ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks opens new steel factory with robotics technology
The steel and mining firm, ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks, has opened a new steel plant in Detroit – the first new steel facility in years.
The manufacturing factory opened on 26 February, covering 310,000sqft in the I-94 Industrial Park.
The firm, a subsidiary of Arcelor Mittal, plans to hire more than 80 people, eventually scaling up to 120, in it $83mn plant.
The steel company has also introduced advanced robotic technology into its new facility.
“ArcelorMittal's decision to locate at the I-94 Industrial Park is another example of major manufacturers choosing to bring jobs to Detroit, largely because of our business-friendly environment and access to talent,” reported Mayor of Detroit, Mike Duggan.
The firm manufacturers steel and laser-welded blanks to be used in vehicles, which can be used in vehicle crash performance, and drives down fuel consumption and emissions.
“Their welding technology is in the vanguard in attaining increased fuel efficiency, and a valuable addition to the state's manufacturing assets,” commented the CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Jeff Mason.
“The newly created jobs offer opportunities for skilled-trades technicians and provide a symbolic presence of promising growth in Detroit's Industrial Park.”
Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.