ASSEAL recognised at British Engineering Excellence Awards as it wins two awards
The UK-based mechanical seals design and manufacturing company, ASSEAL, has gained recognition at the prestigious British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEA) at London’s County Hall.
The firm won two awards at the event and was named Engineering Ambassador of the Year as well as being presented with the Grand Prix award for being ‘the best of the best.’
ASSEAL was recognised because of its work in increasing the interest in engineering and promoting the uptake in STEM subjects.
It was noted that the company’s commitment to advertising engineering to the wider community since 2002, in addition to ASSEAL providing contact to 2250 students in 2017.
“Once again, the BEEAs attracted a host of impressive entries from brilliant British innovators,” said Luke Webster, Publishing Director of awards organiser MA Business.
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“Through every category, the judges were deeply impressed by the quality of engineering put forward and the talent behind it. I congratulate all those entrants that were shortlisted and, of course, the winners.”
“We’re particularly proud that our commitment to the promotion of engineering as a career has been recognised in this way,” said Julia Bloomer, AESSEAL Learning and Development Manager.
“AESSEAL is passionate about working with education establishments from primary schools right through to universities and providing a strong and supportive learning environment to develop high calibre, highly skilled engineers of the future.”
ASSEAL operates from 230 locations in 104 countries, which includes 9 manufacturing and 58 repair locations, as well as having over 300 customer service representatives who visit industrial plants on a daily basis.
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.