Seven manufacturing Twitter accounts you should be following
Twitter can be an invaluable source of breaking news and information, and keeping up with trends in the manufacturing sector is a must. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best and most informative manufacturing Twitter accounts to ensure you keep your finger on the pulse.
The Manufacturer is among the most respected publications in the industry, with an annual conference and awards ceremony which increase in popularity year-on-year. Its Twitter feed is updated with news and links regularly, ensuring that 25,000 followers are kept up-to-date.
Epicor is a business software company; its digital products are aimed at the manufacturing, engineering, distribution, and retail industries. It keeps its Twitter feed updated with blog posts, statistics, and plenty of industry news.
SME is an organisation which promotes advanced manufacturing. It is a thought leader in the sector, hosting industry events and awards throughout the year, and its Twitter account is filled with news and information aimed at its 41,000 followers.
The Thomas Register of American Manufacturers is the go-to platform for product sourcing in the manufacturing industry for America and Canada. The Twitter account is filled with useful information and links to the popular Tom’s Blog section of the website.
Industry Week is a business website which covers Economy, Finance, Supply Chain, Technology, Workforce, and many other sectors within manufacturing. Its Twitter feed is updated many times a day, covering trends and breaking news.
Design World is a leading resource for engineers worldwide, and its site includes articles, videos, lists of suppliers, and even offers webinars. The Twitter account offers tips, images, and useful links every day.
Quality Digest promotes continuous improvement across various sectors, primarily manufacturing and supply chain, with a website full of resources and training opportunities. Its Twitter feed makes the most of advertising the informative web posts it publishes, plus breaking industry news.
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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.