6K Energy and ONE sign agreement to develop critical battery materials

October 12, 2022

6K, North Andover, Massachusetts, USA, has announced that its 6K Energy division has signed a joint agreement with Our Next Energy (ONE), Novi, Michigan, to develop and produce the critical battery material that ONE will use in its Gemini and Aries battery platforms.

The agreement is intended to strengthen the procurement of domestically produced electric vehicle batteries for automotive OEMs manufactured by ONE made with battery materials produced locally by 6K Energy. Both organisations are focused on supplying the industry with domestically sourced batteries and battery material whilst lowering the environmental impact associated with traditional production technologies.

The collaboration will begin in 6K Energy’s Battery Center of Excellence located in North Andover where both teams will work jointly on qualification and performance targets. The agreement outlines a path to scale production where 6K UniMelt technology would process cathode materials in ONE’s manufacturing plant.

“This agreement with 6K Energy represents an important milestone for both organisations,” commented Dr Deeana Ahmed, vice president of Strategy and Government Relations at ONE. “By onshoring our cell manufacturing and battery materials and implementing a localised supply chain, ONE will be able to reduce our products carbon emissions by 34%. Implementing 6K’s UniMelt technology will help ONE further drive down our emissions.”

“Since 2020, supply chain disruptions have underscored the importance of a domestic battery supply chain,” Dr Ahmed continued. “The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act is vital for this partnership; the unprecedented incentives contained in the IRA will accelerate demand for American-made energy storage technology. The law will facilitate new partnerships that will define the next generation of manufacturing jobs.”

Sam Trinch 6K Energy president, added, “ONE is recognised in the industry as chartering exciting new milestones with their Gemini and Aries battery technologies. This agreement allows us to leverage the power of our UniMelt microwave plasma to extend performance of the chemistries, while keeping production on US soil.”



In the latest issue of PM Review…

Download PDF

Extensive Powder Metallurgy industry news coverage, and the following exclusive deep-dive articles and reports:

  • PyroGenesis Additive: Making waves in plasma atomised metal powder production once again
  • Outokumpu: Bringing a new dimension to Additive Manufacturing with stainless steel powders
  • Shaping the future: Winners in the 2023 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards
  • PowderMet2023 Las Vegas: Post-COVID and on the road to electrification, the PM community takes stock
  • State of the PM Industry in North America: Data and insight from the Metal Powder Industries Federation
  • Proposing a combined continuous ‘Sinter-Quench’ process for ferrous Powder Metallurgy parts

The latest news from the world of metal powders, delivered to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of PM Review, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our weekly newsletter.

Sign up

Join our community

Discover our magazine archive…

The free-to-access PM Review magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of Powder Metallurgy from a commercial and technological perspective through:

  • Reports on visits to leading PM part manufacturers, metal powder manufacturers and industry suppliers
  • Articles on technology and application trends
  • Information on materials developments
  • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
  • International industry news

All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.


Browse the archive


Looking for PM production equipment, metal powders, R&D support and more?

Discover suppliers of these and more in our
advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of PM Review magazine.

  • Powders & materials
  • Powder process, classification & analysis
  • PM products
  • Atomisers & powder production technology
  • Compaction presses, tooling & ancillaries
  • Sintering equipment & ancillaries
  • Post-processing
  • Consulting & toll sintering
View online
Share via
Copy link