CATL’s Ningde Facility Recognized as Global Lighthouse Factory by WEF

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited announced that its Ningde facility has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a global Lighthouse factory, the first battery manufacturing base joining WEF's Global Lighthouse Network.

September 28, 2021. By News Bureau

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) announced that its Ningde facility has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a global Lighthouse factory, the first battery manufacturing base joining WEF's Global Lighthouse Network (GLN).

As CATL is one of the 21 new Lighthouses globally, the WEF made the following remark about CATL's manufacturing competitiveness: "Confronted with increasing manufacturing process complexity and demand for high product quality, CATL leveraged artificial intelligence, advanced analytics and edge/cloud computing to achieve, in three years, a defect rate per billion count at the speed of 1.7s per cell, while improving labor productivity by 75% and reducing energy consumption by 10% per year."
 
The GLN is a community of the world's leading manufacturers advancing next-generation levels of efficiency and sustainability through innovation.
 
The designation of "global Lighthouse factory" is awarded to manufacturing leaders who have been successful in applying Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data analytics to improve efficiency and competitiveness at scale, transform business models and achieve profitable growth, in tandem with environmental stewardship.
 
Head of Shaping the Advanced Manufacturing and Value Chains at the WEF Francisco Betti said: "Increased global concern for environmental impact has made sustainability a must-have to maintain business viability. These new Lighthouses make it clear that by realizing the potential of 4IR technologies in manufacturing, companies can unlock new levels of sustainability in their operations and explore a win-win solution: greater operational competitiveness while simultaneously making commitments to environmental stewardship, leading in a cleaner, more sustainable future as a result."
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