About us

We power sustainable life

With the combined forces of the Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group, we bring together 30 years’ worth of extensive experience in developing safe and efficient world-class fuel cell systems. By using hydrogen in our fuel cells, we create energy without emitting anything but pure water.

We are creating superior hydrogen fuel cell solutions.

cellcentric is a 50:50 joint venture of Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group AB formed on March, 1st 2021 and takes advantage of the expertise and extensive experience from several decades of development work on fuel cells within its predecessor companies. cellcentric’s ambition is to become a leading global manufacturer of fuel cells, and thus help the world take a major step towards climate-neutral and sustainable transportation by 2050.

Therefore, cellcentric’s primary focus is to develop, produce, and commercialize fuel cell systems for use in heavy-duty trucks, as well as other applications with a comparable set of requirements to be supplied to the shareholders Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group as well as to other customers.

Today, several hundred highly specialized colleagues work on the success of fuel cell systems in inter-disciplinary teams at locations in Kirchheim/Teck-Nabern, Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, and Esslingen as well as Burnaby (Canada). Around 700 patents have been issued, underlining the leading role played by the company in terms of technological development.

Managing directors

Niklas Ekström

Niklas Ekström is CFO of cellcentric GmbH & Co. KG. Prior to his current position he was Vice President and CFO of the Business Area SRP in Sandvik Group, Malmö, Sweden.

From 2005 to 2010 he held various finance related positions at the Volvo Group Headquarter in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2010 he moved to Asia to become the CFO and Vice President for Overseas Sales for Trucks Asia for the Volvo Group in Tokyo. Followed by the position as Head of Strategic Planning and Finance Business Office of Group Truck Operations APAC for Volvo Group in Bangkok. In 2015 he took over the Governance and Business Office at Group Truck Operations at Volvo Group in Gothenburg.

From 2016 to 2019, Ekstrom was Group CFO at Zenuity Group in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Lars Johansson

Lars Johansson is CCO & COO (Management Board Spokesperson) of cellcentric GmbH & Co. KG. Prior to joining cellcentric, Johansson was Vice President of the conventional range at Volvo Group Trucks Technology in the United States and part of the Group Trucks North America Executive Leadership Team.

Johansson joined the Volvo Group in 2002 as an engineering leader at Volvo Powertrain AB. This was followed by positions within Volvo Powertrain in Sweden and in France. He then held various management positions abroad including in India as range director value trucks, and later in the United States as the program director for a new truck platform and in parallel range director for the Mack.

Nicholas Loughlan

Nicholas Loughlan is CTO of the cellcentric GmbH & Co. KG. Prior his current position, Loughlan was Head of Future Technologies and Vehicle Platforms at Daimler Truck AG, where he was also responsible for CO2 and sustainability product strategy.

Loughlan held several other management positions at Daimler Trucks, including Chief of Staff to the Daimler AG board member for Truck Product Engineering and Procurement. Previously he was Head of Product Planning Heavy and Medium Duty Truck Engines. He joined the Daimler AG in procurement for production equipment in 2004.

Our Shareholders

Daimler Truck AG

Daimler Trucks & Buses is one of the world’s largest manufacturer of trucks above 6 metric tons gross vehicle weight. Daimler Trucks & Buses operates a global network in which it produces trucks under the brands Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Western Star, FUSO and BharatBenz and buses under the brands Mercedes-Benz, Setra, Thomas Built Buses and FUSO. Daimler Trucks & Buses has more than 40 production facilities that are located in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. In China, Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive Co., Ltd. (BFDA), a joint venture with our Chinese partner Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd., has been producing trucks under the Auman brand name since 2012.

Daimler Trucks’ product range includes light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks for long-distance, distribution and construction-site haulage, as well as special vehicles that are used mainly in municipal applications. Due to close links in terms of production technology, the product range of Daimler Trucks also includes buses of the Thomas Built Buses and FUSO brands.

Daimler Trucks’ most important sales markets in 2020 were North America with 39 % of unit sales, Asia with 27 % and the EU30 region with 17 %. The Daimler Buses product range comprises city and inter-city buses, touring coaches and bus chassis. Whereas we mainly sell complete buses in Europe, our business in Latin America, Mexico, Africa and Asia focuses on the production and distribution of bus chassis. Daimler Buses’ most important sales markets in 2020 were the EU30 region with 37 % and Latin America with 38 % of unit sales.

Volvo Group

The Volvo Group drives prosperity through transport and infrastructure solutions, offering trucks, buses, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications, financing and services that increase our customers’ uptime and productivity. Founded in 1927, the Volvo Group is committed to shaping the future landscape of sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions.

The brand portfolio consists of Volvo, Volvo Penta, Terex Trucks, Renault Trucks, Prevost, Nova bus, Mack and Arquus. The Volvo Group partners in alliances and joint ventures with SDLG, Eicher and Dongfeng trucks.

The Volvo Group is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, employs almost 100.000 people and serves customers in more than 190 markets. In 2020, net sales amounted to about SEK 338 billion (EUR 33.6 billion). Volvo shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

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