May 16, 2020

Bombardier receives £4.5bn order from airBaltic for up to 60 aircrafts

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Canada
Northern Ireland
Belfast
Sophie Chapman
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Bombardier receives £4.5bn order for planes, to be made in Belfast
The Canadian aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier, has received an order for up to 60 of its C-Series passenger aircrafts.

The order was placed by the Lat...

The Canadian aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier, has received an order for up to 60 of its C-Series passenger aircrafts.

The order was placed by the Latvian carrier, airBaltic, for 30 CS300 passenger jets with the option for an additional 30 to be ordered.

The deal is anticipated to worth around £4.5bn (US$5.98bn), based on the Bombardier’s book prices.

With the 30 aircrafts ordered, airBaltic has become the manufacturer’s largest customer in Europe, and second-largest customer in the world.

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“The C Series aircraft is at the forefront of the small single-aisle market, and airBaltic played a key role in demonstrating its value,” announced Fred Cromer, President of Commercial Aircraft at  Bombardier.

“In the last 18 months, we have witnessed airBaltic’s growing leadership in the market, and we wish the airline further success with its expanded CS300 fleet.”

The aeroplane is manufactured in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where it employs around 4,000 people.

The manufacturer also confirmed that it would produce part of its new business jets in the city.

The Global 5500 and Global 6500 will feature “unprecedented levels of innovation and comfort” Bombardier claims.

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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Automotive
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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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