May 16, 2020

BHS to receive an international lease of life

BHS
British Home Stores
Philip Green
Dominic Chappell
Nell Walker
2 min
BHS to receive an international lease of life
British Home Stores has been in and out of the news in recent months, thanks to its untimely demise at the hands of Philip Green and Dominic Chappell. 1...

British Home Stores has been in and out of the news in recent months, thanks to its untimely demise at the hands of Philip Green and Dominic Chappell. 11,000 staff members were abruptly left without jobs, yet there is somewhat of a silver lining to the remaining rubble of BHS.

The company now plans to launch in new countries. It was bought by the Al Mana Group in June, and has already secured agreements with partners in new territories. Ranges will continue to be designed in London, but aimed towards the international customer.

BHS also plans to open new state-of-the-art department stores, including in Qatar. It has enjoyed success and profit internationally, with 61 stores in 14 countries since it began its foreign franchising in 1985.

David Anderson, Managing Director of BHS International, said: “Our international business has been operating since 1985 and it’s enjoyed strong growth in recent years.  Under the new owners, we have ambitious plans to accelerate this growth, and working closely with new and existing franchise partners we are confident we can do this; since the new International business was formed in June, we have secured agreements with new partners in new territories, and are in discussions with many others.

“In the countries we operate in outside of the UK, visiting shopping malls and stores is very much a leisure and family activity.  Our franchise partners have made significant investment in their stores to ensure they provide an enjoyable shopping experience for their customers.  We will help them build on this by providing a greater focus on market-specific products, and introducing new and exciting ranges.”   

 

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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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