May 16, 2020

Hitex International and Trans Metalite announce joint venture in India

Manufacturing
construction
Make in India
Infrastructure
Nell Walker
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Hitex International and Trans Metalite announce joint venture in India
Hitex International Group, the leading global provider road safety and surfacing solutions, has announced a new joint venture partnership with Trans Met...

Hitex International Group, the leading global provider road safety and surfacing solutions, has announced a new joint venture partnership with Trans Metalite India, the New Delhi-based supplier of highways infrastructure solutions. The Metalite Hitex Group will offer a wide range of innovative, high quality road maintenance, safety and marking solutions designed specifically for Indian highways construction and maintenance industries.

Finn Goff, Group Commercial Director, Hitex International Group commented: “Metalite Hitex Group has been formed to meet the unique and often complex difficulties facing India’s highway infrastructure network. Together we will focus on developing cost effective Indian solutions to Indian problems rather than trying to implement products or systems designed for the European market and infrastructure needs.”

Demonstrating its commitment to India, Metalite Hitex Group has established a new manufacturing plant at Bawal in Haryana, where a range of road repair and maintenance solutions will be developed. They will include new crack, joint and pothole repairs, anti-skid treatments and high quality thermoplastic road markings.

Vikas Jalan, Managing Director, Trans Metalite India Limited added: “Metalite Hitex Group will develop and manufacture new materials, equipment and processes that extend the effective life of road surfaces and substantially reduce ongoing maintenance and lifecycle costs. We are pleased to partner with Hitex International Group as there is great synergy between our two companies with the complementary services we can jointly offer the highways sector.”

The launch of this joint venture was fully supported by the British High Commission in New Delhi where Anthony Cooper, First Secretary, Trade and Investment, said: "This partnership between two leading British and Indian companies celebrates the spirit of Great for Collaboration and Make in India, exciting campaigns that highlight the scale of the UK's commitment to India. We are glad that the UK can use its expertise to provide solutions for road maintenance in India."

 

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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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