Made in Australia: sonnenBatteries
Last week marked a new chapter for energy storage in Australia with sonnen producing the first sonnenBatteries at its manufacturing plant in Adelaide. Employing 50 staff, sonnen’s manufacturing facility at the former Holden factory was officially opened by SA Premier Steven Marshall and Christoph Ostermann, chief executive officer of sonnen (pictured above).
The company also notched up another milestone with an expansion of warehouse flooring to store sonnenBatteries.
Speaking during the occasion Ostermann said “Today, we celebrate a new era for clean energy manufacturing in South Australia with the assembly of our first sonnenBatteries at Elizabeth. This marks a new milestone for sonnen as we’ve commenced production in the Asia Pacific region for the first time in the company’s history.
“Sonnen is committed to our expansion and investment in South Australia with the hiring of a highly skilled operations team right here in Adelaide. This will serve as a foundation for sonnen’s growth and expansion in the future.”
Sonnen aims to produce 10,000 batteries a year to meet demand from Australian households and for export to Asia Pacific. It plans to create up to 430 new jobs in South Australia as it ramps up production as a home battery supplier for the $100 million South Australia Home Battery Scheme.
According to staff recruiter Randstad this represents one of South Australia’s largest manufacturing recruitment drives in recent times.
Ross Pelligra, Chairman of Pelligra and owners of the LIONSGATE Business Park where sonnen has leased space for manufacturing and warehousing said, “sonnen has established a presence in Elizabeth at a time when South Australia’s manufacturing industry is undergoing a period of transition. Their choice to build a world-class manufacturing facility in the former Holden factory and sonnen’s investment is an endorsement of South Australia’s advanced manufacturing talent and industry.”
The sonnen Group was ranked one of the “Top 50 Smartest Companies 2016” by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), listed alongside Amazon, Facebook and Tesla. Investors in the Bavarian company include Shell and General Electric.