PEM and Partners Present E-Mobility Production Awards to BMW and Bosch

26/10/2023
The 2023 E-Mobility Production Award in three categories Copyright: © PEM Motion | Bertha Ortega

The Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University and the engineering service provider PEM Motion have honored Bosch as well as BMW with the E-Mobility Production Award. Bosch received the newly created award in the category "E-Motor Production" category for its plant in Hildesheim, while BMW was honored in the "Battery System Production" category for its plant in Dingolfing during the 11th Electric Vehicle Production Days (EPT) in Aachen.

  BMW and Bosch are presented with the 2023 E-Mobility Production Awards Copyright: © PEM Motion | Bertha Ortega

High efficiency of the plants honored

"In addition to their efficiency, these sites are also convincing in areas of innovation such as the number of patents and the expenditure ratio in research and development," says Professor Heiner Heimes, member of PEM's institute management. The jury based its choice of Bosch as the winner on the number and diversity of its customers - such as Fiat, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Peugeot and StreetScooter – as well as the ratio of production volume to the space required for it. The BMW plant in Dingolfing also has a high level of efficiency, where the large number of model series that the plant supplies with batteries stands out – for example, the BMW i4, i7, iX, iX3, and Mini SE models.

Scaling of production getting increasingly important

"23 production sites for electric motors and batteries in the DACH region show the growing importance of the topic across a broad area," says Dr. Christoph Deutskens, CEO of PEM Motion. "Electric mobility has arrived in the mass market, which makes scaling of production increasingly important. The production volume per area of the leading sites is above average, making them ideally prepared for scaling." For the new award which is aimed at companies from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (DACH), industry experts from event partner and automotive management cosultant Berylls Strategy Advisors, PEM Motion and PEM of RWTH Aachen University had analyzed publicly available data and information from 23 companies in the field of electric vehicle component production – looking at production volume per area, production efficiency, patents per employee, R&D ratio, and CAGR growth over the past five years.

Germany serves as role model for plants and process

"It can be seen that leading e-motor production sites have a high level of vertical integration and that an early focus on developing components for electric mobility is now a clear advantage," says Alexander Timmer, an e-mobility expert at Berylls. "If batteries are produced in Germany, these plants and their processes serve as blueprints for international sites for various manufacturers. Obviously, we have real champions here in Germany that can also compete internationally." With the transformation to electric mobility, suppliers and partners to the automotive industry are gaining even greater weight, because their process innovations for the production of the central components, such as the electric motor and the traction battery, ensure that the transformation can proceed without disruptions. New value-adding processes for the electric drive are also being created at automotive manufacturers, thereby changing previous production sites and organizations.

Third prize winner chosen live by the public

As the third winner of the E-Mobility Production Award, in the "Process Innovation" category, TRUMPF Photonic Components GmbH was voted live by the audience in Aachen during the event. The mechanical engineering company is based on the RWTH Aachen Campus.

Further information on the E-Mobility Production Awards and the Electric Vehicle Production Days (EPT) is available online.