Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Symbio Sign MoU on Joint Development of Fuel Cell Systems

By February 29, 2024 3   min read  (552 words)

February 29, 2024 |

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Tokyo (Japan) / Saint-Fons (France)– Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Kawasaki) and Symbio have entered into a memorandum of understanding on the joint development of fuel cell systems for mobility, including construction machinery.

Through this MoU, Kawasaki and Symbio aim to integrate and leverage Kawasaki’s network in construction machinery and its experience in developing and manufacturing high-pressure hydrogen gas valves, as well as as well as Symbio’s expertise in the field of automotive fuel cell technology. The two companies will explore the application of fuel cell systems to mobility, including solutions for construction machinery planned by potential customers. The strong experience and technology of both companies helps accelerate the development of more efficient low-carbon fuel cell systems.

Kawasaki’s hydraulic solutions for construction equipment have been adopted by many construction equipment manufacturers since the development and delivery of hydraulic equipment for Japan’s first hydraulic excavator in the 1960s. Kawasaki has also developed high-pressure hydrogen gas valves for fuel cell vehicles, mass producing them for industrial vehicles and major automobile manufacturers outside Japan.

Symbio is a leading company in the field of hydrogen fuel cell systems for light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, serving major automotive OEMs and other mobility applications. The group benefits from more than 30 years of experience in the development of fuel cell systems and a solid track record of more than 8 million kilometers traveled by its solutions.

Through this MoU, Kawasaki and Symbio will accelerate their hydrogen business initiatives and contribute to achieving global carbon neutrality and decarbonization goals, providing the world with a sustainable future.

About Symbio  

Symbio is a major technological and industrial partner of the pioneers of sustainable mobility. A leader in zero-emission hydrogen mobility, the group combines industrial leadership, disruptive innovation and entrepreneurial agility to create tailor-made solutions and support its customers in the deployment of their clean mobility roadmaps. Symbio designs and produces a wide range of StackPacks (pre-validated and pre-integrated fuel cell systems) that meet all power, durability and range requirements for on- and off-road hydrogen mobility.

In 2023, Symbio inaugurated SymphonHy, the largest Gigafactory dedicated to the production of fuel cells in Europe, with a capacity of 50,000 systems per year. The group aims to produce 200,000 StackPacks per year by 2030 to accelerate the deployment of clean mobility, respectful of the environment and health.

Owned equally by Forvia, Michelin and Stellantis, Symbio has more than 30 years of experience and its solutions have already traveled more than 8 million kilometers. To find out more: .


About Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. is a general engineering manufacturer with over 125 years of experience manufacturing products covering land, sea and air.

Kawasaki established the new Kawasaki Group vision statement, “Group Vision 2030: Reliable Solutions for the Future”, and focuses on three areas, “A Safe and Secure, Remotely Connected Society”, “Future Mobility close” and “Energy and environmental solutions”, in order to provide solutions to social problems. Regarding “Energy and Environmental Solutions” in particular, securing the technology needed for the entire supply chain (for production, transportation, storage and use) before the rest of the world, Kawasaki aims to create a society that uses hydrogen, the ultimate clean energy that does not emit carbon dioxide when used.
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