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Robert Bosch GmbH, the world’s largest supplier of automotive components plans to produce lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles from 2016, head of Bosch’s automotive division, Bernd Bohr told German magazine Focus.

Earlier this Month, Bohr told Dow Jones Newswires that the German giant is in talks to restructure an automotive battery joint venture with Samsung, and plans to seek partners to build a European supply-base for lithium-ion batteries.

The announcement comes shortly after Bosch said it plans to set up a location for the manufacturing and development of automotive electronic control units in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

In the first phase of construction work up to the end of 2013, the planned investment is 77 million euros. Construction work is to start in the second quarter of 2012, and manufacturing is scheduled to begin in mid-2013.

Bosch currently has three locations in Romania – a sales company in Bucharest, a communications centre in Timisoara, western Romania, and a factory in Blaj, northern Romania, which produces linear-motion technology. The group has 1,400 employees in the country.

In addition, according to some media reports, Bosch and other leading automotive parts companies have held secret talks with the British Government and leading car makers about opening new UK plants.