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22 Feb 2021 | 11:16

Britishvolt joins Make UK to improve sustainability in the country's energy sector

(Sharecast News) - Britishvolt, the company behind the project to build the UK's first lithium-ion battery gigaplant, has joined Make UK, the manufacturers' organisation. Its management recently announced the site of the firm's £2.6bn facility in Northumberland which will have supply chain partners co-located with green low carbon energy production on its doorstep.

The facility aims to produce enough cells to power around 300,000 lithium-ion battery packs each year once fully operational in 2027.

Some also believe that it will be key to maintaining the success of the UK automotive sector, employing 3,000 highly skilled employees directly and supporting another 5,000 jobs.

Make UK currently represents 20,000 companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, across engineering, manufacturing, technology and the wider industrial sector.

Commenting, Stephen Phipson, Make UK Chief Executive, said: "The commitment of Britishvolt to the UK is a testament to the fact the country remains at the forefront of investment in high technology and innovation. Such an endorsement of the UK manufacturing's capability is critical to the future of the sector, in particular securing the jewel in the crown of our domestic automotive sector. I look forward to working with Britishvolt to promote our shared objectives."

Peter Rolton, Britishvolt Chairman, added: "We are looking forward to being an active member of Make UK, working alongside the manufacturing industry to help futureproof the UK economy. The country needs a gigaplant as a matter of strategic importance to help protect the UK workforce and create a new industry that will serve future generations. Electrification of mobility will play a key part in shaping the evolution of employment in the UK."
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