This year has generally been a difficult one for business in the UK. However we are grateful that work at CeraCon UK has been steady and, since lockdown has eased, we have been continuing to grow and take on new customers in a variety of sectors.
One of the most exciting things that has happened behind the scenes for during lockdown was the acceptance of funding for our new Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Lab Cell. CeraCon UK has been working towards building a R&D Technical Centre for our customers over the past year or so and we have been lucky enough to receive grant funding from both the Coventry & Warwickshire Green Business Programme and Coventry City Council which has made this plan a reality. Working with companies who are manufacturing products that enable greener energy usage is not new to CeraCon UK. In recent years we have worked on the introduction of LED Street lighting as well as currently helping with the sealing of charging points for electric vehicles which will be installed in lamp posts across the country. Vehicle electrification itself is relatively new to CeraCon UK and we are very excited to work further with automotive companies who are manufacturing BEVs.
The lab cell will be situated in our new unit (Unit 1) which we took on at the beginning of the year and is across the road from the current production site. Its main purpose will be to provide support and testing for automotive customers. This includes designers and those who work in R&D who have been tasked with helping Britain achieve the government set goal of only producing fully electric vehicles by 2035. One of the most significant and demanding challenges for the production of BEVs is the sealing of the large battery packs. Water ingress can obviously result in a significant fire hazard. A current option includes bonding the packs together with an adhesive which, although ensures a very effective seal, makes the separation of the pack for necessary servicing very difficult.
That’s where CeraCon’s CeraPUR comes into play. Our robotically applied foam can provide high performance water-tight IP rated seals which overcome many of the problems presented by these companies. Battery packs can be opened and closed without needing to remove the seal or causing the effectiveness of the seal to be compromised. The size of our current production set up however makes sealing an entire car floor impossible. With our new technical centre, this won’t be a problem. It has been designed to accommodate the size of these battery packs for both R&D purposes but will also include the safety features needed to use it as a production cell as well.
The current work taking place at the Gigafactory just outside Coventry makes CeraCon UK (located in Leamington Spa) perfectly placed to support these automotive companies as we move forward into a greener way of life. We hope to have the cell up and running by September 2020 and will be showcasing it to the automotive industry at this years’ Vehicle Electrification Expo on 2nd & 3rd December in Stoneleigh. If you’re working in the automotive industry and would like any further information about the new cell and how it might benefit your company, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Or come along and meet our MD Robert Jones and New Projects Co-ordinator Leo Mather at the exhibition in December.
A huge thanks once again to Coventry & Warwickshire Green Business Programme and Coventry City Council for the funding and support they have provided for the new Technical Centre. We are very excited to be moving into this new business venture!