Ballard to invest $130m in MEA China facility as part of ‘local for local’ global strategy

Ballard Power Systems announced today (September 30) its ‘local for local’ strategy to deepen its global manufacturing footprint in Europe, the United States and China and support market demand growth through to 2030.

The company has entered into an investment agreement with the Government of Anting in Shanghai’s Jiading District to establish its new China headquarters, membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing facility and R&D centre at a site strategically located at the Jiading Hydrogen Port, located in one of China’s leading automotive industry clusters.

Ballard plans to invest approximately $130m over the next three years, which will enable annual production capacity of approximately 13m MEAs at the new MEA production facility, supplying approximately 20,000 engines.

It expects to be able to achieve significant capacity expansion of this facility in future phases with much lower capital requirements. The facility will also include space to assemble approximately 600 engines annually to support the production and sale of Ballard engines in the rail, marine, off-road and stationary markets in China, as well as for certain export markets.

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