Britishvolt joins Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation

By Georgia Wilson
Britishvolt - the UK’s largest Gigafactory - joins Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation...

With a mission to build the UK’s first lithium-ion battery Gigafactory, Britishvolt has joined Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation. 

Britishvolt’s £2.6bn facility in Northumberland

WIth ambitions to be one of the largest manufacturing plants in Europe, Britishvolt recently announced its plans to build a £2.6bn facility in Northumberland. With supply chain partners and green low carbon energy production, the facility aims to produce enough cells for 300,000 lithium-ion battery packs a year by the time it is fully operational in 2027.

Expected to be the key to maintaining the success of the UK’s automotive sector, the facility will employ 3,000 skilled employees directly as well as supporting 5,000 in the supply chain. 

Make UK

Representing 20,000 companies of multiple sizes in engineering, manufacturing, technology and the wider industrial sector, Make UK is one of the UK’s major business bodies providing a range of services to drive competitiveness for organisations.

With its policy work, it is said that Make UK shares the same ambitions as Britishvolt to provide sustainable transport solutions, advanced manufacturing and renewable energy. 

“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,” commented, Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive, Make UK.

“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,” added Peter Rolton, Chairman, Britishvolt.

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