The Autins Group to reveal new lightweight material at Midlands expo
Award-winning manufacturing company The Autins Group has confirmed that it will be unveiling a new product for the first time at this year’s Made in The Midlands business expo in May.
The company, which develops and manufactures lightweight thermal and acoustic materials for a range of industries including automotive, marine and aerospace, will be offering visitors a sneak preview of its latest lightweight insulation material, Neptune. The event takes place on Thursday the 12th May at the GTG Training and Conference Centre in Wolverhampton.
Jim Griffin of The Autins Group commented: “Despite being a global operation, The Autins Group is proud to have its manufacturing roots firmly in the Midlands. This event seemed the perfect place to show our new product for the first time. As the exclusive UK manufacturer, this is the only place where people will be able to see Neptune for themselves.”
The Autins Group stand will include demonstration samples of products made from Neptune as well as rolls of the lightweight fibre which can be used to improve thermal and acoustic properties for applications in a range of sectors from automotive, rail, marine and aeronautical through to clothing manufacture.
The Made in the Midlands exhibition has been running for seven years and having relocated to a new venue, the 2016 event looks likely to be the biggest yet. Over 100 companies will be exhibiting and over 1000 visitors are expected to attend.
The Autins Group is a Gold member and was named Company of the Year at the Made in the Midlands annual awards two years ago. It received the accolade in recognition of the company’s rapid growth and investment in technology. During the last five years, Autins has expanded from one UK site, setting up operations in Sweden and Germany to service customers across the world. A dedicated R&D centre is also due to open in Warwickshire later this year. The company now employs up to 200 staff at its Rugby headquarters.
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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.