As the Chinese market leader in the production of lithium-ion batteries, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) is one of the ten largest automotive suppliers in the world. In 2022, the company generated sales of 48 billion US dollars with around 80,000 employees. In line with the technological innovations of Industry 4.0, CATL has been systematically building intelligent factories since the company was founded in 2011. The overarching goal is to realize a highly networked, flexible manufacturing architecture that uses Industry 4.0 technologies and combines a wide variety of platforms and systems.
The INDUSTRIE 4.0 AWARD goes to the CATL plant in Ningde (China), which is part of the Global Lighthouse Network (GLN) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). As every CATL site, the Ningde plant aims to achieve three goals of “eXtreme manufacturing”: first, to achieve a minimum defect rate, measured in ppm (parts per million / defects per million parts) in the production of battery cells. Secondly, reliability is to be guaranteed over the entire life cycle of battery products. Thirdly, the focus is on improving production efficiency and creating production capacities on a very large scale and high quality.