10 January 2024
Corporate News

Tata Steel Nederland and H&T Recharge sign JDA to accelerate development of cylindrical cans for Li-ion batteries for EV applications

Tata Steel Plating - Li-ion batteries - R&D - EV

Tata Steel Nederland and H&T Recharge have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA). The aim of this agreement is to jointly develop material and canmaking solutions needed to manufacture optimised cans for cylindrical Li-ion batteries for EV applications. 

The developments of cylindrical Li-ion batteries are moving at a rapid pace, with the battery cell compositions and battery sizes constantly evolving. Therefore, Tata Steel Plating, the business unit within Tata Steel Nederland specialised in manufacturing metal coated steels for battery applications, and H&T Rechargeable Solutions, the German entity of the H&T Recharge Division within the Heitkamp & Thumann Group, have agreed to join forces. Tata Steel will focus on material solutions and H&T Recharge will contribute with its cylindrical battery canmaking expertise. 

With over 40 years’ of experience, H&T is one of the largest battery component manufacturers globally and is a recognised world leader in precision cylindrical battery components for the lithium-ion battery can market. The EV battery can maker H&T Recharge is part of the Heitkamp & Thumann Group, a leading global company focused on the development and supply of precision-formed components and devices in metal and plastic.

“We plan on developing optimised, sustainable materials for these applications, enabling most efficient manufacturing of the casings and cells while enhancing battery performance. This fits well with our strategy of providing value-adding steel solutions that contribute to a sustainable future”, said Ilja Portegies Zwart, Head of Technical, Packaging and Plating. “A multi-site, multi-functional agile team has been established developing new products and processes that fit these customer needs”. 

“Utilising the Tata Steel Plating materials in our downstream processes starting at cupping until final can inspection will enable us to early on be on the forefront of product development and keep the development cycles short. As this is getting a more and more critical requirement, we are happy to collaborate on this level with Tata Steel Nederland, enabling successful cylindrical cell developments for our customers in Europe”, adds Dr. Daniel Weingarth, Global Technology Director at H&T Recharge.

”Tata Steel Plating has the ambition to becoming the global leading materials producer for battery casings for rechargeable battery cells, including cylindrical Li-ion cells for electric vehicles, as we have been for the last 40 years for primary batteries”, adds Remco Blaauw, Managing Director Plating at Tata Steel Nederland.

“H&T Recharge is honoured to engage with Tata Steel to contribute to the development of advanced and sustainable battery can solutions for the fast-growing electric vehicle market in Europe. Tata Steel marks a valuable partner for H&T as both have over 40 years of experience in the mass production of material and components for cylindrical batteries. With our research and development capabilities within our Center of Excellence in Germany, the JDA with Tata Steel will largely contribute to our common goal of developing optimised, sustainable materials while enabling most efficient manufacturing of the battery cans and cells while enhancing overall battery performance”, adds Tobias Ott, President of H&T Recharge. 

Tata Steel Plating is looking into extension of its manufacturing capabilities to deliver the new generation of coated steels for batteries, in the period up to 2030.
H&T Recharge is the largest cylindrical can producer in the Western Hemisphere and plans to add production capacity in Europe for next-generation batteries in the years to come.

For more information, please contact 

  • Jorda Zuurendonk-Boesveld, Marketing Communications Manager, jorda.zuurendonk-boesveld@tatasteeleurope.com, +31 (0)6 5158 98 26, Tata Steel Nederland and/or
  • Kristin Reichelt, Marketing/Communications, kristin.reichelt@ht-group.com, +49 (0)151 5764 8185, H&T Recharge


Tata Steel Plating - Li-ion batteries - R&D - EV