UK's Adey Steel Group goes from strength to strength
Family owned UK business Adey Steel Group is expanding its team with an ongoing recruitment process and an exciting apprenticeship programme, giving young people the chance to build a career in the steel industry.
Recognising the need to attract young people into the engineering and construction industries, the Adey Steel Group welcomes four new entrants to its apprenticeship programme annually. Working with local colleges such as Loughborough and Stephenson College, the company focusses on training the apprentices in all aspects of the business, from developing both theory and knowledge to working on the shop floor and in the offices. This ensures apprentices graduate with a rounded knowledge of the industry.
In recent years, the Loughborough-based company has successfully trained fabricator welders as well as draughtsmen. Apprentices have also gone on to successfully attain roles on workshop floors, as CAD designers and project managers.
The company also welcomes speculative applications for full time positions from candidates who feel their personality, attitude and relevant skills could contribute to the Group.
Andrew Adey, Managing Director of the Adey Steel Group said: “Being a family owned company gives us a unique perspective on the importance of nurturing fresh talent. Our rolling recruitment process and apprenticeship scheme is indicative of this. By working closely with SEMTA and prioritising the pastoral care of our apprentices, we can ensure they will smoothly bridge the gap between school and full time work.
“With recent headlines reporting mass job losses within the steel industry, it is important for us to be able to recruit as many as possible and offer young people the chance to enter the industry in a reliable environment.”
The Adey Steel Group, which recently celebrated its 90th anniversary, operates across the construction and engineering sectors across its four business areas; Adey Steel, Adey SteelShop, Adey Technical and Adey Transport. The company has worked on both large and small scale projects such as Battersea Power Station, Selfridges London and the University of Nottingham.
Adey Steel Group began in 1925 as the local ironmongers in Loughborough town centre by Harry Adey and his wife. The business has been kept in the family, seeing all four generations of the Adey sons managing the family business.
A recent rebrand saw the company merge its four businesses under one overarching brand, the Adey Steel Group. The rebrand also saw a new company website as well as new marketing materials.
For more information on the Adey Steel Group, please visit: www.adeysteelgroup.co.uk
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.