Spiers New Technologies to expand EV battery businessPublished: Friday, October 11, 2019 By: Steve Metzer Source: The Journal Record
An Oklahoma City company that occupies a unique place globally in the electric and hybrid vehicle industry has invested in a new location and is planning to expand, potentially to more than double its current size.
Spiers New Technologies, which has carved out an important niche in repairing, remanufacturing, refurbishing and repurposing advanced battery packs used in hybrid and electric vehicles for manufacturers like GM, Ford, Volkswagen, Audi and Jaguar, currently occupies about 150,000 square feet in four buildings leased at NE 42nd Street and Santa Fe Avenue. Kylah McNabb, the company’s director of business innovation, said Spiers is developing a 160,000-square-foot facility on property it acquired recently at 1500 SE 89th St. and will move there early in 2020. The company also acquired adjacent land and may build an additional 200,000 square feet as its business expands.
“What we hope is to be the center of a great automotive ecosystem in the state of Oklahoma,” McNabb said.
The 5-year-old company, which manages the complex logistics of processing about 2,500 battery packs from various manufacturers monthly, has benefited from its location in the nation’s heartland near the intersection of Interstates 35 and 40. McNabb said Oklahoma City also is attractive because of its agreeable business climate and low cost of living. Spiers currently employs about 80 in the city.
“We host people from around the world, so easy access is important to us,” McNabb said.
The privately held company’s founder, Dirk Spiers, grew up in the Netherlands. He has plans to expand a Spiers facility there, currently with six employees, into a European hub, McNabb said.
The founder’s vision is for SNT to be the leading global service provider for battery packs utilized by hybrid and electric vehicles. Vehicle companies like GM and VW have made massive investments in developing batteries used to power their production vehicles, but McNabb said most have turned to Spiers to handle services that might be required when batteries in vehicles begin to perform at suboptimal levels. The Oklahoma City firm utilizes sophisticated on-site electronics to do qualitative analysis of multiple types of battery packs used by manufacturers in North America, Europe and Asia. It has expertise to repair or refurbish battery packs determined to be suitable for redeployment in vehicles, and also to remanufacture packs and modules that might be more suitable for “second life” deployment in non-vehicle applications. McNabb said Spiers has produced six custom-designed “energy storage systems” this year suitable for such uses as vehicle charging stations.
SNT also can initiate recycling of valuable materials like cobalt and manganese taken from battery packs that have reached