Leclanche headquarters

Our History

Leclanché SA is a world leading provider of high quality energy storage solutions, based on lithium-ion cell technologies, accelerating our progress towards a cleaner energy future. Leclanché is the only listed pure play energy storage company in the world and is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange.


Corporate Story

2018 Joint venture with Exide Industries, India’s largest manufacturer of batteries. Acquisition of a full suite of advanced Energy Management Software from the US.
2018 Leclanché is voted “Energy Solutions Provider of the Year 2018” by Global Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018.
2017 Leclanché becomes a fully vertically integrated energy storage solutions company.
2015 Ramp up of Graphite/NMC production.
2014 Start of Lithium graphite/NMC production.
2014 Full production of Lithium Titanate cells. First projects implemented.
2013 Ramp-up of the fully automated production line for lithium ion cells.
2012 Leclanché installs a production plant with a capacity of up to 1 million cells. The delivery of energy storage modules for solar and wind pilot plants and to energy suppliers begins.
2011 Leclanché begins constructing its new production plant in Willstätt, Germany. The company introduces water-based production of electrodes and builds the first energy storage modules for renewable energies.
2009 Leclanché installs in Willstätt (Germany) a fully automated pilot line for the production of large-format cells.
2009 Leclanché celebrates its 100th anniversary. Increase of production capacities in Willstätt, Germany.
2008 Leclanché leaves its original historic location and moves to a modern production site in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.
2006 Acquisition of Bullith AG, later renamed Leclanché Lithium GmbH. The company is involved in the production of lithium-ion-batteries and is a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology. Development of the Leclanché separator and establishment of the Willstätt site in Germany.
2002 Reorientation of Leclanché SA to focus on the company’s integration expertise and future technologies.
1997 Business diversification by the foundation of CN Serpentine, a company developing urban hybrid transport systems based on magnetic gliders.
1987 Start of production of watertight lead acid batteries under licence from Chloride, England.
1971 Construction of a new production plant for industrial batteries.
1964 Leclanché starts a series of mercury button cells.
1952 Start of production of flat elements to completion battery product lines.
1950 Start of production of “Leclanché Dynamic“ lead acid batteries.
1949 Start of production of oil-impregnated capacitors.
1942 Leclanché launches a comprehensive recycling programme for used cells and batteries.
1935 Partnership with SAFT, France, to produce iron-nickel and cadmium-nickel batteries.
1933 Partnership with Fulmen S.A., France, to produce lead acid batteries.
1922 Acquisition of the Sonceboz battery factory.
1919 Start of production of paper capacitors according to requirements of the Swiss Federal Telephone Administration.
1918 Installation of a testing and development lab.
1913 Start of production of batteries for torchlights.
1912 Acquisition of “Fabrique de piles de Fleurier“.
1909 Leclanché S.A. founded in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, for the production of dry cells.