May 16, 2020

Efficient and Complex Manufacturing Produces Innovative Armoured Vehicle

INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing
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INKAS Huron
INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing has unveiled a new armoured personnel carrier (APC), built in the most efficient way possible to create as reliable...

INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing has unveiled a new armoured personnel carrier (APC), built in the most efficient way possible to create as reliable, mobile and protective vehicle as possible.

INKAS® Huron is a tactical attack and defense vehicle, which is able to protect its passengers in high threat environments within any climate condition. The vehicle is designed and equipped to operate in police and military tactical missions, convoy protection and border control all over the world.

INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing will supply the first four vehicles to the National Police of Colombia.

 “We are proud to announce a new unique vehicle in the lineup. At INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, we know how important it is to provide protection, reliability and mobility along with a high level of comfort to the passengers of an armored personnel carrier in any type of weather condition.

“Thus, we believe that our customers – police forces, SWAT and other security agencies in Latin America, Africa and all over the world – will see the true value in INKAS® Huron APC,” said Major General David Fraser, Member of the Board of Directors, INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing.

INKAS® Huron is a unique APC in terms of technical specifications, design and assembly. The vehicle is characterised by a high level of manoeuvrability and is extremely lightweight relative to its size.

It incorporates revolutionary lightweight armor which increases its mobility and speed performance in comparison with the other similarly-sized vehicles in the market.

INKAS® Huron’s well-proven off-road capabilities are supported by an 8.3L Paccar Engine and a ten-speed manual Allison Transmission. The OEM body of the vehicle was replaced with a fully re-designed body by INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing that incorporates heat and noise insulation materials providing an unprecedented level of comfort to its occupants.

The vehicle’s ballistic design and special armour protection are aimed to maximise its ability to protect passengers in any environment and allow the vehicle to endure high levels of attacks while maintaining its full performance.

INKAS® Huron’s perimeter armouring of the passenger compartment and engine bay is designed to provide protection against 7.62x51 SC ammunition, 7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball ammunition and tested to meet NIJ-STD-0108.01 Level III / CEN Level B6 ballistic standards.

The floor is fitted with blast protection to defend occupants against fragmentation from detonation of 2 DM-51 German ordnance hand grenades or equivalent light anti-personnel mines. Each armour plate is laboratory tested and certified not only by INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, but also by third party laboratories as required by law.

The length of the vehicle as well as other critical characteristics such as a roof-mounted gun turret can be customized in order to meet the requirements of each customer.

INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing facilitates the global delivery of the vehicle to all major seaports as well as it has an ability to arrange airfreight upon special request. INKAS® Huron’s competitive price makes the vehicle accessible for Ministries of Defence, police and other security agencies.

 

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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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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