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Italvolt and ABB have announced a partnership agreement as part of plans to build a battery-producing gigafactory in Northern Italy. 

The 100-hectare site in Scarmagno, around 22 miles north of Turin, has a planned capacity of 45 GWh – making it capable of producing around 550,000 vehicles per year. 

ABB will provide Front End Engineering and Design, bringing its expertise in design and delivery of electrification and automation solutions for power control, distribution and management, optimization of manufacturing processes and long-term energy efficiency.

ABB would also consult on robotics and autonomous operations, for transportation and handling of material. It would explore solutions for data gathering, processing, cloud storage and analytics for production planning, quality control, management, operations, and reporting.

“Italvolt has the objective of gathering industrial excellences in each area of our business and we are glad to announce this partnership agreement with ABB, one of the foremost names in the global industry,” says Lars Carlstrom, CEO and founder of Italvolt.

“ABB[‘s] state of art technology will help us in ensuring the sustainability of our production plant as well as enable efficient, reliable, and cost-effective production. We are happy that ABB is joining us for the journey.”

The gigafactory is set to be located at the famous Olivetti site just outside the small town of Scarmagno, and will be designed by iconic Italian automotive design house division Pininfarina Architecture.

“Italvolt’s plans for large-scale manufacturing are crucial for electrical mobility, increased sustainability and reindustrialization of the region,” says Mauro Martis, South Europe Cluster Manager, Process Industries, ABB. “Together we will explore our technologies and synergies with Italvolt, providing our know-how for this ambitious project.”

Italvolt has big plans for its gigafactory and hopes to become one of the main suppliers of green batteries in Europe. 

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