The news is exactly one year old: starting in 2025 MAN Truck & Bus will produce high-voltage batteries for buses and trucks on a large scale at its plant in Nuremberg. A total investment of about 100 million euros for a production capacity of more than 100 thousand battery packs per year.
Well, today, twelve months after the announcement, the Lion received a 24 million euro grant from the Bavarian state government. Symbolically, at the company’s headquarters, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder handed the company four grant notifications, declaring, “MAN is moving into the future and doing so with the strong support of the State of Bavaria. This is the starting signal for a real battery technology gigafactory in Nuremberg. We are pursuing industrial policy in Bavaria by investing in research. MAN is one of the big, successful companies that have made Bavaria and Nuremberg economically big and strong. To make sure it stays that way, the future starts now.”
«I am very pleased that we are receiving the necessary support on this path. I would like to thank the Bavarian state government, the city of Nuremberg, but also the employees and all the other entities involved for the pragmatic and constructive cooperation, the atmosphere of trust in the discussions, and the speedy decision-making processes. Germany can have a future if, as in this case, politics and business pursue a common goal», Alexander Vlaskamp, Chairman of the Board of MAN Truck & Bus SE, commented instead. His words were joined by those of Markus Wansch, Chairman of the MAN Works Council in Nuremberg and Vice Chairman of the General and Group Works Council: «The transformation ahead is a major challenge that can only succeed if companies work together with works councils, trade unions and politicians. From this point of view, it is a good sign for the Nuremberg metropolitan region and the Free State of Bavaria that mass production of batteries is being supported here at the MAN plant in Nuremberg»