May 16, 2020

Spirit AeroSystems and an advanced UK Research Centre join forces to accelerate the aerospace sector

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Catherine Sturman
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Spirit AeroSystems announced it has become a member of theUniversity of Strathclyde'sAdvanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).

Located inGlasgow, Scotl...

Spirit AeroSystems announced it has become a member of the University of Strathclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).  

Located in Glasgow, Scotland, the AFRC is one of the UK's leading research institutions, concentrating on innovation and breakthrough technologies in manufacturing.

One of the largest manufacturers of aerostructures in the world with design and build capabilities for both commercial and defense customers, its Prestwick site manufactures metallic and composite wing components, such as the leading- and trailing-edges for the Airbus A320 family, as well as wing structures for the Boeing 767 and Airbus A350. 

"On top of developing and accessing emerging technologies, this collaboration will give Spirit an incredible opportunity to tap into the university's student and post-graduate talent pool to directly contribute to the design and manufacture of next-generation wing and fuselage structures," said Spirit AeroSystems Vice President, Research and Technology Sean Black, PhD.

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Spirit's membership comes as a result of a number of successful collaborative projects between the two organisations and the wider University of Strathclyde community.

"We are delighted to join forces with the AFRC and increase our exposure to innovative manufacturing techniques and processes," stated Spirit AeroSystems Senior Vice President, Chief Technology and Quality Officer John Pilla in a recent press release.  "This will strengthen our ability to lead the way in the future of flight."

This relationship with the AFRC further leverages Spirit's investment in the creation of a new 70,000-square-foot Aerospace Innovation Centre at its manufacturing site in Prestwick, Scotland, which will open in 2020.

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell 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.

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