Bitrode Corporation Appoints New CEO

Pierre-Jean Arvers takes over as CEO of American energy storage and battery testing solutions powerhouse, Bitrode Corporation.  


St. Louis, MO, March 13, 2024—Schuler North America hired Pierre-Jean Arvers as the new CEO of Bitrode Corporation (Bitrode), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Schuler Group.

Schuler, a member of the ANDRITZ Group, acquired both Sovema Group and Bitrode in 2022. Arvers has over 20 years of international experience—from chemistry and chemical engineering to C-level positions in the battery industry—fueling revenue growth and expanding market shares. The plan is to propel Bitrode to new operational heights through Arvers’ astute customer-centric approach to executive leadership in the electric vehicle, energy storage, and battery testing industries.

“Our goal remains to integrate Bitrode within the Schuler and Sovema teams and expand our capabilities,” explains Kevin McAllister, President of Schuler North America. “We warmly welcome Pierre-Jean to our team. Together, we will continue to strengthen our market-leading position as an equipment supplier of solutions for efficient battery testing and manufacturing.”

Schuler already offers production lines for battery cell housings, electrical sheets for e-motors and bipolar plates for fuel cells, and several other solutions for e-mobility. The strategic acquisition of Sovema and Bitrode amplifies the European- and North American-based companies’ capabilities to supply equipment for the mass production and testing of lithium-ion batteries for existing or planned gigafactories.

“There is significant potential for growth in the battery testing and formation market. I am confident that Bitrode’s latest advancements, such as the new Bitrode Digital Cycler™ (BTDC), will accelerate our best-in-class positioning for battery testing,” states Arvers. “The Bitrode team is proud to contribute to ANDRTIZ and Schuler’s global, innovative network.”

Schuler, Sovema, and Bitrode will exhibit at the Battery Show North America in Detroit, Michigan from October 7-10, 2024. The companies will present their Battery Division, manufacturing equipment, and service capabilities at Booth 3600.


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