CMS installation milestone celebrated at Bombardier’s Singapore facility
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Bombardier, the Montreal based aerospace company, has announced a landmark installation milestone at its Singapore service centre.
The company’s Service Centre at the Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore saw the installation of the Lufthansa Technik AG nice HD Cabin Management System (CMS) in a Global Express aircraft, the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. The work was performed on behalf of a customer who wanted to update the aircraft’s existing CMS.
“This Global Express XRS customer sought a facility that had the ability to take on such an upgrade to enhance the customer experience,” said Simon Wayne, General Manager of the Singapore Service Centre. “The passenger control units for the nice HD system fit into the Global’s existing locations, which saved the customer time and money.”
The wider relevance of the news is in the increased capability of the Singapore site. As previously announced in February, the facility is quadrupling in size to reach an approximate 430,000 sq ft. Bombardier will use the facility to offer services to its range of Bombardier Global, Challenger and Learjet aircraft, offering maintenance, refurbishment and modification. The upgraded facility planned to open in 2020.
“This achievement underscores the outstanding engineering and maintenance teams that we have at the Singapore Service Centre serving our customers in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Since opening in February 2014, the Singapore Centre has established itself as a centre of excellence for all types of retrofits, maintenance procedures and upgrades. With the expansion of this facility, we will continue to provide customers in the Asia-Pacific region with enhanced reliability and service options and create future opportunities to reach more achievements like this one.”
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.