Global manufacturers gather for inaugural Manufacturing ISV Cloud Summit 2016
Registration is now open for Manufacturing ISV Cloud Summit 2016, the first event dedicated to helping global manufacturers run their businesses in the cloud. The free event will take place on March 23rd 2016 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, where manufacturing customers and executives will share how cloud solutions enable them to increase customer responsiveness, lower costs and improve product agility.
As part of this event, attendees will hear from the Salesforce manufacturing leadership team on the growing need for front and back-office transformation through development partners. Salesforce manufacturing-focused partners Rootstock, Propel, ICIX and Tavant are joint sponsors of the event.
Discussions and demonstrations are expected to focus on mission-critical business processes, including product development, order fulfillment, product compliance, warranty management and field service. Attendees will learn how a cloud platform can support Product Lifecycle Management, ERP, field service and other enterprise business processes.
Scheduled speakers include:
- Achyut Jajoo, Global Industry Lead, Manufacturing Industry Solutions, Salesforce
- Bruce Richardson, SVP and Chief Strategist, Salesforce
- Stephen Simons, EVP and CIO, Direct Energy Solar, part of the Direct Energy family with almost $20B in revenue
"Manufacturers have spent decades managing the lifecycle of building products, but their foundational business model is transforming with blinding speed. There's more value being added after the product ships than ever before and manufacturers have to learn quickly how to manage beyond the product," explained Cindy Bolt, the Senior Vice President for Manufacturing at Salesforce. "Brands like GE, Honeywell and Schneider Electric rely on Salesforce and our partners to reengineer their entire operation and unlock new value across the production and distribution cycle. Our Chicago event brings to life the Salesforce partner ecosystem. We'll highlight how manufacturers leverage our solutions to unlock their siloed legacy data and bring new value to customers and new opportunities to their brands."
"Modern manufacturers need to look at the big picture of developing, manufacturing, selling, servicing and retaining customers," said Ray Hein, CEO of Propel. "Because Propel is built on the Salesforce App Cloud, we easily integrate with solutions like Tavant to help everyone in a manufacturing company and all their partners see all the customer, product and service information needed for product innovation and business success."
"Manufacturing companies are always looking for ways to streamline their supply chain, improve quality and lower product costs," said Pat Garrehy, CEO of Rootstock. "Rootstock and other Salesforce partners, like ICIX, now allow global manufacturers to continue to lower costs and improve business agility by easily sharing product, customer and business information across people, companies and systems."
Registration for the free summit is nearing capacity. For more information on the agenda and to register, visit www.ManufacturingCloudSummit.com.
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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.