German company Manz AG has received a potentially important order for its pilot system used in laser welding lithium-ion cells.
The order, reported to be in the six-figure range, was made by a mystery company from the American e-mobility industry.
If the new process successfully qualifies for series production, it could mean follow-up orders in the triple-digit million range in the coming years, said the company’s CEO Dieter Manz.
The pilot system comprises of a laser welding process used for the electrical connection of individual lithium-ion cells into a battery system.
The welding process minimises molten metal from mixing, and can be used for high-frequency local modulation with a wobble frequency of up to 4kHz. This allows micrometer weld seams to be completed and configured independently of each other.
Manz, a founder of Manz AG, said: “Currently, the growth momentum is essentially coming from the Consumer Electronics segment. But e-mobility is now clearly accelerating with significant revenue potential.”
He added: “Accordingly, I am convinced that we will soon see sales in the triple-digit million range in our fastest growing segment, the Battery segment.”