The June edition of Manufacturing Global is live!
This month, we start the conversation with Edwin Goffard, COO of Corrugated Europe for S...
Welcome to the June edition of Manufacturing Global magazine.
This month, we start the conversation with Edwin Goffard, COO of Corrugated Europe for Smurfit Kappa.
As a global giant in the manufacturing industry, Goffard describes how Smurfit Kappa’s innovative thinking is impacting the packaging industry and supporting its customers.
Next, as the sector tries to meet the demands of Manufacturing 4.0, computer numerical control (CNC) has emerged as a promising market, forecast to reach $100bn by 2025.
Manufacturing Global’s Nell Walker finds out how motorsport is nurturing this manufacturing trend.
Next, as research from Deloitte showing that labour overspending has reached concerning levels, we speak to Jennie Brogrand, Manufacturing Sector Lead for LaborWise, Deloitte to find out more.
Overprocessing is one of the well-documented seven wastes of lean manufacturing.
With this in mind, Manufacturing Global talked to Tim Murray, Associative Director of Newton, to find out how processes can become more efficient in the manufacturing sector.
Next, we turn the spotlight to the top ten electronics manufacturers in the world. In 2016 alone, these organisations generated combined profits of $27.7trn but which manufacturers topped the list?
Finally, we take a look at the most highly-anticipated events that the sector has to offer.
Enjoy the issue!
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.