May 16, 2020

reichelt elektronik expands catalogue thanks to huge growth

reichelt elektronik
Electronics
Manufacturing
business expansion
Nell Walker
2 min
reichelt elektronik expands catalogue thanks to huge growth
Leading online retailer of industrial and consumer electronics, automation, and computer accessories in mainland Europe - reichelt elektronik - has huge...

Leading online retailer of industrial and consumer electronics, automation, and computer accessories in mainland Europe - reichelt elektronik - has hugely expanded its online catalogue with 1649 new products added during Spring 2016. This range reflects the growth of the business following the launch of its online UK retail portal earlier this year. 

reichelt's CEO, Ulf Timmermann, commented: “For any retail business, but particularly one entering a new territory or market, it’s important to listen to the needs and demands of customers. At reichelt, if we hear a call for a specific product line we will always investigate its potential and determine whether it meets our strict quality standards. For example after numerous requests from customers, we have listed the Alpenföhn Matterhorn Rev.C — White Edition: a completely white CPU cooler based on the multiple award-winning Matterhorn model.”

One of the latest devices to join the online catalogue is the professional Sharebot XXL 3D printer. With a large building area which uses Fused Filament Fabrication technology to realise objects, it models functioning prototypes with the best printing quality on the biggest building volume on the current market. The printer is optimised to work with many different materials dedicated to professional applications.

Timmermann continued: “We consider it important to stock end-to-end solutions, constantly supporting customers whether they work in product R&D or mechatronics. The Sharebot XXL is a case in point. With the biggest printing area and the best printing quality on the market, it is ideally suited to the architecture, automatic and mechanical industries.”

 

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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BatteryCell
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Automotive
2 min
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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