January 13, 2022: Justin Chen has been appointed APAC business and market development leader for battery recycling firm Aqua Metals, the company announced on January 4.
Chen comes from Albermarle Corporation, a provider of lithium for EV batteries. He has also worked at Dow Chemical and Borouge in the APAC region.
Chen will be based in Taiwan, where Aqua Metals signed a letter of intent in July to license its AquaRefining technology to ACME Metal, a lead refining firm.
“Justin’s deep background in critical minerals and business development in APAC, coupled with his recent relocation to Taipei, make him the perfect hire to ensure the success of our first licensees, ACME Metal, as well as supporting Aqua Metals’ business initiatives in APAC,” said David Regan, vice president, commercial at Aqua Metals.
On January 3 Aqua Metals said it had begun shipping Aqualyzer equipment to ACME Metal. The equipment will be installed in a facility that will produce lead briquettes for ACME’s battery manufacturing customers.