Panasonic Power Co., Ltd, introduced the senior management spearheading the corporate’s new lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in De Soto, Kansas.
The Japanese electrical automobile battery maker broke floor on its 30 GWh cell manufacturing unit in November 2022. The Kansas-based battery manufacturing facility will probably be devoted to 2170 cylindrical cell manufacturing.
The listing beneath reveals the leaders Panasonic Power selected for the brand new battery manufacturing plant and their assigned positions.
- Allan Swan, PENA President, Chief of Mission Kansas
- Koya Takahashi, SVP, Chief of Mission Kansas
- Masafumi Sonoda, SVP of Operations
- Thomas Fickett, Chief Monetary Officer
- Eduardo Campos, VP of High quality
- Harmless Chikunya, VP of Operations
- Justin Herman, VP & Chief Info Officer
- Hidetoshi Kaneko, VP of Provide Chain
- Walt Miller, VP of Operational Excellence
- Kristen Walters, VP of Human Assets
- Carl Walton, VP of Strategic Initiatives & Amenities
- Robert Winans, VP of Provide Chain
“We’re delighted to announce the brand new management staff for our De Soto manufacturing unit,” mentioned Allan Swan, President of Panasonic Power of North America and Chief of Mission Kansas.
“Their experience will probably be instrumental in driving growth and manufacturing, particularly as we ramp up manufacturing of ‘2170’ cylindrical Li-ion batteries by 2025. With their assist, we’re assured in our potential to satisfy the calls for of the business and drive ahead innovation whereas pursuing a extra affluent and sustainable future for our society,” Swan added.
In February 2023, Panasonic acknowledged it could lean on 2170 and 4680 battery manufacturing for profitability. The corporate’s choice got here after it missed earnings expectations. Panasonic minimize its 2023 outlook by 12.5% after lacking its earnings estimates.
EV battery manufacturing has develop into extra profitable now that automakers have embraced the transition to electrical autos. North America is closely investing in constructing provide chains for EV manufacturing, benefiting firms like Panasonic that make battery cells for electrical vehicles.
“Deal with North America market the place we will leverage benefits (excessive capability) with established sturdy enterprise basis; Obtain revenue progress by increasing gross sales of 2170 cells and commercializing 4680 cells,” famous the Japanese battery provider throughout its final earnings name.
Panasonic has been affiliated with one of many greatest manufacturers within the EV marketplace for years now: Tesla. It appears to be open to partnering with different automakers as properly. Final month, the Japanese provider mentioned the opportunity of a a medium- to long-term partnership with Subaru.