Pressure Hydraulics Cork recognised as Ireland's first Bosch Rexroth training centre
Bosch Rexroth has announced Pressure Hydraulics Cork (PHC) as its Authorised Training Centre, with its official certificate of accreditation presented on the 18th March 2016.
Based in Cork, PHC is the only facility in Ireland to be recognised as an Authorised Training Centre by Bosch Rexroth.
Ireland‘s leading supplier of hydraulic valves, pumps and filters demonstrated exceptional standards, from equipment quality through to delivery of training, in order to achieve the much sought after accreditation.
The trusted partner of Bosch Rexroth, has been providing training on industrial hydraulics and controls for three years and plans to grow its training offer to the Irish market with a focus on bespoke courses for its customers, tailored to suit individual requirements.
Jim Hickey, Managing Director at Pressure Hydraulics Cork, said: “Being the only Bosch Rexroth Authorised Training Centre in Ireland is a significant achievement and something we are very proud of. We‘ve worked really hard to obtain this title and we aim to continue maintaining this standard.”
Jim continued: “The Irish manufacturing industry is doing really well right now after experiencing an increase in new orders and a faster rate of expansion over the last six months. Our site in Cork will be a great support for companies in Ireland looking to train individuals to the best of their ability, from beginners through to experienced engineers.”
The facility has a dedicated training room complete with Bosch Rexroth training rigs, offering a hands-on experience. As well as this, the on-site trainer is also Bosch Rexroth approved. The certified tutors are a mixture of current Field Service Engineers, Application Engineers and Test Engineers with personal access to a vast amount of practical understanding and real-life experience. With the aim to provide current product knowledge and trends in the industry, which is vital in the ever changing industrial climate.
Andrew Collins, Operations Director at Bosch Rexroth, commented: “All our accredited training facilities and trainers have to meet various criteria before achieving accreditation. The results from these rigorous assessments mean, we can now ascertain that Pressure Hydraulics Cork provides the best quality training, from equipment through to personnel. The accreditation is not only great for Pressure Hydraulics Cork but also for Ireland as a whole.”
Pressure Hydraulics Cork’s training facility has been validated as an Authorised Training Centre from the 1st March 2016, and an official presentation of the certificate took place 18 March 2016.
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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.