May 16, 2020

India’s first lithium-ion cell manufacturing site to be built in Andhra Pradesh

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Munoth Industries
Sophie Chapman
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India's first lithium-ion cell facility to be developed by Munoth Industries
Munoth Industries, the Chennai-based company, has announced it will be developing a lithium-ion cell manufacturing facility in India.

The site, which w...

Munoth Industries, the Chennai-based company, has announced it will be developing a lithium-ion cell manufacturing facility in India.

The site, which will be built in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, will receive a total of Rs 799 crore (US$118.2mn).

Munoth Industries, a firm that has worked with mobile phone distribution and cell manufacturing, will develop the nation’s first lithium-ion cell factory, generating 1,700 jobs.

“We are committed to invest a total of Rs 799 crore in the manufacturing plant. The investment will be raised through debt, equity and internal accruals. We will make batteries initially to cater demand of smartphone segment,” said Jaswant Munoth, Director of Munoth Industries Limited.

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The facility’s first phase will target the mobile phone industry when operational in March 2019.

The second and third phases of the Andhra Pradesh project are anticipated to be complete by 2022.

Rs 165 crore ($24.4mn) has been invested into the first phase, with the Centre and the State to both offer Rs 25 crore ($3.7mn) in subsidies.

“Lithium-ion cell is a core component for mobile phone industry,” stated Ajay Prakash Sawhney, India’s Secretary for the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

“As of now, Lithium-ion cells are imported and battery packs are assembled in India using the imported cells and with this project of Munoth Industries, we will begin our journey to become a pioneer in this space.”

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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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