Marelli, one of the world's leading automotive suppliers, received the NRW.Global Business Award 2021 for investing in its new electric vehicle engine production plant in Cologne. With this award, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia rewards foreign direct investments that significantly advance the region's long-term global competitiveness, as well as international investments by domestic companies. Marelli is one of four companies to receive the award this year.
"Foreign trade is an anchor of stability for North Rhine-Westphalia", said Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economy, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of State. “The NRW.Global Business Award is intended to honor the commitment of our national and international businesses to the site, even in difficult times. With the investment in a new production plant, Marelli not only creates sustainable jobs in North Rhine-Westphalia, but also stimulates innovations in the key field of electric vehicle engines. The latest 800 volt technology can shorten charging time, reduce energy loss and thus increase battery life. These factors are crucial to further strengthen e-mobility. "
“We are proud to have received the NRW.Global Business Award,” said Beda Bolzenius, Chairman and CEO of Marelli at the award ceremony in Düsseldorf. “Our new factory in Cologne plays an important role in our growth strategy for vehicle electrification. We have chosen the city as a location in the heart of Europe, as we find there highly qualified employees with experience in the automotive industry and the region is developing into a center of electric mobility. "
Marelli is involved in the Electric Mobility Technology Network in North Rhine-Westphalia. It was only recently that the company and RWTH Aachen University, the state's renowned technical university, entered into a partnership for vehicle electrification technologies and related production technologies.
With combined know-how in both electric transmissions and thermal energy management systems, Marelli offers a unique technological portfolio that enables the development of highly efficient platforms for electric vehicles. These include active and passive systems for high performance 800 volt and fast charging technology, battery management systems, cold plates, electric compressors and other solutions that help automakers improve performance. overall efficiency of their electric and hybrid vehicles