This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
News & Press: June 2018

Key appointment strengthens new national battery manufacturing facility

25 June 2018  
Share |

Jeff Pratt has been appointed Managing Director of the £80m UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC), a national facility to support the UK’s industrialisation strategy for battery R&D.

The UKBIC programme, led by WMG in partnership with Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (C&WLEP) and Coventry City Council, was funded by the APC as part of the Government’s £346m Faraday Battery Challenge.

The UKBIC will enable the development of next-generation battery systems across the full spectrum of R&D activities, from cell chemistry, electrodes and cell design, through to module and pack development. The facility is due to open in 2020.

Mr Pratt is currently General Manager at Nissan’s Lithium Ion Battery Plant in Sunderland and will take up his role as Managing Director of UKBIC later this month. He will be reporting to WMG Chairman, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya.

Jeff, who has a BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering and MEng, said: “I feel privileged and excited to be appointed to lead the introduction of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre. The UKBIC, in conjunction with the Faraday Battery Challenge, will play a pivotal role in supporting the UK’s Electric Vehicle battery industry and enhancing development growth in the UK.”