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3 Jan 2024

Hungary: CATL's battery plant in Debrecen


In August 2022, China's largest battery manufacturer, Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL), announced a significant investment of 7.34 billion euros to construct a new battery plant in Debrecen, Hungary.

This project is notable not only for its immense scale and prospective economic benefits but also as a central point of contention within Hungary, mirroring the wider apprehensions about Chinese investments across Europe. Advocates of the factory emphasize its potential to generate employment and strengthen the local economy. In contrast, critics voice concerns regarding the environmental repercussions and whether the project truly aligns with Hungary's economic and sociopolitical objectives.

Moreover, this initiative is emblematic of the growing prominence of Chinese companies in the global electric vehicle supply chain, highlighting the critical need for adopting responsible and environmentally sustainable business practices amidst the rapid expansion of the green economy.