Advanced automotive battery pack remanufacturer Spiers New Technologies (SNT) is opening a remanufacturing hub in Europe. SNT will use the new location, located in Ede, The Netherlands, to provide battery pack remanufacturing services to automotive OEMs in the rapidly growing European electric vehicle market.
SNT, headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA), is the market leader in repairing, refurbishing, and remanufacturing the expensive and highly complex battery packs that power
(semi-) electric vehicles. The company basically invented the business and technology of diagnostics, grading, repairing and remanufacturing advanced battery packs that have been removed from electric vehicles because of warranty or other issues and then returning them to a vehicle or to a different second life use. SNT is an accredited Tier 1 contractor to various automotive OEMs. Its mission is to extend the economic life of a battery pack and minimize recycling costs. In addition SNT provides full and traceable Life Cycle Management services, including logistics and storage.
Improving battery technology, climate change concerns, ride sharing and autonomous vehicles will all drive the electrification of motor vehicles in the future. Within 10 years electric vehicles will be a major force in the transportation sector. The growth rate of electric vehicle sales in Europe is expected to accelerate in coming years in response to generous local incentives and changes in consumer preferences. Therefore SNT decided to expand their geographical reach into Europe. Since its inception in 2014, SNT has grown to 80+ employees at four different facilities in Oklahoma City. The new SNT facility in The Netherlands should be fully operational by the second half of 2018 and will be headed by Gert-Jan van der Have, Managing Director. His professional background is in return supply chain management, dangerous goods and in the recycling industry, with specialty in battery recycling.
Ede is close to the “Arnhem Energy Hotspot”, which means SNT can connect easily with the clean energy ecosystem (IPKW, Battery Valley) and Clean Mobility Center in the region. It also places SNT close to the Hogeschool Arnhem/Nijmegen (HAN Automotive) and several vocational institutes giving SNT access to well-educated staff, which is crucial to their growth. This knowledge exchange goes two-ways, and SNT is committed to sharing with these knowledge institutes, their high-level knowledge of batteries used in electrical vehicles. When batteries have reached end-of-lifecycle and cannot be used in electric vehicles, SNT finds other uses, such as repurposing them in electrical charger systems or in recycling their non-usable battery modules. These are examples of how SNT contributes to the circular economy.
The Invest in Holland network supported SNT with their choice to establish an office in the Netherlands. This was done in co-operation between the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), Holland International Distribution Council (NDL) and Oost NL. For future growth of the business, SNT and Oost NL expect to cooperate co-operate further in innovation and educational programs, and so firmly establish SNT in the Netherlands and the province of Gelderland.
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