- Nouveau Monde’s European hub will be spearheaded by Christopher Shepherd, director of Nouveau Monde and newly appointed as vice president, corporate development
- It will also look to liaise with European governments, universities and research centres and local stakeholders to solidify our value proposition to the European lithium-ion battery supply chain
Nouveau Monde Graphite has announced the opening of its first sales office outside of North America in London, UK. It added that as commercial discussions intensify with European automakers for Nouveau Monde’s battery anode material, this London-based office will allow the company to respond to the growing enquiries from local customers and other stakeholders.
Nouveau Monde’s European hub will be spearheaded by Christopher Shepherd, director of Nouveau Monde and newly appointed as vice president, corporate development. The company said that it would like to officially welcome Jean-Luc Cialdini, as Director of Business Development, Europe. Formerly, he was Global Director of Sales for Imerys Graphite & Carbon in Switzerland and also Director of Sales and Marketing, EU and Board Member, Spain and Poland for Morgan Advanced Materials, He has over 25 years of expertise in advanced materials, graphite and polymers for e-mobility, technical textiles, metallurgy, medical devices, composites, filtration, automobile parts, electronic, packaging and aerospace parts.
European lithium-ion battery supply chain
Nouveau Monde’s European Branch mandate will be primarily to advance ongoing commercial engagement with our existing and future European-based customers for our battery anode and other advanced materials. It will also look to liaise with European governments, universities and research centres and local stakeholders to solidify our value proposition to the European lithium-ion battery supply chain. It will also evaluate potential site selection and engineering partners for an additional battery anode material plant, providing the rapidly expanding European market with an integrated, local and sustainable source of supply
Eric Desaulniers, president and CEO of Nouveau Monde said, “The decision to open an office in Europe was driven by intensified discussions that we have been having with a number of Europe-based potential clients. We have witnessed their realities change as they are pressed to secure the raw materials that go into their batteries. With the near-term surge in demand, driven by the EV and renewable energy revolution, these companies are in competition to source dependable, large-scale, sustainable, and ethically produced anode materials. Nouveau Monde has a lot to offer to the European lithium-ion battery material supply chain by becoming one of the most significant and sustainable sources of graphite outside of China and Africa.”
Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, recently forecast global lithium-ion battery megafactory capacity of 2,925 gigawatt hours by 2029, an increase of 480 per cent from 2019. In Europe alone, growth in capacity is estimated at 228%, with Europe representing close to 20 per cent of the world’s megafactory capacity by 2029