Britishvolt, a UK investor in battery technologies, has appointed Ray Macera as project director for the construction and implementation of the UK’s first battery gigaplant.
The gigaplant will produce lithium-ion battery technology for the automotive and renewable energy sectors. Macera joins Britishvolt with vast experience leading large-scale automotive projects, most recently, the Gestamp pressing facility that supplies Jaguar Land Rover’s Nitra plant in Slovakia.
Orral Nadjari, chief executive of Britishvolt, said: “Our mission is for the gigaplant to begin supplying the automotive and energy industries with world-class batteries, powering the electric revolution. So, it’s essential that we hire world-class talent and forge leading partnerships to help us achieve our goal.
“With these highly experienced new partners leading the construction phase, we have the expertise to build and equip a gigaplant that will be transformative for UK car-making, the renewable energy industry and the entire British economy.
“We already have momentum, working and deploying capital expenditure early in the process so that we can accurately assess, the level of UK government support that will be required to enable us to move the project forwards.
“We’re also working with agility and speed. Thanks to previous experience with the UK BIC plant, we have achieved more progress in the past five weeks than similar projects have done in six months.”
Britishvolt project director, Ray Macera, said: “It’s exciting to be involved in such a strategically important project for Britain’s industrial future. Building a gigaplant in Wales is a giant task, but with such a focused mission and such strength in depth with the pedigree of Britishvolt’s appointed partners, we are already off to a strong start.”
The new gigaplant is set to be sited on a former RAF base in Bro Tathan, South Wales and will house Britishvolt’s manufacturing and R&D facilities.