VARTA Consumer is underscoring its commitment to Germany as a production location. The full-range portable battery supplier is investing a two-digit-million sum in the Dischingen plant and increasing output by more than 20 percent.
With the expansion of production that began in fall 2016, VARTA Consumer Batteries is investing a total of €11.3 million in the production site, which is certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001 and 14001. As a result of the modernization and expansion of the two production lines for manufacturing AA and AAA batteries, production volume is being increased to 1.6 billion round cells per year. The approximately 450 employees who work here also benefit, since the expansion of production will cut down on Sunday and holiday shifts in the future.
A professional implementation plan that has undergone detailed coordination will prevent any production downtime or delivery bottlenecks during the measures aimed at expanding production. Regular operations at the plant will continue practically as normal, even when the updates and expansion work are performed. These measures are scheduled to wrap up in fall 2017.
Strong growth in Europe
As the only manufacturer of alkaline portable batteries, VARTA Consumer produces in Germany. In the past two years, it has expanded production by more than 250 million alkaline batteries to meet demand in Europe. "The continuous demand for VARTA batteries reflects the trust and satisfaction of end consumers worldwide," says Peter Werner, General Manager Consumer Batteries Europe/ Middle East Africa and Australia. The market leader in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and eleven other European countries is responding to rising demand by expanding the Dischingen plant, thereby preparing itself for the future. "We are proud to produce in Germany and believe in the leading ‘Made in Germany’ quality standard."
 Source: Production figures of VARTA Consumer Batteries
Further information can be found at www.varta-consumer.com and on VARTA Consumer’s official Facebook page.
About VARTA AG
VARTA AG produces and markets a comprehensive battery portfolio, ranging from microbatteries, household batteries, energy storage systems to customer-specific battery solutions for a wide range of applications, and, as a technology leader, sets industry standards in key areas. As the parent company of the Group, it operates in the business segments “Microbatteries & Solutions” and “Household Batteries”.
The “Microbatteries & Solutions” segment focuses on the OEM business for microbatteries as well as on the lithium-ion battery pack business. Through intensive research and development, VARTA sets global standards in the microbattery sector and is a recognized innovation leader in the important growth markets of lithium-ion technology and primary hearing aid batteries. The “Household Batteries” segment comprises the battery business for end customers, including household batteries, rechargeable batteries, chargers, portable power (power banks) and lights as well as energy storage devices. The VARTA AG Group currently employs almost 4,000 people. With five production and manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia, and distribution centers in Asia, Europe and the USA, VARTA AG’s operating subsidiaries are currently active in over 75 countries worldwide.