Modern Transport Bill 2016 will be a major boost for UK manufacturing
The Queen's Speech last week set out the British government’s agenda for the coming session, outlining proposed policies and legislation. One of the key announcements was the Modern Transport Bill, which looks set to transform the automotive technology industry in the UK.
Johnathan Dudley, Head of Manufacturing Business at Crowe Clark Whitehill, commented on the Bill:
“One of the key items in the Queen’s Speech today was the Modern Transport Bill, which contains measures to encourage investment in driverless cars, electric cars, commercial space planes and drones. This is good news for the UK manufacturing sector which has the skills and now the opportunity to make a big impact in all these areas.
“The driverless car scene in particular is already a growth area in the UK and we anticipate a raft of incentives for manufacturers here. The Queen’s reference to putting the UK ‘at the forefront of safe technology in the autonomous vehicles industry’ reflects the UK’s reputation for safe manufacturing on the global stage; as such we can expect stringent safety regulation to play a key role.
“Meanwhile the measures announced around flying drones are to be welcomed. They have the potential to transform the logistics industry here and in other countries. UK involvement in drone technology is high and British manufacturing is well placed to supply a potentially huge market going forward. As with driverless cars, the Government is positioning the UK manufacturing sector as a safe pair of hands and we welcome the investment this Bill will bring.”
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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.