Sintavia opens new Florida facility
The 55,000-sq-ft facility will also serve as...
Additive manufacturing company Sintavia has announced the opening of a new facility in Hollywood, Florida.
The 55,000-sq-ft facility will also serve as the company’s headquarters. The company specializes in the manufacturing of metal parts for the aerospace and defense industries. Accordingly, Brian Neff, the Chairman and CEO of Sintavia, said that “this new facility is the first of its kind in North America to offer large-scale AM production coupled with a robust aerospace quality management system. As we grow, it will serve as a template for future vertically-aligned advanced manufacturing facilities around the U.S. and the world.”
As reported by TCT Magazine, Sintavia received in September of last year an investment of an undisclosed amount from Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation. Sumitomo Corporation of Americas CEO Masaki Nakajima, who was at the opening, said that “Sintavia has again proven itself as a leader in the industrialization of AM production.”
The company said that over $25mn of manufacturing equipment is contained within the facility, ranging from medium and large scale metal printers, EDMs, post-processing machines, wet-booths, and multiple furnaces. Specific improvements the company gains from its new facility are manufacturing rooms segregated by alloy, a large-scale powder management system, an uninterruptable power supply, an inert gas farm, and a final production acceptance quality control room.
Sintavia anticipate that the facility will add 130 new jobs for skilled workers and support staff, producing tens of thousands of parts representing over $100mn in annual revenue.
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.