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ATS Automation receives $60M order for electric vehicle battery assembly


April 8, 2020
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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ATS Automation Tooling Systems has received an order booking from a global automotive manufacturer for a fully automated battery assembly system for their North American manufacturing operations.

The project is valued at approximately $60 million and includes the design, build, and installation of two turnkey battery assembly systems.

These systems are critical components of the customer’s electric vehicle (EV) strategy. The order is expected to be delivered over the next 18 months.

“Our ability to develop a low-risk solution based on our demonstrated EV expertise and technology were critical in the customer’s decision to award ATS this strategic program,” says Andrew Hider, chief executive officer of ATS Automation.

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The Cambridge, Ontario–based company will use its SuperTrakTM linear motion technology to complete the project.

ATS Automation is currently operating below full capacity as it implements measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The company is practicing social distancing across operations, including remote work and flexible schedules.

“While some customers are proceeding with strategic projects, as evidenced by the enterprise program we announced today, others have shut down their operations and some are placing ongoing programs on hold or deferring new projects to focus on preserving liquidity,” says Hider.

“Our first priority is to ensure the safety, health and mental wellness of our employees and ensuring they are informed on all matters related to COVID-19 and are equipped with the necessary resources.

“We are similarly concerned for the well-being of our customers, suppliers, and our communities, and we are committed to taking precautionary measures recommended by global health authorities.”