British buying habits remain healthy, says JML
Incorporated in 1986, the consumer products company JML is a household name, found in most major retail chains across the UK and Ireland, plus around 80 international nations. It is well known for its infomercial style of advertising and a 24 hour shopping channel, and its success has led it to recently sell its 100 millionth product.
The business started recording sales just 20 years ago through EPOS, and thanks to its levels of growth, JML expect to sell its 200 millionth product in an even shorter timeframe.
Ken Daly, CEO of JML, believes this proves that buying habits remain healthy in Brexit Britain.
“Since starting as a small family company more than 30 years ago, JML has gone from strength to strength and is now a household name,” he said. “Our 100 millionth UK sale demonstrates the affection with which the British public holds the JML brand, and this affection is a result of all the hard work that the JML team have put in over the years.
“Consumers are more empowered than they ever have been, and the onus really is on us as retailers to play by their rules, and not the other way round. At JML we have managed to maintain an unswerving focus on finding the next consumer problem to solve, and this landmark statistic is testament to the work that goes into keeping up with the ever-changing needs of our customers.
“After all, seven out of 10 UK households have a JML product in their home, and a JML product is sold every two seconds.
“With our ambitious plans to double sales in the next three years, and our investment in the growing range of great products that we are developing, we expect to sell the next 100 million units in a much shorter space of time.”
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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.