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Robin Zeng Yuqun

Politically well-connected: CATL CEO Robin Zeng Yuqun (left) with Li Keqiang, Angela Merkel, and Wolfgang Tiefensee in 2018.

In Thuringia, more precisely in Arnstadt near Erfurt, one or the other will have heard the name Robin Zeng before. In 2011, the entrepreneur founded Contemporary Amperex Technology, or CATL. The company manufactures batteries for EVs. So many, that CATL is the largest producer in the People’s Republic of China. In perspective: world market leader.

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