Northvolt raises $2.75bn to expand capacity of battery gigafactory

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Swedish lithium-ion battery manufacturer Northvolt has announced the signing of a $2.75 billion private placement to finance further battery cell production capacity and R&D at its gigafactory Northvolt Ett, in Skellefteå, Sweden.

The gigafactory will be expanded from the earlier plan of 40GWh to 60GWh of annual production capacity in order to meet the increased demand from key customers, including a $14 billion order from Volkswagen announced earlier this year.

Including the private placement, Northvolt has now raised more than $6.5 billion in equity and debt to enable an expansion plan leading up to and beyond 150GWh of deployed annual production capacity in Europe by 2030.

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In addition, Northvolt has to date secured in excess of $27 billion worth of contracts from key customers, including BMW, Fluence, Scania and Volkswagen. This investment will support the plan to establish recycling capabilities to enable 50% of all its raw material requirements to be sourced from recycled batteries by 2030.

Peter Carlsson, Co-Founder and CEO of Northvolt, commented: “We have a solid base of world-class investors and customers on-board who share Northvolt’s mission of building the world’s greenest battery to enable the European transition to renewable energy.

“We have been producing cells at our cell industrialization facility, Northvolt Labs, for more than a year and are excited to now bring the knowledge and technology we have developed to the north and start large-scale production,” added Carlsson.

Northvolt foresees tremendous growth in other parts of the European value chain for battery manufacturing and currently anticipates building at least two more gigafactories in Europe over the coming decade, and is actively exploring the opportunity of building the next of these in Germany.

“This is a new European industry in the making and it will require significant investments over the coming decade. It is encouraging to see that the investor community has identified the opportunity early, and we hope to see more investments throughout the value chain over the coming years,” said Alexander Hartman, CFO of Northvolt.

The private placement was co-led by new investors AP funds 1-4, via the co-owned company, 4 to 1 Investments, and OMERS, one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, alongside existing investors Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Volkswagen Group. Also participating in the equity raise are current owners AMF, ATP, Baillie Gifford, Baron Capital Group, Bridford Investments Limited, Compagnia di San Paolo through Fondaco Growth, Cristina Stenbeck, Daniel Ek, IMAS Foundation, EIT InnoEnergy, Norrsken VC, PCS Holding, Scania and Stena Metall Finans.

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