Sonnen brings manufacturing back to Adelaide with factory opening



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Manufacturing returned to the heart of northern Adelaide with German battery giant Sonnen opening its new factory in the former Holden factory.

The first batteries began to be assembled at the factory, more than 12 months after the cessation of car production.

Sonnen says he has employed 50 full-time employees in Adelaide, but that number is expected to grow to more than 400 by the end of next year.

Production returned to Adelaide after German battery giant Sonnen opened its factory in Holden's former factory.
Production returned to Adelaide after German battery giant Sonnen opened its factory in Holden's former factory. (9NEWS)
Sonnen already employs 50 full-time employees at the factory, hoping the number will increase to more than 400.
Sonnen already employs 50 full-time employees at the factory, hoping the number will increase to more than 400. (9NEWS)

Premier Steven Marshall says he is offering new opportunities to those who are out of work after Holden's closing.

"This will create hundreds of new jobs – 430 jobs will be created here in South Australia for manufacturing and installation," he said.

"Many of the employees hired by Sonnen already come from the original GM business that was also on this site.

So far, 14 GM employees who lost their jobs when the Holden factory was closed had been employed at Sonnen.
So far, 14 GM employees who lost their jobs when the Holden factory was closed had been employed at Sonnen. (9NEWS)
In the coming weeks, additional machines will arrive at the plant to be incorporated into 50,000 energy storage systems.
In the coming weeks, additional machines will arrive at the plant to be incorporated into 50,000 energy storage systems. (9NEWS)

"In fact, 14 GM employees have returned to work at Sonnen's operations here in Elizabeth."

In the coming weeks, additional machines and parts will arrive at the Elizabeth factory to eventually build 50,000 energy storage systems over five years, including those used in the state's $ 100 million household battery scheme.

"This corresponds more or less to the capacity we have at our factory in Germany and twice as much as we currently produce at our factory in Atlanta, Georgia," said Sonnen CEO Christoph Ostermann.

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