Husqvarna teams with BMZ on battery development

October 24, 2016 //By Nick Flaherty
Husqvarna manufactures the Flymo robot
Husqvarna of Sweden is working with German battery manufacturer BMZ on joint development and manufacturing of future generation lithium-ion batteries for its forestry, lawn and garden products.

The two will set up a joint development team will reduce time to market and increase the penetration battery powered products in the forestry, lawn and garden market. “With this agreement we will take our current relationship to a strategic cooperation with the aim to claim a leadership position through development of differentiating technologies as well as cost-competitive battery powered products for our industry”, says Pavel Hajman, President of the Husqvarna Division which inlcudes the Flymo brand of robot lawn mowers

BMZ has established a leading position in the lithium-ion rechargeable battery market and is currently Husqvarna Group’s largest supplier of battery packs and will retain this position with this strategic partnership. BMZ is currently expanding its 'gigafactory' battery plant in Karlstein, Germany.

“There has never been a partnership at BMZ like the one we now are committed to with Husqvarna Group. We are very excited to be part of this journey as our teams will work side by side with a holistic view on everything from research through development and manufacturing automation“, says Sven Bauer, Managing Director of BMZ.

The partnership will extend to development, manufacturing and the supply of batteries and chargers for Husqvarna Group, including development of automated production techniques and capabilities for such purposes. The joint operation was set up this month at BMZ’s premise in Karlstein with permanent personnel from both Husqvarna Group and BMZ.

Husqvarna produces chainsaws, trimmers, robotic lawn mowers and ride-on lawn mowers as well as being the European leader in garden watering products and a world leader in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The Group’s products and solutions are sold under brands including Husqvarna, Gardena, McCulloch, Poulan Pro, Weed Eater, Flymo, Zenoah and Diamant Boart.

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