Primobius, the battery recycling joint venture of the German engineering company SMS Group and the Australian battery materials manufacturer Neometals has been awarded a contract to build a shredder plant for lithium-ion battery processing at Mercedes-Benz in Kuppenheim. The plant will have a processing capacity of ten tons per day, corresponding to an annual capacity of 2,500 tons. The project aims to use the recovered materials for the production of 50,000 battery modules which will be installed in future Mercedes vehicles.
Scheduled start-up in first quarter of 2024
Mercedes-Benz broke ground on its battery recycling plant in Kuppenheim, Germany, in March 2023. It was announced that the first phase of this facility, which will include mechanical disassembly using the center shredder, is expected to be operational by the end of this year. According to Neometals, the installation of the shredding facility is now scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023, followed by the scheduled start-up in the first quarter of 2024. Back in March 2022, Mercedes-Benz had already named Primobius as a committed collaboration partner as part of the presentation of its global strategy for the recycling of electric vehicle batteries.