March 27, 2023 – With today’s groundbreaking ceremony by the German-Canadian startup Rock Tech Lithium Inc. for its lithium plant in Guben, Brandenburg, Mercedes-Benz is taking the next step towards localisation and greater vertical integration in drive technologies for its electrification goals in Europe. The partnership with Rock Tech will enable the Stuttgart-based car maker to supply its battery partners with high-grade lithium hydroxide to scale up its production of fully electric vehicles.
For Mercedes-Benz, the shift towards electric mobility also means a change in our supply chains. Three goals are central to us: Sustainability, raw materials security and localisation of procurement. Today's groundbreaking in Guben is therefore another milestone for Mercedes-Benz towards the sustainable production of state-of-the-art batteries. When it comes to our lithium supply here in Europe, Rock Tech will play a key role for Mercedes-Benz in the future.