India’s battery manufacturer Amara Raja inks licensing deal with China’s Gotion for lithium-ion cell manufacturing

Amara Raja Advanced Cell Technologies (ARACT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Amara Raja Energy & Mobility (ARE&M), one of India’s battery manufacturers, has signed a technical licensing agreement with GIB EnergyX Slovakia s.r.o., a subsidiary of Gotion High-tech. As part of the agreement GIB EnergyX will license Gotion’s world class LFP technology for lithium ion cells to ARACT.  

This comprehensive agreement enables Amara Raja to manufacture world class LFP cells in both cylindrical and prismatic form factors. The scope of licensing provides access to cell technology IP, support in establishing giga factory facilities conforming to latest generation process technologies, integration with Gotion’s global supply chain network for critical battery materials, and customer technical support for solution deployment. 

The technology transfer and service support will fully complement Amara Raja’s efforts to operationalize its Gigafactory manufacturing capacities and its advanced research and innovation centre, ‘ePositive Energy Labs’, that aims to lead India’s R&D capabilities in this field.  Last year, Amara Raja announced an investment outlay of 9,500 crores to establish the Amara Raja Giga Corridor in the state of Telangana.  The company aims to keep their products competitive and contemporary through access to continuous improvements in cell performance and process efficiencies through the partnership period.  

Amara Raja and Gotion are both shareholders and board members of InoBat, an emerging lithium battery technology company in Slovakia, tackling advanced applications such as electric aviation and developing a robust ‘Cradle to Cradle’ ecosystem of battery value chain.  GIB, a joint venture between Gotion High-tech and InoBat, has recently signed an investment agreement with the Government of Slovakia for the development of the first LFP battery gigafactory in the country.

Gotion High-tech has 8 global R&D centres, 8,000 patented technologies covering the battery industry value chain, 20 major manufacturing locations around the world, and a capacity layout expected to reach 300GWh by 2025.

Vikramadithya Gourineni, Executive Director, ARE&M added, “We are very excited to announce our deepening partnership with Gotion and InoBat. We have invested a lot of time and effort over the past few years to understand the global new energy landscape and made a calculated decision to be a part of the evolving lithium battery ecosystem through our investment in InoBat.  Further collaborating with GIB through their ‘Global C2C Alliance’ brings us great confidence in reinforcing our technology and supply security. We are sure that this partnership will help us accelerate our efforts in establishing the Amara Raja Giga Corridor while Gotion’s acumen lends significant customer credibility to our venture.”

Jayadev Galla, Chairman & Managing Director, ARE&M added, “Last year’s announcements on our investments in the new energy space are part of ushering in a new era we are calling Amara Raja 3.0.  We firmly believe that India will be one of the fastest growing EV markets, and that Gotion’s globally proven technology coupled with our three decades of expertise in the energy and mobility space will be a winning combination. During our history we have cultivated deep relationships with customers across all automotive and industrial battery applications who trust in Amara Raja to continually deliver best-in-class solutions for all of their needs.  In Amara Raja 3.0, we will once again aid our customers as they navigate their own roles in the energy transition.”

Steven Cai, Chairman, GIB EnergyX and Director, Gotion High-tech commented, “India is an exciting market with significant growth potential, and we deeply appreciate Amara Raja’s corporate values, success in Indian market with energy storage products and the strong customer relationships they have built over the years. Gotion has built strong competitive position with its product technology and Giga factory manufacturing expertise over the years and continues to offer innovative solutions across the New Energy value chain. We are pleased with the partnership with Amara Raja to offer our LFP technology which should significantly benefit Indian customers in their energy transition journey.”