May 16, 2020

Gartner reports growth for five of the top 10 mobile phone vendors

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Gartner reports growth for five of the top 10 mobile phone vendors
Five of the top 10 global cellphone vendors experienced growth in the second quarter of 2016, says Gartner.



Anshul Gupta, Research Director at Gartne...

Five of the top 10 global cellphone vendors experienced growth in the second quarter of 2016, says Gartner.

 

Anshul Gupta, Research Director at Gartner, said: “Demand for premium smartphones slowed in the second quarter of 2016 as consumers wait for new hardware launches in the second half of the year.

“The top five smartphone manufacturers together continued to gain market share in the second half of 2016 – up from 51.1 percent to 54 percent year on year, led by Oppo, Samsung, and Huawei.”

Global sales of smartphones came to 344 million units in Q2 of this year - a 4.3 percent increase compared to the same timeframe last year. Five of the world’s top 10 phone vendors - Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, BBK Communication Equipment, and Samsung - enjoyed increased sales.

In Q2 of 2016, Samsung had nearly 10 percent more market share than Apple, thanks in part to its Galaxy A and Galaxy J series competing strongly with Chinese manufacturers. Its improved smartphone portfolio has helped it win back shares lost in emerging markets.

Apple is continuing its downward trend, with a decline of 7.7 percent in Q2. Sales have lessened in the US – its biggest market – and Western Europe, but even worse in Asia where sales dropped a massive 26 percent. However, in Eurasia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe, Apple is enjoying growth of around 95 percent year-on-year. 

 

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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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