Hanover is the perfect host for an event that serves the entire battery and electric and hybrid supply chain, because the city’s automotive industry plays a crucial role in the state’s economy, with 30% of employment in Lower Saxony being in this sector.
A large proportion of this is attributed to automotive suppliers Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge (VW) and Continental AG, vehicle system manufacturer WABCO, construction machinery manufacturer Komatsu Hanomag and the Johnson Controls battery factory, as well as many other automobile production facilities across the state.
The region is bursting with opportunity for the e-mobility industry. This is supported by the federal government, which has invested €38m in Lower Saxony over the last five years through the ‘Our Horsepower Turns Electric’ showcase, an ambitious promotional programme to try out new solutions within electric mobility sustainable energy production.
More than 200 participants from business, science and municipalities within the region are cooperating, and their focus is on future-oriented intermodal mobility concepts, modern and smart charging concepts, the additional production of renewable energy, the development and production of e-vehicles and components, international trade fairs and business links. Many of these organisations will be in attendance at The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo in 2018, hoping to forge mutually beneficial new links with the wider industry community.
Headquartered in Hanover, Volkswagen is supporting this shift towards e-mobility with a recent pledge to create 9,000 new jobs in battery production and mobility services at factories in Germany, reducing its reliance on external battery supply, and creating more demand for suppliers of battery materials, components and manufacturing equipment. The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo offer these suppliers a fantastic opportunity to promote their products and services to Volkswagen and other key automotive companies in the region.
Situated in the heart of Europe, Lower Saxony offers increased opportunities for globalisation, which is a key focus for the 300+ exhibitors at The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo seeking collaborations across the entire global supply chain. The Messegelände boasts the world’s largest exhibition grounds and Hanover offersexcellent European and intercontinental connectionswithmajor transport routes providing easy access for the 2018 event’s anticipated 5,000 attendees.