Bosal Mexico: two decades of growth and human development
Human management is one of the great differentiators that have driven the development of Bosal business in Mexico. Human resource directors have endeavored to keep all personnel trained, not only with rigorous programs, but also with educational exchanges in academic institutions in Queretaro.
Bosal has a low turnover of employees, clear evidence of growth opportunities offered by the company. The current Managing Director of Bosal in Mexico, Engineer Luis Palome, is a great example of this internal advancement. Palome has been part of the subsidiary since its establishment in the country in 1994, growing along with personal entrepreneurship and business expansion.
The Managing Director of Bosal Mexico is an industrial engineer and an executive who has led the leadership of the subsidiary in Mexico for the past six years. In an interview with Business Review America Latina, he mentioned: "Our employee skills have been the major success for Bosal in Mexico, this has allowed us to grow with the group and get new businesses."
As for the growth of branches in Latin America, the managing director said: "So far we have not planned to position ourselves in other countries. We believe that our current affiliates in both Mexico and Brazil, are allowing us to completely cover the Latin American market."
Innovations for the domestic and international market
Bosal operates two divisions globally: emissions control systems and automotive protection systems. Nationally, Bosal Group introduced the latter to its product portfolio in Mexico, for the subsidiary to begin the management of specific towbars.
"Bosal is a leader in Europe in this segment (towbars) and with this addition in our portfolio, we will seek to be leaders in North America," Palome said.
Bosal Mexico has commercialized all corporate innovations in local and international markets. In general terms, highlighting a more efficient design of parts, with the inclusion of progressive technologies.
The company has a department dedicated to the negotiations and management of local and international suppliers. Bosal Mexico seeks to strengthen local production with long-term relationships with domestic providers; otherwise, they will use the global strategy.
"Bosal has always sought providers nationwide for strategic reasons and to promote economic growth. However, we know that many commodities and products are not available in Mexico and this is where we use our global sourcing strategy, by using a volume strategy and competitive acquisition from other subsidiaries established on all five continents," Palome said.
Additionally, the entire chain meets commercial guidelines.
Mexico is the seventh largest producer in the global automotive industry, attracting the arrival of car assembly plants that will increase the domestic demand of auto parts and components. The group is preparing for the imminent growth of this sector by investing to serve future needs.
"Although we have been expanding the plant in Queretaro, the fabric will grow 300 percent by early 2017, and we are about to open a second satellite plant in Coahuila. Also, by expanding operations with the new business segment of towbars, this will open the possibility of building a second plant here in Queretaro by the end of 2016," said Palomé.
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.