BatHium Canada is expanding its Boucherville, Que. plant to meet growing demand for electric vehicle batteries.
March 28, 2011
by PLANT STAFF
MONTREAL: BatHium Canada is expanding its Boucherville, Que. plant to meet growing demand for electric vehicle (EV) batteries.
The manufacturer of lithium-metal-polymer (LMP) batteries is investing $176 million in its Montreal-area, South Shore facilities and adding 245 new jobs over five years to a current workforce of 67.
BatHium, a subsidiary of France’s Bolloré Group, said it will ramp up it annual production capacity at its Boucherville plant to 15,000 batteries to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles.
The company is setting up a centre of excellence to develop and manufacture the next generation of batteries, making it “the reference centre” for LMP production, and the main R&D site for Bolloré Group in the sector. The plant will also become the group’s largest subsidiary – in terms of workforce and sales – in North America.
BatHium acknowledged assistance from the Québec government, and business development agencies Développement économique Longueuil (DEL) and Montréal International.