Smurfit Kappa wins Signify's Passion for Results award
The Ireland-based corrugated packaging company, Smurfit Kappa, has received Signify’s ‘Passion for Results’ award due to its top-of-the-range customer support and service delivery.
Signify offers energy-efficient lighting products, systems and services for the commercial and consumer markets while enjoying a long-term partnership with Smurfit Kappa.
“We are very pleased to receive this award from our valued business partner Signify,” said Greg Hall, CEO of Smurfit Kappa North America.
“It’s very gratifying to get recognition of our ongoing dedication to sharing knowledge and collaboratively designing packaging solutions that exceed requirements.”
“It’s also an honour that Signify has recognised the expertise and capabilities of the Smurfit Kappa team which always strives to surpass expectations throughout all levels of customer interaction.”
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It is thought that the company was acknowledged primarily due to its supply chain optimisation and reduction in cost, as well as in addition to its excellent customer service.
“This award acknowledges Smurfit Kappa for going above and beyond in quick delivery response times to support high schedule fluctuations,” said Bartosz Thomas, from Signify’s Worldwide Strategic Commodity Procurement Team.
“In addition, they provided unlimited support for our IWD & Magic Hat workshops, resulting in and contributing to cost savings, transportation and operational improvements.”
The honour, which was delivered in Mexico, was decided by a global panel of Signify Account Managers and Procurement Directors.
“Smurfit Kappa’s Tijuana Plant in Mexico provides innovative, and sustainable packaging for a wide range of Signify’s lighting products including ballasts, LED lights and LED lamps,” the press release reads.
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.