May 16, 2020

Hulamin Partners with Quintic as part of Supply Chain Optimisation Strategy

Hulamin
South Africa
Africa manufacturing
metals & machin
Admin
2 min
Hulamin is a niche aluminium market player
Hulamin, one of South Africas leading manufacturers, has selected leading supply chain planning and optimisation company, Quintiq, as its scheduling sof...

Hulamin, one of South Africa’s leading manufacturers, has selected leading supply chain planning and optimisation company, Quintiq, as its scheduling software platform.

Headquartered in Holland and the US, Quintiq’s offering will help Hulamin synchronise production and planning for the entire supply chain across its entire operations, which comprise hot-rolling, cold-rolling and finishing facilities.

Higher delivery performance, work-in-progress control, enhanced visibility and KPI scheduling will be just some of the benefits gained from the synergy, while Hulamin will also implement the Quintiq mobility server which allows management to review KPSs on mobile devices and make decisions and changes in real-time.

Quintiq’s reputation as a market leader in aluminum, where Hulamin is a niche market player, coupled with the seamless integration of additional software platform capabilities at Hulamin in 2011 and 2006, made the company’s scheduling technology the perfect choice for a fully cohesive supply chain planning solution.

Lydia Gertenbach, Production Planning Manager at Hulamin, said: “We hosted a one-week demo challenge to evaluate our scheduling options.

 “Quintiq was able to configure its software platform to our unique constraints within the week, and it made a noticeable improvement to our schedules.

“The challenges addressed in the one-week demo challenge were recognisable to the team, which demonstrated the potential value that integrated scheduling can add.

“We’ll now have the supply chain visibility we need to meet the needs of our customers in South Africa and internationally.”

Koen Jacobs, Business Unit Director at Quintiq, added: “Our expertise in the metals market combined with our existing work with Hulamin equipped us to identify where the company could optimise operations in the hot and cold mills.

 “The decision to extend work with us validates the Quintiq offering and we look forward to continued success with Hulamin.”

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

SustainableManufacturing
BatteryCell
EVs
Automotive
2 min
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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