Advanced materials and additive manufacturing powders firm 6K, has named three new hires to drive its “commercial and go-to-market strategies” in the battery materials market.
Sam Trinch was made president of 6K Energy, the company’s energy storage division, Chad McDonald has become the firm’s senior vice president of business development and strategy, and Thanh Nguyen was named as senior vice president of deployment for the 6K Energy group.
6K Energy produces a range of battery materials including NMC 811 single crystal, silicon anode, LFP, and LLZO.
6K CEO Doctor Aaron Bent said: “Organisations, along with US government agencies, have placed a very high importance on domestic battery material production to help solve supply chain and national security issues.
“The experience Sam, Chad and Thanh brings allows us to deepen these relationships and enables us to better understand domestic production demand requirements.”
Trinch previously helped developed silicon anode material for the lithium-ion market, as president and chief business officer at Advano.
He has also worked as: chief commercial officer and executive vice president of A123 Systems, a subsidiary of the Wanxiang Group; and developed semiconductors and electronic components for the automotive market at Motorola, Philips, NEC Electronics, and Lear Corporation.
McDonald joins 6K Energy from Mavel Automotive, a manufacturer of electric vehicle drive trains where he was responsible for business development and strategy.
Prior to that he was senior director of marketing, business development and strategy for Tesla.
Nguyen has spent the last six years at Farasis Energy where he led the effort to expand operations globally including manufacturing plants in US and Europe.
Prior to Farasis he held senior positions at Johnson Controls Power Solutions Division.