AKASOL AG, German manufacturer of lithium-ion battery systems, has acquired a property of 20,000 square meters in southwest Darmstadt, Germany, from the Federal Agency for Real Estate Tasks (BImA) in order to advance the growth of the company.
The new AKASOL headquarters as a visualization (Copyright: AKASOL AG, Darmstadt)
The four-story main administration building, with a gross floor area of 7,000 square meters, will have a modern exterior architecture, generous exhibition areas and bright and friendly social and meeting rooms.
The adjoining production, assembly and warehouse area will have a gross floor space of 15,000 square meters distributed over two-stories, both for the expansion of series production and for the production of small batches. In addition, prototype and model construction, service workshops, the warehouse and the state-of-the-art test and inspection center for battery system development are to be accommodated there.
The new facility is four times larger than current production location in Langen, but Langen will be preserved. The production capacities planned at the new location will be based on new customer order volumes, which are currently still being negotiated.
"The extremely dynamic growth of AKASOL required a massive expansion of office and production capacity. In addition, it is important that we strengthen our development site with a new state-of-the-art test and inspection center that meets all the needs of our battery systems developers. All in all, the city of Darmstadt has created the necessary framework conditions to enable our company to expand its location and thus achieve further growth," said Sven Schulz, CEO of AKASOL AG.
Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2019. Completion is expected by mid 2020, according to the plans of the general contractor commissioned with the construction of the building. The project is managed by Gassmann and Grossmann Baumanagement GmbH from Frankfurt am Main. The new head office will replace the previous office branches in the Darmstadt Schenck technology and industrial park.