January 21, 2021: The UK Battery Industrialization Centre, a modern purpose-built 18,500 m2 battery production development facility, appointed Ian Whiting as its commercial director in December.
The UKBIC is part of the Faraday Battery Challenge, a government programme that aims to put the UK on the map when it comes to developing cost-effective, high-performance and recyclable batteries. It is due to open this year.
With Britishvolt in the throes of planning a battery gigafactory in Wales, UKBIC managing director Jeff Pratt has said the battery industry in the country needs to attract skills, ability and knowledge of the industry to help drive it forward.
Whiting has previously worked for AMTE Power, a start-up that has signed a memorandum of understanding with Britishvolt to build the gigafactory. Most recently he worked as a freelance battery technology consultant.
“I’m delighted to be joining UKBIC and helping to accelerate the introduction and adoption of electrified technology, an ambition which, once complete, will support the UK as a whole,” Whiting said.
Britishvolt and the UKBIC have other links: in June, Britishvolt hired Isabel Sheldon as chief strategy officer as the first member of its technical team and head of an advisory board. Sheldon was UKBIC’s business development director before joining Britishvolt, and she has just been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours list for her services to electric vehicle battery technology.