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New General Manager of Circular Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Power Solutions

Dickson Leow joins IM Group overseeing the scalable hybrid battery remanufacturing exchange program, developing emerging power solutions of tomorrow.

IM Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Dickson Leow as its new General Manager of Circular Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Power Solutions.

The creation of the new role charges Dickson with the development of new opportunities within the electric vehicle and circular power solutions division of IM Group, as well as assisting with its expansion of Australia’s first scalable component reuse and resource recovery program of retired battery packs from hybrid-electric vehicles.

Dickson brings over 25 years of experience to the team. He boasts an accomplished and innovative background which includes emerging mobility studies and hydrogen vehicle research, and has previously worked in both engineering and regulatory roles for companies including the Australian Road Research Board and Toyota Australia.

“I’m genuinely excited by the challenges that lie ahead at IM Group,” said Dickson. “The initiatives already launched to market are just the first step of what’s possible.

The research and engineering team here is among the most inventive and forward-thinking in the country, and I think the market will be genuinely impressed by some of the projects we’ll launch in the very near future.”

Injectronics, a subsidiary of IM Group, is Australia’s leading supplier of quality new and remanufactured automotive electronic components, as well as the preferred repairer of electronic and mechatronic parts. It was recognised earlier this year as the first company in Australia to remanufacturer hybrid vehicle batteries at an effective level and has created a circular economy in which battery life is maintained long after manufacturer warranties have elapsed.

“The [hybrid battery remanufacturing exchange] program Injectronics has pioneered under IM Group prevented a lot of e-waste, batteries, and toxic materials from going to landfill,” continued Dickson. “Now that word is spreading to automotive workshops across the country, we can create a supply of remanufactured batteries ready for exchange as required, and the good thing about that is it allows us to begin diverting our skills and energies elsewhere.

“Interest in hybrid vehicles is growing exponentially, and alternative fuels such as hydrogen are already entering the market. By 2024, there will be more than 23,000 hybrid and electric vehicles in need of a new battery, and that is just one component of the car.

“When we look at some of the technologies that will enter the market over the coming decade, we begin to understand that the need to maintain and repair these vehicles is something of a priority, and one I know IM Group is capable of meeting head-on,” Dickson concluded.

IM Group is already looking to export remanufactured hybrid vehicle batteries to New Zealand as it invests further in research and development, new technologies and equipment, and aligning with universities to find cost effective solutions for the reuse and remanufacture of not only a variety of battery types, but other hybrid and electric vehicle components critical to a circular economy.

For further information go to www.im-group.com.au

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