Sony UK Technology Centre achieves prestigious global presidents award
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Sony UK Technology Centre (UKTEC), based in Wales, UK, has won the Production Centre President Award for Best Performance.
The leading manufacturer of professional camera systems out-performed all other 44 Sony manufacturing plants to win the international award. Sony UKTEC has achieved year-on-year improvements across all business operations, and was scored on core performance indexes including innovation, quality, sales growth, environment, supply chain, manufacturing cost performance, efficiency, delivery, leadership, learning and development. The analysis included Sony manufacturing, third party collaborative manufacturing, customer service repair centre, and the business incubation centre that is home to some 32 tenants.
Led by Managing Director Steve Dalton OBE, the 400-strong team at Sony UKTEC has also been awarded the IiP Gold award – which is only awarded to 3% of organisations across the UK – in recognition of their commitment to the development and support of staff.
Dalton said: “We are immensely proud of our people who continue to deliver an impressive performance. Our focus on quality, innovation and growth is recognised by both Sony and our third party manufacturing clients who we work in partnership with.”
Having adopted some of the most pioneering process techniques across all Sony sites, Sony UKTEC has successfully expanded the business incubation centre and the third party collaborative manufacturing business in Pencoed, including the production of over six million Raspberry Pis under license for two worldwide distributors, element14 and RS Components.
With advanced manufacturing capabilities, Sony UKTEC works in partnership with third parties to deliver bespoke end-to-end manufacturing solutions that improve quality and drive down costs for a range of sectors including medical, LED and renewables. Partners also have access to the Sony global procurement database; logistics supply chain, dedicated aftercare service centre and pre-approved audited suppliers via the Sony Green Partners Programme.
Dalton continues: “With state-of-the-art technology, we continue to encourage and support innovation, wholesome business practices and diversity and inclusion initiatives while striving to achieve a zero environmental footprint throughout the life cycle of our products and business activities by 2050.
“It is this commitment to sustainable success that shapes our business. We ensure that our objectives are embraced by all and that we all understand the need for customer focus, agility, and continuous improvement.”
Sony UKTEC offers staff a clear training and development programme through its Sony Wales Academy. As well as providing training and mentoring opportunities for its staff the company also offers training facilities for external organisations that want to develop their knowledge and skills.
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.