May 16, 2020

Autins Group sets up site at Europe's largest R&D facility

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Manufacturing
Insulation
Automotive
Nell Walker
2 min
Autins Group sets up site at Europe's largest R&D facility
The Autins Group manufactures high-performance thermal and acoustic insulation materials and components for markets including the automotive, marine, ra...

The Autins Group manufactures high-performance thermal and acoustic insulation materials and components for markets including the automotive, marine, railway and apparel sectors.
 
Autins has taken a lease on a 3000 square feet premises at MIRA to set up an R&D facility. The Autins Technical Centre is expected to be up and running by summer 2016 with accreditation to UKAS standards expected by the second quarter of 2017. The facility will then be able to offer materials testing commercially to companies from a range of industries, including automotive.
 
Jim Griffin, CEO of The Autins Group, commented: “HORIBA MIRA offers research and testing facilities which are second to none. It is well located for our three local sites as well as the thriving Midlands automotive industry and so seemed the ideal place to develop our R&D capabilities.”
 
The new site will be headed up by Dr Kathryn Beresford who is chief technical officer at the Autins Group. The company will initially carry out testing on the site for products made at their Midlands factories, as well as for sites in Sweden and Germany. It will also be a hub for research on new lightweight materials with thermal and acoustic properties.
 
HORIBA MIRA Technology Park is Europe’s largest automotive technology cluster and is gaining global recognition as the premier location in Europe for automotive, R&D, engineering and testing. Companies based on the park benefit from direct access to the comprehensive HORIBA MIRA test facilities and engineering, research and test services. The site currently has a suite of 37 major test facilities as well as 100km of specialised proving ground tracks.
 
The Autins Group has more than tripled its workforce since 2012 as part of an ongoing expansion programme and investment in new technology which includes the development of an R&D facility.
 
“We have had a period of rapid growth at Autins and we plan to keep on expanding and innovating,” added Griffin. “Setting up a site at MIRA is the next logical step and will enable the company to develop more advanced lightweight solutions for a whole range of products and industries.”
 

 

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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BatteryCell
EVs
Automotive
2 min
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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