Carbon Revolution appoints new strategic procurement and supply chain lead

9 February, 2024

Carbon Revolution is proud to announce the appointment of Chris Recktenwald as Vice President, Procurement and Supply Chain, to lead strategic procurement and supply chain initiatives for Carbon Revolution globally.

Before joining Carbon Revolution, Recktenwald held multiple senior positions over his 10 years at Ford Motor Company, including, most recently, Global Director, Exterior and Structural Systems Purchasing. Chris led the raw materials purchasing for Ford from 2019 until 2023.

Recktenwald also brings experience as the head of Purchasing and Supplier Quality for Ford of Mexico, where he was instrumental in establishing supply chain networks and purchasing organizations.

Recktenwald began his career at Ford as the director of purchasing strategy, where he helped develop and deploy initiatives for the entire company, becoming known among automotive suppliers for his thoughtful and collaborative approach to driving results.

Mustang Dark Horse with Carbon Fiber Wheels
The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse, optionally equipped with Carbon Revolution’s carbon fibre wheels.

Recktenwald developed deep supply chain expertise during his eight years as a management consultant advising global clients in automotive, aerospace, and industrial businesses, first for PRTM and later for PwC, which acquired PRTM.

“Chris will play a critical leading role as we look to further expand our growing footprint among global auto OEMs,” said Jake Dingle, CEO of Carbon Revolution. “He brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and a proven track record in the automotive industry, leading teams and implementing innovative solutions. His extensive understanding of the global marketplace and commitment to enhancing overall procurement and supply chain efficiency are valuable assets for the pursuit of our growth goals.”

As previously announced, Carbon Revolution delivered record revenue in the fiscal first quarter (Q3 CY2023) and expects to deliver a new record quarterly revenue for the fiscal second quarter ending December 31, 2023.

Mustang Dark Horse rear view with Carbon Fiber Wheels
The Dark Horse’s 5-spoke 19-inch Carbon Revolution carbon fibre wheel. 37% lighter than the aluminium option.

The Company has been awarded five programs since August 2022 taking the total number of programs awarded to 181 with six global OEMs, including Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Renault, Ferrari N.V., Jaguar Land Rover and a major German automaker program announced on December 4 as demand grows among global automakers for its disruptive weight-reduction and efficiency technology.

Carbon Revolution wheels weigh up to 50% less than comparable aluminum wheels, and can provide an up to 5% to 10% increase to EV vehicle range. Carbon Revolution’s wheels significantly reduce unsprung mass, which greatly improves efficiency while also helping leading global automakers to comply with the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) targets set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

As the global automotive industry shifts to electric power and other sustainable alternatives to fossil-fuel-based engines, Carbon Revolution is well positioned to capture OEM demand for weight-saving efficiency technologies.