LONDON Saft is to invest in a new battery manufacturing site in the U.K. to replace its aging facilities in South Shields, South Tyneside, which were acquired in 2001. The company supplies batteries for industrial and defence markets including the Ministry of Defence and major OEMs.
Saft has 16 other production facilities around the world and thinks that its existing U.K. site will no longer meets future needs and considers this the right time to upgrade to a new manufacturing site rather than investing in upgrading its present base.
Saft is working on a plan to redevelop the existing South Shields site and also with the developer and with local and regional bodies, to identify a suitable location for the development of its new facility in the North East of England.
Saft is a leading manufacturer of nickel-cadmium batteries for industrial applications and of primary lithium batteries for a range of end markets. The group is also the European leader for specialized advanced technologies for the defense and space industries.