SABIC Meets Safety Requirements for Gas Distribution Pipes Industry
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), the global leading diversified petrochemicals company, has completed its Vestolen A pipe portfolio by adding a new orange colored High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) grade which can be used for gas distribution.
The idea behind the new grade, SABIC Vestolen A 6060R, is to meet the industry’s need for enhanced product safety and reliability.
As well as being long-lasting and usable across both mono and multi later pipes, its resistance to slow crack growth and rapid crack propogation builds upon SABIC’s existing range which is renowned for reliability, weight efficiency and easy installation.
Louis Loos, Segment Leader Pipes at SABIC commented: “SABIC will continue to invest in the pipe industry, to be able to anticipate effectively on its future developments and requirements. Our global platform of research and development centers makes us a strong innovation partner and we’re ready to leverage this capability further in collaboration with customers”.
As die deposits are significantly reduced during the extrusion process of the new grade, SABIC® Vestolen A 6060R also offers considerable benefits to converters as the production process doesn’t need to be interrupted as frequently as is needed with standard material, and higher levels of throughput can be achieved as a result.
“When developing new materials we pay particular attention to the conversion process. SABIC® Vestolen A 6060R is an example how we support converters to optimize their production process,” added SABIC’s Technical Marketing Engineer HDPE Europe, Ralph Handstanger.
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.