About us

Who we are

Digatron is an international group of companies with headquarters in Aachen (Germany), with global manufacturing facilities in USA, China, India & Italy. We are considered as the electronic innovators within the battery industry. Our core purpose has always been energizing the battery world with our advanced turn-key power electronic solutions and making the future of tomorrow available today.

Since over half a century, we have grown continuously and have become the recognized partner of the leading battery and automotive industry internationally. In addition to our initial focus on lead batteries, we have continuously expanded our product range. Today, we offer equipment, systems and devices for the production, testing and development of power storage and batteries of any technology such as lithium, lead, NiMH, NaS, etc and of any size, from the single cell, 12V starter battery to the 800kW lithium module of an electric vehicle.

Our systems are used as test systems for development and quality assurance, simulation systems for the testing of e-vehicle batteries, formation systems for the initial charging of cells and batteries, as well as turn-key solutions, such as fully equipped test containers or fully automated formation systems for Li cells. Here we work closely together with our subsidiary Digatron Systems.

As a global market leader, Digatron equipment energizes the biggest names in the battery and automotive industry all over the world. Our customers include battery manufacturers, automotive manufacturers, as well as universities & research facilities that develop cutting edge technologies and solutions for the future electrochemical energy. It is our passion to develop tailor-made and exactly fitting solutions for our customers and to be a leading supplier in this market with trend-setting technology.  

The Digatron brand is recognised globally for uncompromising quality, accuracy, reliability and long operational life duration.

After 45 years, Rolf Beckers handed over the management of the company to Kevin Campbell, who has headed the company as CEO since 2014. Stefan Rungen for finance and Dieter Brockel for operations became additional Directors of the company in 2018.

Branches

Digatron Power Electronics GmbH, Aachen, Germany

Digatron was founded in the year 1968. Since then, the company's headquarters have been located in the historic German city of Aachen, in the border triangle of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

From here, in-house research & development engineering teams create our own branded software and electronic hardware to support our in-house manufacturing team, whilst also supporting the wider global manufacturing facilities of the Digatron Group. The Aachen campus extends over 3 buildings :

Building 1: The Technology and Administration Centre, where sales, project management and our service teams are located.

Building 2: The production floor with large-scale manufacturing including the design department.

Building 3: Here we develop and manufacture our hi-tech series for lithium applications and e-mobility.

Our products are manufactured to the highest standards- DIN EN ISO 9001:2015. We work closely together with the two universities of Aachen - FH and RWTH. In addition to constant expansion of our electronic product portfolio, we support our customers through dedicated teams of experienced sales engineers, project management teams, and world travelled service staff providing excellent on-site support together with a direct client hotline for immediate personal contact. 

Digatron Power Electronics Inc., Shelton (CT), USA

The first international expansion of the Digatron group was established in the USA when Digatron merged with a recognised and experienced USA manufacturer, Firing Circuits of Connecticut in 1988. It has remained a complete solution provider encompassing local manufacturing, sales, service & support in the USA since then. The incorporation of Digatron and Firing Circuits was a great technological fit, with Germany specialising in test equipment and the USA facility primarily designing and building formation rectifiers. This partnership expanded rapidly and is now renamed as “Digatron Power Electronics Inc.”, making it the largest USA supplier of test and formation systems.

Located in lower Connecticut, the USA plant in Shelton, with in-house engineering, manufacturing and service facilities, now provides the entire product portfolio of Test & Formation equipment for all battery chemistry's including the emerging lithium, EV, ESS and lead (Pb) battery markets for North and South America, “Energizing the Americas”.

Digatron (Qingdao) Electronic Co. Ltd. Qingdao, China

In the early 1980s, with China’s reform and the opening up of the country, Digatron’s next expansion internationally was to enter China to continuously meet the growing demand of the Chinese market and provide more convenient and efficient services for Chinese customers. In 1994, the decision was made to set up its own production facility in China and Digatron (Qingdao) Electronic Co. Ltd. was founded. After more than 25 years, the location has continuously developed into a modern company with independent sales and local production. With the capability to now produce electronic test & formation equipment for all kinds of batteries, Digatron Qingdao is committed to applying advanced technology and providing high-quality products and services for the customers in China.

With China having emerged as the leaders in the advancement and uptake of electric vehicles, Digatron Qingdao is perfectly placed to supply and support sales into this dynamic industry and continues to expand each year with its range of specialised Lithium cell, module and pack testers.

Ador Digatron Pvt. Ltd, Pune, India

Established in 2013, Ador Digatron Pvt. Ltd. (ADPL), located in Pune, is a joint venture between Ador Powertron Ltd (India) and Digatron Power Electronics (Germany). Ador Powertron Ltd. is a part of the 110-year old Ador group and a previous long-term partner with Digatron supplying India with formation rectifiers. Ador is a part of the country’s “make in India” program and their core purpose has always been making a difference and changing the face of India.

Ador Digatron is acknowledged as the technology leader within the battery industry in India, South East Asia and Africa. The core purpose of Ador Digatron is “Energizing Asia” and they have established themselves as a technology project house providing industrial technical knowledge as well as design, products & solution support for all the battery industry. The team also facilitates an annual industry lithium knowledge seminar onsite at the Pune campus. With offices throughout India, the Pune main headquarter and manufacturing plant provides complete customer support, sales and service of the Digatron range of electronic test & formation equipment for the emerging lithium market, electric vehicle, energy storage and lead battery industry.

Ador Digatron is also producing industrial battery chargers and numerous customised battery charging solutions including DC fast chargers for the automotive EV infrastructure market.

Digatron Systems Srl, Milan, Italy

Established in 2019, Digatron Systems was formed strategically to address the sharply increasing demand for machinery to manufacture and charge lithium-ion batteries, offering turn- key solutions to the new and traditional lithium-ion battery producers. Digatron Systems has a pool of dedicated engineering and manufacturing experts with broad experience in the field, and in-depth knowledge of the lithium-ion cell industry as well as advanced battery production process.

With its proven technology in mechanical and automation, Digatron Systems can now provide the proper fusion between mechanical and electronic technology to offer tailored integrated solutions for cell production, formation and module assembly to lithium-ion battery manufacturers. Product range includes equipment for anode/cathode cutting, pouch forming, cell stacking, tab welding, cell filling, degassing, formation, ageing and ocv measurement. Digatron Systems products and solutions are created for a wide range of customers, e.g. research institutes and universities, battery manufacturers, automotive e-mobility manufacturers, cell prototyping assemblers, pack and module assemblers, turn-key systems integrators.

Originally the company specialized in electronic test systems for general application.

Digatron is founded

Originally the company specialized in electronic test systems for general application.
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The reputable battery manufacturer outfits their whole test laboratory with Digatron devices

Varta is the first customer

The reputable battery manufacturer outfits their whole test laboratory with Digatron devices
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Due to rapid growth, the company headquarters are expanded. 

Extension Building in Verlautenheide

Due to rapid growth, the company headquarters are expanded. 
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New Building in Aachen

New Building in Aachen

Due to rising demand and international success, new facilities for production, R&D and administration are constructed.
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Firing Circuits, USA

Acquisition of Firing Circuits, USA

The transaction creates the world‘s largest supplier of battery test and formation systems. Rolf Beckers and John Mills, President of Firing Circuits, signing the contract.
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Founding of Digatron China

Founding of Digatron China

Exports to China during the last ten years were very successful. Decision was made to set up a third plant in China to satisfy this fast-growing market.
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Extension of the Aachen facilities

Extension of the Aachen facilities

The next-door production plant was taken over from affiliate GL Stromrichtertechnik to expand production space once again. Start of IGBT technology formation rectifiers.
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New Facility in Qingdao

New Facility in Qingdao

Business in China was growing quickly. Opening ceremony of the new factory building in June 2004.
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Digatron develops the first fully automated formation system for mass produced lithium pouch cells.

Launch Lithium-Formation

Digatron develops the first fully automated formation system for mass produced lithium pouch cells.
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Shelton (USA), new facility

Shelton (USA), new facility

Digatron USA expands production capacity and moves into new building in Shelton.
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Digatron and Ador found “Ador Digatron Private Limited”.

JV Foundation in India

Digatron and Ador found “Ador Digatron Private Limited”.
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Rolf Beckers hands over the office of managing director to Kevin Campbell.

New CEO

Rolf Beckers hands over the office of managing director to Kevin Campbell.
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Digatron Systems Foundation

Foundation of Digatron Systems, Milan, Italy

Rolf Beckers, Founder & Chairman and Massimo Dotzo, MD-Digatron Systems signing the foundation documents.
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