International Festival for Business will showcase UK manufacturing excellence
The UK’s world-renowned manufacturing sector will be showcased to a global business audience at the International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016) in the biggest week in the UK manufacturing calendar.
The programme for the opening week of the Festival provides opportunities for UK automotive, food and beverage, and maritime companies to demonstrate global leadership. Highlights include:
· FDEA Summer Network Forum & Meet The Buyer (15th June) – Andrew Staal of Quorn and Katie Birrell of Nairn Oatcakes will speak at this one-day event bringing opportunities for insight into trends in the food & drink industry. It includes introductions to export sales and meeting with international buyers from wide-ranging markets.
· UKTI Export Online: Food and Drink E-Commerce Summit (14th June) – Speakers include Martin Gardner of Amazon Global and William Chase, Tyrrell’s and Williams Chase. An event for UK food and drink producers and global e-commerce players to explore the growing appetite for British brands from international online shoppers.
· British Chamber of Commerce’s Meet Your Global Network (16th June) – Speakers, including Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, Greg Clark an Economic Advisor for the World Bank and Xun Zhenying, President of the Guangzhou (China’s 3rd biggest city) General Chamber of Commerce, and will feature a series of workshops that focus on specific export markets for British goods
· InvestinBlue Connecting Maritime Opportunities (15th-16th June) – A two-day event investigating the global opportunities for UK maritime infrastructure development, high-tech projects, products, systems and services. Speakers include Roger Bailey of Tideway and Mark Whitworth of Peel Ports
· UK Trade & Export Finance Conference 2016 (15th June) – A forum for the UK’s business, government and financial sectors to meet and discuss ongoing export trade priorities. It will include the National Awards for Export Excellence 2016, celebrating the past year of achievement for the UK’s manufacturers and exporters
· Automotive Leaders Summit Liverpool (15th-16th June) – A two-day programme featuring a day of ‘behind-the-scenes’ site tours, including Jaguar Land Rover, giving delegates opportunities to explore the new technologies shaping the automotive industry’s future. This will be followed by a day of in-depth discussion with keynote speakers and networking sessions
· International Waterfront Forum (IWF2016, 16th-17th June) – Delegates will hear from Lord Heseltine among others about waterside regeneration and city waterfront promotion, exploring worldwide the common challenges.
· UKTI - Catalysing Success for UK Chemicals (16th June) – An event including discussions with key chemicals infrastructure investors on the future of sector development. Speakers include Ian Shott of Shott Trinova and Harry Swan of Swan & Co. Ltd
· EEF - Made In Britain. Loved By The World (14th June) – Provides an essential insight into the critical role that the UK manufacturing sector plays within the global economy. Speakers include Lord Bilimoria, Founder of Cobra Beer
· Made in the UK Awards & Dinner (17th June) – An evening devoted to sustainable and forward-thinking manufacturers across the UK. The nine awards include Manufacturer of the Year Award, the Green / Sustainable Manufacturer Award and the Export Award
In addition, IFB2016 principal partner UK Trade and Investment will also be staging a series of further events throughout manufacturing week:
· Future-proofing the UK Automotive Supply Chain (15th June) – emerging technologies in automotive
· Made in the UK 2016 (17th June) – challenges, solutions, case studies and support in developing business opportunities and illuminate the cutting edge technology of the future
Ian McCarthy, Festival Director of IFB2016, said that this line-up of events would provide a highlight for the manufacturing sector in the UK this year. He commented: “With key events supported by EEF, Innovate UK and the Enterprise Europe Network, we are providing manufacturers with the very best networking, discussion and exhibition opportunities and we will be encouraging businesses to use our services to find new routes to export. Showcasing UK expertise to an international audience coming from every continent."
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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.