of lithium-ion cells on-site will be as lean and resilient as possible and minimising waste during production.

Italvolt is building the Gigafactory at the old Olivetti site along with a 20,000 m2 advanced R&D centre.

The agreement follows deals with ABB for electrification and automation, Equans for clean & dry rooms and process utilities, TÜV SÜD for control and certification of production processes and American Manganese for recycling of lithium ion batteries.

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“We are delighted to be working with one of the world’s leading infrastructure consulting firms. AECOM is the latest industry leading, technical service provider to join our project, underscoring its huge potential for the global battery industry,” said Lars Carlstrom, Italvolt CEO and founder.

“AECOM’s extensive experience supporting large industrial projects globally will enhance the extensive skills of our team and ensure that we deliver a state of the art facility. Our partnership reflects our shared commitment to sustainability and creating a truly circular economy for battery production and recycling in Europe,” he said.

“Significantly, our project will also place major emphasis on delivering tangible regeneration in the Piemonte region. We expect to directly employ up to 3,000 people, providing opportunities for experienced and new workers to reskill, upskill and train in a modern and fast growing industry.”

“We’re excited to be working with Italvolt to progress its ambitious gigafactory, which is set to play an important role in scaling up electric vehicle battery production in Europe. Our team brings global expertise in the delivery of world-class industrial facilities and will be led by our local team in the region,” said Marc Barone, Chief Growth Officer at AECOM.

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