May 16, 2020

Aston Martin Targets More Flexible Supply Chain

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automotive manufacturing
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In a week where many SMEs have been encouraged toreshoremanufacturing processes back to the UK, one of the countrys more renowned companies has signalle...

In a week where many SMEs have been encouraged to reshore manufacturing processes back to the UK, one of the country’s more renowned companies has signalled its intentions to boost its domestic supply chain.

Aston Martin is looking to improve sustainability and flexibility as part of the move, with Senior Purchasing Manager, David Wyer telling Supply Management that an increase in the UK’s contribution to global operations would “meet our quality, cost, environmental and risk management criteria”.

“We believe that local suppliers have this capability together with the additional benefit of flexibility towards managing increasing component complexity,” he went on to say.

The company currently deals with more than 200 suppliers in regards to its car parts operations; with less than half based in the UK. The remaining strongholds are spread across the rest of Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, making management of logistics and procurement a challenge.

This isn’t to say there won’t be challenges in edging the system closer to home though, as Wyer continued to explain: “In terms of challenges, we want to continue to select partners and build relationships that will hold for a number of years. Continuing to do this in a very competitive market, with production volumes as small as ours can be difficult.

“In terms of people, maintaining and attracting highly-skilled procurement professionals in an equally competitive market provides a significant challenge.”

 

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell 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.

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