UK manufacturers are urged to participate in industry study
Hennik Research is asking UK manufacturers to participate in its Annual Manufacturing Report, used to gauge the current and future state of the nation’s industry.
The Annual Manufacturing Report 2016 found the second-highest positive outlook since the report began in 2008, demonstrating the resilience of British manufacturing, despite facing both domestic and international challenges.
How has last year’s shrinkage of the steel industry affected UK manufacturing overall?
How has the uncertainty regarding the referendum on whether the UK remains in the European Union impacted on domestic and foreign investment decisions?
How has the Apprenticeship Levy changed industry perceptions towards training apprentices?
The answers to these questions, and more, is what Hennik Research – part of Hennik Group, publishers of The Manufacturer – is looking to uncover.
For the first time, the Annual Manufacturing Report 2016’s included a section on Servitisation, demonstrating manufacturers' increasing tendency to shift from a purely product-led business model to a more relationship-focussed, services-based model.
Continuing this theme, this year’s report debuts sections on both Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, and the Connected/Smart Factory, reflecting the growing adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies, and 3D printing’s move out of R&D and design labs into the manufacturing mainstream.
This year’s report is separated into eight sections including:
· Economy, Prospects; Strategy & Risk
· Skills & Training
· Automation & Productivity
· Servitisation & Manufacturing Services
· Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing
· The Connected/Smart Factory
Each section will take approximately five minutes to complete, and participants can complete as many as they wish.
In order for Hennik Research to draw the most accurate, far-reaching conclusions from the study, the company is urging participants to answer all relevant questions. Once the survey has closed and the response data collated, analysis and conclusions will be drawn by author of the subsequent report, Nick Hussey, CEO of Hennik Group.
With more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, Hussey has also worked with government, spending a year as managing director of Manufacturing Insight – a programme aimed at changing the image of manufacturing. He also holds several non-executive directorships and is a founder member of the IET’s Manufacturing Policy Panel.
To ensure your views are included in the Annual Manufacturing Report 2017, take the survey here.
You can download a digital copy of the Annual Manufacturing Report 2016 here.
In recognition of participation, all contributors will be sent a hard copy of the published final report, worth £195.
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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.