It is with immense pleasure that we introduce our latest addition to the Altilium Leadership Team, John Walker, who will be leading the charge as our Program Director-Battery Recycling and Refineries in our mission to scale-up lithium scrap recycling in the UK and Europe.

John comes to us with a wealth of experience and expertise in sustainable raw materials. He started his career at mining giant Imerys, in Cornwall in 1990 and went on to become general manager of the company’s tableware division, based in Belgium, before moving to the US and taking charge of Imerys North American Ceramics. In 2011, he joined The Quartz Corp (TQC) and led the implementation of a significant expansion of the company’s production capacity and was subsequently appointed chief executive. More recently he was CEO of TeesValley Lithium, Europe’s first independent lithium chemical processing hub and was Chairman of Exawatt, a provider of strategic consulting and research in energy storage.

John will play a pivotal role in establishing and operationalising our EV battery recycling plants. With the wider team he will turn our vision to supply high volume, domestic and sustainable battery raw materials into reality. Altilium’s European brownfield SX-EW plant will be upgraded to process battery waste from over 24,000 EVs. Our planned UK Teesside recycling refinery will produce over 30,000 MT of Cathode Active Material (CAM), making it one of the largest projects in the region.

At Altilum we understand the critical role that recycling plays in creating a sustainable future. The EV revolution is upon us, and as electric vehicles become more prevalent, at-scale battery recycling is paramount. With John at the helm, we are confident that we will continue to make significant strides in decarbonising automotive supply chains, reducing mining and preserving our natural resources.

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