How can food manufacturers combat product recalls?
Food manufacturers face unique business risks that other sectors do not, but the correct software can make all the difference. Quorn has recently announced a recall of its meat-free mince over fears that it contains metal pieces; Stuart Hall, Sales Director at Epicor Software, UK & Ireland, has offered the following expert commentary:
“[Yesterday’s] unfortunate news that Quorn has recalled it’s frozen meat-free mince over a fear that it may contain metal pieces, isn’t the first, and won’t be the last time, a food recall has hit the headlines. If we look back to last year, we saw high profile recalls from Yeo Valley and Mars. Such recalls hit an organisation greatly both in terms of reputational damage and cost – in fact, Mars spent over a million pounds on fixing its error and suffered a loss of sales at the same time – but also bought to attention the fact that food manufacturers need to be doing more to prevent contaminated food.
“Such events highlight that food and beverage manufacturers have distinct needs and face huge risks unique to their business, this is why it is vital that they ensure they have the right processes and a business software solution in place so that they react swiftly. The right enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is a great resource for manufacturers and is specifically designed to prevent the contamination of products, avoid any following recalls but assist in the recovery plan if they do.”
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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.