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Skeleton Technologies and Siemens have recently agreed on a far-reaching technology partnership with a vision to develop planning and implementation of a fully automated, digital manufacturing technology for the production of supercapacitors in Germany. This new production line will be used in a new Skeleton factory in Markranstädt, Leipzig and this will help in reducing the production costs by around 90 percent within the five-year project. The collaboration aims to achieve the digitization of Skeleton’s entire value chain – from supercapacitor cell design to production and services – and expand to the production of next-generation supercapacitors. Siemens however will support this venture with its comprehensive Digital Enterprise portfolio and the domain know-how in the area of industrial battery cell production. Furthermore, it is planned to further expand the business relations between the two companies.
“Supercapacitors are a key element in dramatically reducing emissions in the power generation, transportation and industrial sectors,” explained Taavi Madiberk, CEO, and co-founder of Skeleton Technologies.
The new factory for the next generation of supercapacitor cells in Markranstädt is scheduled to start production in 2024 and produce up to twelve million cells a year. It will be built in two phases, with the second one to be completed in 2025. The factory will have forty times more output than Skeleton’s current production site in Großröhrsdorf, and 240 jobs are expected to be created. “With our holistic automation and digitalization portfolio, we can use the appropriate tools and our industrial know-how together with Skeleton, from greenfield planning to factory simulation and optimized high-end production, to realize a highly efficient, fully automated production line that is unique in the world,” stated Guido Feind, Head of Siemens Digital Industries Germany.
“Skeleton already has a strong business relationship with Siemens, but thanks to this partnership, we will now also benefit from their world-class expertise in electrification, automation and digitalization to expand our manufacturing,” said Dr. Linus Froböse, Chief Operating Officer of Skeleton Technologies.