Forsee Power announced today the launch of new automatic assembly lines for batteries at its site in Zhongshan, in the Chinese region of Canton. The new facilities will have an assembly capacity of more than 100,000 scooter batteries and 1,000 batteries for electric buses.
After investing more than €1 million in the Moissy-Cramayel site which opened on 5 Nov 2015, Forsee Power has invested a further €1.5 million in new assembly and production lines at its Zhongshan site in China, to support its strong growth in the country. In addition to the new automatic assembly line of batteries for electric scooters and bicycles, Forsee Power has created a production line of bus and lorry batteries to be launched at the end of the year.
By 2017, capacity will reach 300 MWh – the equivalent of 1,000 electric buses. Forsee Power has also announced the recruitment of system engineers and project leaders in China to boost the local development of its batteries and the export accompaniment service for its Chinese and international clients. Created in 2003, the office and site in Zhongshan will employ 200 people by the end of 2016.
“These investments will allow us to fulfil a considerable number of orders from now until the first quarter of 2017. We plan to step up the production of electric bus batteries in early 2017,” said Frédéric Poupeau, CEO of Forsee Power China. The projected turnover of the Chinese subsidiary is expected to account for 20%-25% of Forsee Power’s overall turnover by 2017.