First UK gigafactory joins trade body and prepares to power up

Britishvolt, the company behind the project to build the UK’s first lithium-ion battery gigaplant, has joined trade body Make UK.

The company recently announced the site of the £2.6 billion facility in Northumberland which will be one of the largest manufacturing plants in Europe.

To demonstrate its commitment to British manufacturing and steel production, Britishvolt has signed the UK Steel Charter, pledging to source UK-manufactured steel for its gigafactory.

With supply chain partners co-located, and green low carbon energy production on its doorstep, the facility aims to produce enough cells for round 300,000 lithium-ion battery packs each year when fully operational in 2027.

The facility will be key to maintaining the success of the UK automotive industry and will employ 3,000 highly skilled employees directly and support another 5,000 jobs in the supply chain.

Make UK represents 20,000 companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, across engineering, manufacturing, technology and the wider industrial sector. As well as being one of the UK’s major business bodies, it also provides a range of business services to keep companies competitive, including one of the UK’s most advanced Technology Training Centres based in Birmingham where the organisation trains the next generation of apprentices.

Commenting, Stephen Phipson, Make UK Chief Executive, commented:

“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 said:

“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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