VANCOUVER, British Columbia & SHANGHAI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Loop Energy™ (TSX: LPEN) announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, Loop Energy Technologies (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. ("Loop Energy Shanghai"), appointed Quan Hu as President on April 1, 2022. In addition, Dr. Leon Liu will join Loop Energy Shanghai's Board of Directors.
Quan brings 20 years of experience in the automotive and technology sectors in Asia, North America and Europe. As President of Loop Energy Shanghai, he oversees strategic planning, market expansion, manufacturing operations and partnership management for China. Quan joins from a Chinese developer of zero-emission hydrogen power cells for motive applications, where he served as General Manager for three years. He developed a 1,000 hydrogen-electric forklift pilot program and launched China's first commercial fuel cell forklift fleet during his tenure. Previously, Quan served in senior roles with Chetuan.com, lnfor and Mercedes-Benz. He holds an MBA from Goizueta Business School of Emory University.
"I am very excited to join Loop Energy Shanghai to accelerate the commercialization and market expansion of our products in China," said Quan Hu. "Our patented eFlowTM technology, the successful operation of the Nanjing bus fleet and the upcoming launch of our manufacturing facility in Shanghai set a strong foundation to capitalize on the anticipated demand for fuel cell solutions in China. I believe that now is the perfect time to commercialize our fuel cell technology as China pursues its medium- and long-term national hydrogen plan."
Dr. Liu's addition to the Loop Energy Shanghai board brings a deep understanding of the Chinese automotive industry. He is currently the co-founder and Chairman of InnoStone Capital Co. Ltd, an investment management business focused on the rapidly transforming Chinese automotive industry, and sits on the board of Punch Powertrain inc., an automotive transmission supplier. During his 30-year career, Dr. Liu gained experience at international automotive companies Ford Motor Co., WABCO Holdings and Qoros Automotive. Dr. Liu led WABCO in Asia and Europe for eleven years as the President, Asia Region and Global President, Truck, Bus and Car Division. In addition, serving as the CEO of Qoros Automotive and co-founder of Sinogold Automotive he brings experience in China's maturing electric vehicle industry. Dr.Liu holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He will join Loop Energy President & CEO, Ben Nyland and Chief Financial Officer, Damian Towns on the Loop Energy Shanghai Board of Directors.
The appointments come as Loop Energy Shanghai continues its expansion in China. In 2021, the company made significant progress in developing its manufacturing facility to expand its global production capacity with the aim to open in Q2 2022. The Shanghai area-based facility will aim to increase production volumes and service its growing customer base in China reliably.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Quan and Dr. Liu and strengthen the leadership of Loop Energy Shanghai," said Loop Energy President & CEO, Ben Nyland. "We believe that China is committed to harnessing hydrogen to decarbonize its economy, including commercial mobility. We are confident that Quan and Dr. Liu will build upon the strong foundation laid by Vice-President Operations, Kirk Livingston, who will continue to focus on day-to-day operations."
China has announced an ambitious hydrogen strategy, including developing Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Henan and Hebei into hydrogen cities and city clusters by electrifying transit and investing in clean energy. Both state-owned enterprises and the private sector have invested billions of RMB in hydrogen projects. The wave of investment is expected to target China's goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2060.
About Loop Energy Inc.
Loop Energy is a leading designer and manufacturer of fuel cell systems targeted for the electrification of commercial vehicles, including light commercial vehicles, transit buses and medium and heavy-duty trucks. Loop's products feature the company's proprietary eFlow™ technology in the fuel cell stack's bipolar plates. eFlow™ enables commercial customers to achieve performance maximization and cost minimization. Loop works with OEMs and major vehicle sub-system suppliers to enable the production of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. For more information about how Loop is driving towards a zero-emissions future, visit www.loopenergy.com.
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