EVENT: AUTOEXPO AFRICA 2015
Autoexpo Africa’s footprint as the leading trade and business event for the automotive sector in the region now extends to countries in the wider Middle East, Central and South Asia as well as European markets.
Organizer Expogroup Dubai, reported widespread interest in Autoexpo Africa 2015 from countries as varied as Pakistan and Israel, at the conclusion of a series of Industry Meetings with the aftermarket fraternities in these countries recently.
The series of Industry Meetings is part of Expogroup’s strategic outreach to interact and engage with automotive companies and key buyers in countries within close proximity to the UAE and Africa, which are also influential players and stakeholders in the regional Auto sector business. The previous Industry Meetings have enabled the Expogroup Dubai team to interact closely with manufacturers, distributors, importers exporters, suppliers, key buyers and media representatives in a wide range of countries including: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, South Africa and India.
“The Industry Meetings enable us to get an up-close look at the conditions and requirements of each market while engaging in one-on-one interactions with many of the leading players,” said Mr. Jason Dexter, Project Manager of Expogroup Dubai. “These meetings also enable us to convince varied market players of the viability and effectiveness of Autoexpo Africa as an unmatched business enabling platform.”
At the meetings invited delegates are given a detailed presentation on the overall aftermarket industry statistics, information and data including the East Africa focus, trade relations & trends and also the benefits of being present at Autoexpo Africa and the advantages of such participation offers a potential exhibitor or trade visitor. The team also answers any questions from potential participants and visitors.
Autoexpo Africa 2015 looks well set for a record run when it opens doors in April at the Kenyatta Int’l Conference Centre, Nairobi and in August at the Mlimani Conference Centre, Dar-es- Salaam. Acknowledged as the premier trade event serving the thriving automotive sector in East Africa, Autoexpo Africa 2015 will feature the following product groups: Parts & Systems; Accessories & Tuning; Repair & Maintenance; Tires & Batteries; Garage equipment; Lubricants, Tires & Tubes etc.
The upcoming 18th edition of AUTOEXPO AFRICA 2015 is going to be held from 27th - 29th April at the Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya and from 27th - 29th August at the Mlimani Conference Center, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
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.