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August 13, 2020

Britishvolt appoints Ray Macera as UK gigaplant project director

Britishvolt has appointed Ray Macera as project director for the construction and implementation of the UK's first battery gigaplant.

By Rhodri Morgan

Britishvolt 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.

He joins Britishvolt as a veteran of leading large-scale automotive projects, most recently, the Gestamp pressing facility, which supplies Jaguar Land Rover’s Nitra plant in Slovakia.

NG Bailey, the UK’s largest independent engineering construction business, will lead the gigaplant’s build, while Ridge and Partners will be providing project management of the architecture.

Both businesses have recently helped deliver the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UK BIC) in Coventry, which has been funded by the government-backed Faraday Battery Challenge.

Additionally, Rolton Group has been selected to undertake all engineering design, with property company, Savills working on infrastructure and planning services.  

 “Our mission is for the gigaplant to begin supplying the automotive and energy industries with world-class batteries, powering the electric revolution,” said Britishvolt CEO, Orral Nadjari.

“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 we can accurately assess the level of UK government support that will be required to enable us to move the project forwards.

“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.”

The new gigaplant is being designed by Pininfarina.

It will be sited on a former Royal Air Force base in Bro Tathan, South Wales and will house Britishvolt’s manufacturing, as well as R&D facilities.

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