May 16, 2020

Electrolux named Top Employer

Electrolux
home appliances
Peter Spencer
Top Employers Institute
Nell Walker
2 min
James Gooding, Elizabeth Hawkes, and Marcus Brigstocke.
Home appliance giant, Electrolux UK, has announced that it has achieved certification as a Top Employer for 2017.

The award is highly sought-after, as...

Home appliance giant, Electrolux UK, has announced that it has achieved certification as a Top Employer for 2017.

The award is highly sought-after, as it is considered a mark of excellence for employee conditions, nurturing and developing talent at all levels, and striving to improve employment practises.

It is bestowed by the Top Employers Institute, which has been recognising excellence for 25 years. It has one methodology across 116 countries with 1,239 certified organisations.

The institute assessed Electrolux’s employee offerings on the following criteria:

  • Talent strategy
  • Workforce planning
  • On-boarding
  • Learning and development
  • Performance management
  • Leadership development
  • Career and succession management
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Culture

The institute commented on the company’s achievements on its website:

“Our comprehensive, independent research revealed that Electrolux UK provides exceptional employee conditions, nurtures and develops talent throughout all levels of the organisation, and has demonstrated its leadership status in the HR environment, always striving to optimise its employment practices and to develop its employees.”

Peter Spencer, General Manager UK & Ireland, Electrolux Major Appliances, said of the honour:

“For many years we have used the TNS Employee Engagement Survey to understand how engaged our employees feel, and this has helped us focus our efforts. However, we felt the time was right to benchmark ourselves externally as a UK Employer, hence why we put ourselves forward to be audited by the Top Employers Institute. The Top Employers Institute is a highly regarded, long established and global organisation. The journey to gaining certification is a lengthy, thorough and rigorous process. For us to have achieved Top Employer Certification, across all Electrolux UK entities, on our first submission, is a great honour.”

 

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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BatteryCell
EVs
Automotive
2 min
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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