In July of this year, BMW launched a high-voltage battery production plant in Thailand, in partnership with parts maker DRÄXLMAIER. The investment, worth a total of 500 million baht ($16 million), was supported with incentives from Thailand’s Board of Investment. The assembly lines, located at the DRÄXLMAIER plant in Chonburi assemble both battery modules and completed packs.
An unspecified regional supplier is providing battery cells along with other imported parts, such as aluminum housings, electronics and cables. Batteries then move to Plant Rayong for the production of BMW 5 Series Plug-in Hybrids.
Uwe Quaas, Managing Director of BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand, said, “The start of local battery production enables us to better respond to growing domestic demand for electrified vehicles in Thailand. This new capability also strengthens the performance of Plant Rayong in fulfilling the country’s mission of sustainable mobility.”