American Fork battery company announces new VP of manufacturing
American Battery Factory, an American Fork-based company specializing in lithium batteries, announced on Monday that James Herbermann will serve as the new vice president of manufacturing.
Herbermann previously led the development and scaling of Tesla’s new battery electrode processes at the company’s Gigafactory in Austin. Herbermann oversaw the battery electrode processes from the pilot program through full-scale production and was previously employed by Duracell, Saft America and Aquion Energy.
Throughout his career, Herbermann has focused on the development and manufacturing of lithium-ion, alkaline and hybrid-ion batteries for various industries. He played a role in the commercialization of the Tesla 4680 dry electrode; novel sodium titanium phosphate; F1 racing Li-Ion cells; Aquion Hybrid Ion; Duracell Ultra; Comfort Plus modular carpet tiles; and ZIP Wall sheathing.
“James brings to American Battery Factory incredible perspective and front row experiences in evolving battery cell technology and is the perfect complement to our team as we begin our journey to develop a domestic battery manufacturing ecosystem that will make energy independence and renewable energy a reality for the United States,” CEO and President Paul Charles said in a press release. “As we lay the foundation for our factory network, I am confident James’ cross-functional leadership will not only enhance the efficiency of ABF’s modular approach to manufacturing, but it will also propel our unwavering quest to develop the longest-lasting LFP prismatic battery cells on the market.”
In his new role as VP of manufacturing, Herbermann will lead and support all aspects of ABF’s cell manufacturing and production operations. He will be responsible for supply chain management, equipment selection, integration and quality control, innovation evaluation, and calibrating and commissioning ABF factories.
“I am inspired by ABF’s mission to develop a domestic supply chain for LFP batteries, especially in light of the pandemic’s crippling effect on availability and our country’s glaring void in battery cell manufacturing,” Herbermann said in a press release. “With its strategic approach of constructing a network of modular rapid construction factories near or onsite at pack integrators and energy solution providers, ABF is on track to solve one of the planet’s most pressing energy needs. I look forward to being a part of this impactful work.”
ABF is currently developing the United States’ first network of lithium-iron phosphate cell giga-factories.