BMZ Press Information
You can find all press releases published in 2017 & 2018 below.
Press Releases 2018
BMZ Group to invest more than $ 2,800,000 USD in Virginia BeachKarlstein, 04 December 2018 • BMZ Group, that opened its U.S. headquarters in Virginia Beach in 2011, is a global leader of lithium-ion battery and charging systems. The company has selected a new location in Virginia Beach at 1429 Miller Store Road to expand its manufacturing operations.
The increasing demand for electric cars ensures the takeover of the battery manufacturerKarlstein, 27 November 2018 • The e-car boom is just getting started, and yet the cell market is already firmly in the hands of a few companies. The battery or the battery cell is the most important and costly component of an electric car. Worldwide, the demand for electric cars and thus for battery cells is rapidly increasing, more and more automobile manufacturers announce for the next few years, new models with electric drive. Today, electric vehicles are still considered a rarity, but are well on the way to the mass market.
BMZ invests millions in German cell productionKarlstein, 20 November 2018 • The BMZ Group, the largest producer of lithium-ion battery systems in Europe, takes over the majority of TerraE, with the goal to build the first cell production in Germany by 2020. The company, which was originally founded with four shareholders, will in future be managed by Sven Bauer, CEO & Founder of the BMZ Group, and will resume its business operations.
BMZ takes over TerraE and pushes forward plans for German cell productionKarlstein, 19 November 2018 • The BMZ Group, based in Karlstein, invests in the TerraE Holding GmbH and takes over the Frankfurt-based company as well as the TerraE Engineering GmbH with headquarters in Dresden. Sven Bauer, CEO and founder of the BMZ Group, becomes Managing Director and focuses on German Li-Ion cell production.
BMZ Group builds largest battery production for electric vehicles in Lower FranconiaKarlstein, 11 September 2018 • On November 7, 2018, the first symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for a further production building and a logistics center of the BMZ Group took place in Karlstein, Lower Franconia. In about one year, the new capacities will be used for the production of high-tech battery systems in electric vehicles
BMZ Group now official shareholder of Sachs Micro MobilityKarlstein, 11 September 2018 • The BMZ Group based in Karlstein am Main has now been officially announced as a shareholder of Sachs Micro Mobility Solutions GmbH. After a short period of examination, the EU Commission gave the green light to the fourth shareholder of the joint venture.
BMZ Group invests 120 million euros in the industry of the futureKarlstein, 25 September 2018 • The BMZ Group, headquartered in Karlstein am Main, is investing further 120 million euros in the expansion of the production of battery systems. "By the end of September 2019, the second of three construction phases in Karlstein will be completed, in which high-tech products will be built," says Sven Bauer, owner of the BMZ Group.
BMZ premium batteries are also available for SHIMANO STEPS now!Karlstein, 11 September 2018 •The E-bike system supplier BMZ and SHIMANO have a cooperation. SHIMANO STEPS is the high-end E-bike component brand. SHIMANO STEPS develop and produce a wide range of E-bike systems in production facilities across the world.
BMZ Group supply Eurabus with bus battery systems in worth of 200 million EuroKarlstein, 28 August 2018 • The future belongs to electric mobility. In the near future, special batteries are expected to power millions of electric vehicles and provide long driving ranges. At the moment, just 300 of the roughly 45.000 public transport buses in Germany are electrically powered
Connect C turns BMZ e-Bike Drive System smartKarlstein, 12 July 2018 • E-bike system supplier BMZ supports manufacturers on their way of digitalising their product portfolio. Based on connectivity solutions of technology company COMODULE, BMZ has developed a plug-and-play device that enables a seamless communication between the rider and his bike.
BMZ Group supplies innovative lithium-ion battery modules to SENECKarlstein, 08 June 2018 • The BMZ Group produces battery modules especially for Deutsche Energieversorgung GmbH based in Leipzig, known under the brand name SENEC. BMZ has developed the lithium-ion battery modules together with SENEC and integrated them into their latest storage systems.
ees Europe München – BREAKFASTKarlstein, 06 June 2018 • On the occasion of the ees Europe trade fair in Munich from June 20 to 22, 2018, we cordially invite you to the BMZ Group booth to find out more about the energy storage market and news about the BMZ Energy Storage Systems.
EUROBIKE - INVITATION PRESS-BREAKFASTKarlstein, 06 June 2018 • On the occasion of the EuroBike trade fair in Friedrichshafen from July 8 to 10, 2018, we cordially invite you to the BMZ Group booth to find out about new high-performance drive system and the BMZ platform batteries for various systems. Take this exclusive opportunity to interview Sven Bauer, CEO & Founder of the BMZ Group and experts from BMZ's E-Bike Experts Team.
BMZ offers Cargo Battery for E-Cargo BikesKarlstein, 06 June 2018 • A new trend in mobility is sweeping major European cities: More and more companies are using
E-cargo bikes to deliver their goods on time quickly, inexpensively, and in a way that’s good for
the environment. T
Trend Setters in Battery Design –Karlstein, 06 June 2018 • Finding the best solution for where to mount the battery is one of the biggest challenges in
developing modern E-bikes. The trend in the E-bike industry is towards integrated batteries built
into bicycle frames.
BMZ Group founds Solarteurs ClubKarlstein, 06 June 2018 • On 13 September 2018, the BMZ Group founds its Solateurs network at the international headquarter in Karlstein a.M. (Bavaria). As a leading provider of powerful and cascadable home and commercial energy storage solutions, the company offers solateurs a partnership that brings many benefits.
BMZ Group concludes with LG Chem contract over a few hundred million cellsKarlstein, 09 May 2018 • BMZ GmbH entered into a long-term agreement with LG Chem Ltd., the world's one of the largest cell manufacturer based in Korea, for the supply of a few hundred million lithium ion cells by the end of 2022. "This provides our customers with long-term security of supply for their products based on lithium-ion technology,"
BMZ Group cooperates with Heckert Solar on solar battery systems "Made in Germany"Karlstein, 07 May 2018 • The BMZ Group as a manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries launches a cooperation in the field of energy storage with the German solar module manufacturer Heckert Solar GmbH. Together, the two companies offer the best service and highest quality "Made in Germany". To meet this benchmark, Heckert Solar includes the "ESS battery storage" in its portfolio.
- Karlstein, 02 May 2018 • The green and low carbon lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular in China and is promoted by the Chinese government. One of the topics of this year's 28th China International Bicycle Fair is therefore the "Green Lifestyle". In an open e-bike exhibition hall especially for this industry,
BMZ Group announces cooperation with Hans H. Schive in NorwayKarlstein, 26 April 2018 • BMZ GmbH cooperates in the area of energy storage systems with the Norwegian company Hans H. Schive, which as the sole Norwegian company becomes the representative for the energy storage systems (ESS) of the BMZ Group in Norway. The partnership will start in May 2018.
BMZ China is investing ten million euros in its 12-storey headquartersKarlstein, 24 April 2018 • By the middle of the year, around 1000 employees will move into the new building of BMZ China. "BMZ China will invest ten million euros in the new location to meet future project requirements, such as for big batteries, and to create the necessary capacity for further growth in the Chinese market," explains Sven Bauer, CEO & Founder of the BMZ Group.
MunichExpo organizes eMove360° Battery Conference 2018 with BMZ and BatteryuniversityKarlstein, March 2018 • As part of the eMove360° Europe 2018 International Trade Fair for Mobility 4.0 - electric - connected - autonomous, organizer MunichExpo will once again hold a congress accompanying the exhibition, the eMove360° Conferences
BMZ presents E-Mobility Batteries at the LogiMAT Trade FairKarlstein, 6 March 2018 • As a global player in lithium-ion battery systems, the BMZ Group develops large-scale batteries for vehicles like buses, forklifts, cranes, sweepers, commercial vehicles in harbours and airports, E-taxis, industrial trucks, and E-boats. The advantages of BMZ lithium-ion battery technologies are their quick-charging capabilities and long service life of up to 20 years.
Commission welcomes TerraE project in support of EU Battery Alliance - TerraE on board EU Battery AllianceKarlstein, 26 February 2018 • On 22 and 23 February 2018, on the occasion of the "EU Industry Day" under the umbrella of the European Commission, a number of discussions on various industrial aspects were held in Brussels. For TerraE Holding GmbH, CEO Mr. Holger Gritzka, participated in a discussion on the future of battery production in Europe, together with Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič.
15th Battery Experts Forum Starts with 1,200 ParticipantsKarlstein, 15 February 2018 • The Battery Experts Forum in Aschaffenburg City Hall set a new participation record with 1,200 attendees. The forum has developed into one of the largest events in Europe for battery manufacturers, their suppliers, researchers, developers, and users.
Project Fab4Lib Launched with 19 PartnersKarlstein, 29 January 2018 • On 01/18/2018, 36 specialists from a total of 19 research institutions and industrial companies met at Manz AG in Reutlingen under the project management of TerraE Holding GmbH to officially launch the Fab4Lib research project to develop large-scale mass production for lithium-ion cells.
BMZ Brings New “ESS X” Energy Storage System with Higher Capacity to MarketKarlstein, 26 January 2018 • With the new lithium ion energy storage option – the BMZ Energy Storage Systems ESSX – both private and commercial solar system operators have the ability to inexpensively store solar energy during the day, then use it in their own homes or businesses as needed.
Press Releases 2017 & 2018
INVITATION TO THE PRESS ROUND TABLEKarlstein, 24 January 2018 • 15th Battery Experts Forum, Town Hall Aschaffenburg 27th February-1st March 2018. On the occasion of the 15th Battery Experts Forum, we kindly invite you to the Aschaffenburg Town Hall.
Creating the Conditions for Large-Scale Series Production of Lithium-Ion CellsKarlstein, 09 January 2018 • A consortium of 17 companies and research institutions will begin research and development on processes for large-scale series production of lithium-ion battery cells in January 2018. The goal of the project is to explore innovative solutions along the value chain of lithium-ion technologies, and validate these through demonstrators. The project is led by TerraE Holding GmbH, which intends to subsequently implement the results achieved in large-scale series production in its own plants in the near future.
E-Mobility: New Hybrid Storage Concept to Increase Range and PowerKarlstein, 07 Dezember 2017 • As part of the “hyPowerRange” project, funded by BMWi, we are developing and testing a new kind of battery concept that provides an inexpensive, modular, and flexible way to improve the performance and capacity of electric vehicle batteries.
BMZ Group and Eurabus set new standards in the E-Bus industryKarlstein, 09 November 2017 • The BMZ Group has signed a 150 million euro agreement with Eurabus GmbH to deliver battery systems for E-buses. The framework agreement governs a long-term collaboration to create system solutions for E-buses, and covers over 1,000 battery systems for buses scheduled to be delivered over the next 2-3 years.
Start the New Season with the BMZ Training Academy for E-Bike RetailersKarlstein, 07 November 2017 • The BMZ Training Academy will launch in January 2018, offering multiple training courses for E-bike retailers. During a one-day training session at the BMZ Group International Headquarters in Karlstein a.M., specialists will train interested participants on the BMZ Drive System open system solution.
BMZ Central Service Offers Battery RecyclingKarlstein, 07 November 2017 • The BMZ Group offers a unique return and recycling service for lithium ion batteries in any EU member state. “For customers of the BMZ Group worldwide, the advantage is that they can receive all of the services their business needs from a single source,” explains Sven Bauer, CEO & Founder of the BMZ Group in Karlstein a.M.
BMZ Group has achieved a jump in sales of 300 percent in FranceKarlstein, 05 November 2017 • By the end of 2017, the BMZ Group will increase its sales in France by 300 percent in comparison with 2016. “Under the leadership of Jean-Marc Brunet, General Manager at BMZ France GmbH, we are expanding with a growing team on the French market for lithium-ion battery system applications,”
New General Manager in the USKarlstein, 16 October 2017 • Kai Schöffler took over the position of General Managers at BMZ USA Inc. in Virginia Beach. Since 2013 he was engaged as Head of Corporate Development at BMZ Holding GmbH and as Senior Group Controller. Under Kai’s leadership, BMZ USA's goal is to double its revenues to eight million USD in 2017, following a sales volume of around four million USD in 2016.
TerraE Opens Engineering Office for Cell FactoriesKarlstein, 12 October 2017 • TerraE Holding GmbH has expanded to handle its planning activities by founding the subsidiary TerraE Engineering GmbH. A team of engineers will take over the planning activities for all future lithium-ion cell production factories within the TerraE group.
TerraE ensures raw materials delivery from Magnis ResourcesKarlstein, 11 September 2017 • TerraE Holding GmbH has signed a memorandum of understanding with the company Magnis Resources Limited, headquartered in Sydney Australia, to deliver raw materials for the gigafactory for battery cell production it is planning for Germany.
Service for e-bike retailers - BMZ Group expands Central Service internationallyThe BMZ Group offers retailers pick up and drop off service, e-bike battery repair, telephone consulting, and service software. In order to serve customers across the complete life cycle of a product, BMZ Central Service offers highly trained technicians and specialists with many years of experience in service management
BMZ presents charging and battery exchange station for the City E-TaxiKarlstein, 24 August 2017 • BMZ GmbH will be presenting the charging and battery exchange stations it developed for City E-taxis under the Adaptive-City Mobility (ACM) research project at the IAA New Mobility World.
BMZ batteries increase the range of E-mountain bikesKarlstein, 24 August 2017 • E-bike technology is a fixed part of the sporty bike segment today. The bicycle industry is opening up all new perspectives for cyclists not only with E-mountain bikes, but with E-racing
bikes as well.
The Power Bank for E-bikes – the Range Extender by BMZKarlstein, 24 August 2017 • The Range Extender is a mobile charger for E-bike batteries. The Range Extender is an energy dispenser shaped like a bicycle water bottle that delivers the extra reserve energy
that riders need on the go.
BMZ offers Cargo Battery for E-Cargo BikesKarlstein, 24.08.2017 • A new trend in mobility is sweeping major European cities: More and more companies are using E-cargo bikes to deliver their goods on time quickly, inexpensively, and in a way that’s
good for the environment.
EuroBike: BMZ presents news of BMZ Drive SystemsKarlstein, 22 August 2017 • In anticipation of the EuroBike trade fair in Friedrichshafen from August 30th to
September 2nd, we would like to invite you to visit the BMZ Group exhibition booth to learn about new developments in BMZ Drive Systems.
BMZ E.Volution Center Develops the Batteries of the FutureKarlstein, 22 August 2017 • The international headquarters of the BMZ Group will be launching the E.Volution Center starting in September 2017. Over 150 developers will be developing the energy storage
systems of the future in Karlstein am Main in Aschaffenburg
Trend Setters in Battery Design – BMZ Presents New Integrated E-Bike Batteries at EuroBikeKarlstein, 22 August 2017 • Finding the best solution for where to mount the battery is one of the biggest challenges in developing modern E-bikes.
TerraE Creates Consortium for GigafactoryKarlstein, 03 August 2017 • TerraE-Holding GmbH has composed 17 major companies and research institutions to a consortium to handle planning for building large-scale lithium ion battery cell manufacturing in Germany.
BMZ GmbH is one of “Bavaria’s best 50” companiesKarlstein, 01 August 2017 • For the fourth time, BMZ GmbH has been selected as one of the winners of the “Bavaria’s best 50” competition organised by the Bavarian state ministry of economic affairs,
BMZ Drive Systems offers connectivity solution with ComoduleKarlstein, 25th July 2017 • BMZ GmbH integrates additional connectivity solutions for the BMZ Drive System. A smartphone is used to link the E-bike to an intelligent network.
BMZ Poland Moves to New Company Facility in Gliwice with 650 EmployeesKarlstein, 05 July 2017 • In the middle of July, around 650 employees of the BMZ Group in Poland will move into the new company facility “Alberta Einsteina.” The employees at the factory and the administrative staff will be moving to the new building in July.
BMZ Group Manufactures Lithium-Ion Battery Systems in Austria and SwitzerlandThe BMZ Group has concluded a cooperation agreement with AKKU Mäser GmbH to collaborate in assembling lithium-ion battery systems. “In the future, BMZ will manufacture prototypes and series products in cooperation with AKKU Mäser.
Energy Storage Systems and Multigrid Inverter form the perfect team for reducing electricity costsKarlstein, 24th May 2017 • BMZ GmbH cooperates with Dutch company Victron Energy B.V. in the energy storage system area. The BMZ Energy Storage System (ESS), including the products ESS 7.0 and ESS 9.0 work perfectly with an inverter from Victron – the Victron Multigrid Inverter.
TerraE plans gigafactory for lithium-ion cells in GermanyKarlstein, 22nd May 2017 • Start-up company TerraE Holding GmbH based in Frankfurt am Main is planning a large-scale production for lithium-ion cells in Germany. The founding partners are BMZ Holding GmbH, Dr Ulrich Ehmes and Holger Gritzka, who will also take over the management.
Intersolar Europe: BMZ Introduces New ESS 9.0 Energy Storage System for Commercial and Industrial ApplicationsKarlstein, 02.05.2017• BMZ energy storage systems (ESS) offer an economical way to store electricity for commercial plants with photovoltaic components. This allows commercial and industrial customers to use inexpensive electricity for operations around the clock.
Expansion in Asia The BMZ Group Presents at the China International Bicycle Exhibition in ShanghaiKarlstein, 02.05.2017 • BMZ Company Ltd. will be presenting the BMZ Drive System at the China International Bicycle Exhibition in Shanghai from May 6th - 9th. The exhibition is the leading trade fair for the bicycle industry in China, and the full range of bicycles will be on display there on an international stage.
Adaptive City Mobility (ACM) blazes new paths for competitive electric mobilityHannover – at the CeBIT 2017, will present the entirely developed CITY eTAXI at the booth of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The launch of the newly developed vehicle type positions the CITY eTAXI as a counter-approach to today’s developments in the automotive sector.
13th Battery Experts’ Forum – International setting of the battery
The top topics of this year’s industry meeting point on 15th and 16th March 2017 include the “global market for lithium ion battery technologies” and “cell manufacturers and users”. The topics of “electromobility” and “new materials and technologies” will be discussed in two further sessions.
BMZ Brings New Energy Storage System with Higher Capacity toWith the new lithium ion energy storage option – the BMZ Energy Storage Systems (ESS) – both private and commercial solar system operators have the ability to inexpensively store solar energy during the day, then use it in their own homes or businesses as needed.
BMZ Manufactures Lithium-Ion Batteries for E-Mobility Applications
As a global player in lithium-ion battery systems, the BMZ Group develops large-scale batteries for vehicles like buses, forklifts, cranes, sweepers, commercial vehicles in harbours and airports, E-taxis, industrial trucks, and E-boats.
“AkkuWelt” - Reference Work on Battery Technology
No matter whether they're used in the automotive sector, electric bicycles, tools, energy networks, or industrial manufacturing: batteries play an ever growing role in our society, and are at the heart of many different evices and systems. They make mobile applications possible and drive innovation on all technologically-oriented markets.