How has JCB improved its logistics operations?
JCB has opened up about how it has improved its logistics operations at a Chartered Institute of Logistics event, to an audience of aftermarket professionals.
The event, hosted by technology management company 3T Logistics last month, saw Chris Buckler, Operations Director for JCB Service talk about the logistics challenges that the company faces as an aftermarket supplier, and how it has overcome them.
The talk was entitled ‘Aftermarket logistics and transport: trends for a global aftermarket business’, during which Buckler gave a presentation on how JCB has developed a global strategic transport plan and created new distribution models to support growth and fulfil customer demand.
“Transport costs are a necessary cost of servicing customers well and are influenced by all sorts of behaviours, both internal and external,” explained Buckler. “The speed and quality of product transportation is very important to us at JCB – the integral task of servicing customers doesn’t conclude until we make the delivery to them.”
Despite having a massive global network of customers and suppliers, JCB aims to service any dealer in the world for a VOR (Vehicle of Road) request within 24 hours. This has significant implications for transport management, and so JCB has been working with 3T since 2008 to streamline logistics processes using 3T’s sophisticated transport management technology, which uses advanced algorithms to optimise vehicle utilisation and more.
Buckler also talked about peoples’ increasing digital footprint, highlighting the importance of making effective use of the huge amounts of data that organisations now have access to.
“One thing you can be certain about the future is that life will be different to what we know today,” he commented. “Technology is changing at a dramatic and accelerating rate. We have to change and adapt how we do business and interface throughout the whole supply chain… those that don’t change and adapt will be left behind.”
3T’s Business Development Manager, Steve Holmes, was delighted with the way that the event went. “It was a really successful evening and the feedback we received from the audience was very positive with people commenting how useful and informative Chris’s talk was.”
3T will be joining forces with CILT again later in the year to run another free presentation for logistics professionals at their Leicester headquarters.
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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.