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Jeff Pratt announced as MD of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre

PUBLISHED: 17:05 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:05 16 May 2018

Jeff Pratt, who has been appointed Managing Director of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre

Jeff Pratt, who has been appointed Managing Director of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre

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A key appointment has been made to lead the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC)

Jeff Pratt has been appointed Managing Director of the £80 million UK Battery Industrialisation Centre which is part of the Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge – a £246 million commitment over the next four years on battery development for the automotive sector.

A national competition, which was led by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and supported by Innovate UK, to establish a new UK facility was won through a joint bid by WMG, at the University of Warwick, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Coventry City Council.

The UKBIC will deliver on the UK’s Industrial Strategy and will develop the processes to transition the UK to become a world leader in design, development and manufacture of batteries through collaborative R&D between industry and academia.

The Centre will see the development of the next generation of battery systems across battery chemistry, electrodes, cell design, module and pack level. An open access facility, it is due to open in 2020.

Jeff is currently General Manager at Nissan’s Lithium Ion Battery Plant in Sunderland and will take up his role as Managing Director of UKBIC in June and will be reporting to Professor Lord Bhattacharyya.

He joined Nissan in 1987 and has held various management positions within the vehicle manufacturing plant at Sunderland. These include Paint Shop Engineering Manager between 2001 and 2006 and Trim and Chassis Engineering Manager between 2006 and 2009.

The 55-year-old moved to the Li battery plant in 2009 and had overall responsibility for construction, commissioning and the operation of Nissan’s UK battery business.

Jeff has extensive experience in Production Engineering and Facility Engineering as well as more than 20 years’ senior management experience.

He has had responsibility for delivering a range of new model and facility projects as well as managing daily operations in part of the biggest car manufacturing facility in the UK.

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 automotive industry is undergoing huge change with electrification. 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.”

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG, said: “Jeff will have a central role to play in leading the UKBIC to help the UK maintain its position as a world-leader in battery technology in the move towards a low carbon economy.

“This is an exciting time for the industry and with academia and industry working together at UKBIC, the aim is to set new levels of innovation and R&D to further enhance the UK’s reputation in automotive excellence.”

Ian Constance, CEO at the APC, said “Battery innovation is a key area of growth and the UKBIC has a vital role to play in helping the UK to set new standards in battery technology.

“Jeff and his team will act as a focal point for collaboration as the UK aims to set ground-breaking levels of performance and quality.”

The UKBIC is an initial element of the Government’s new Industrial Strategy, and addresses the joined-up electrification agenda developed by the Automotive Council and the APC. It is a key element in leveraging the opportunities in electrification potentially worth £5-£50bn and driving significant jobs growth across the UK.

For more information, visit the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre here.

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