May 16, 2020

US-manufactured commodities sales drop at the highest rate in six months

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Sophie Chapman
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US manufacturing orders drop
January noted the biggest decline in six months for orders for products produced in the US.

US-manufactured commodity sales dropped by 1.4% in the firs...

January noted the biggest decline in six months for orders for products produced in the US.

US-manufactured commodity sales dropped by 1.4% in the first month of the year, after five consecutive months of growth.

In the final month of last year, factory order grew by 1.8%. This was followed by the biggest decrease since July 2017.

However, this drop had been anticipated with economists forecasting a similar decline, Reuters reported.

The orders made for non-defense capital goods – excluding aircrafts – fell an additional 0.1% to what was expected, at 0.3%.

The goods, which are considered core capital goods, also fell in December, plummeting by 0.5%.

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The two months recorded the first back-to-back decrease since May 2016

Core capital goods shipments were also noted to have dropped by 0.1% in January, despite predictions that the sector would grow by the same amount in the month.

The unanticipated decline followed the success of December, as the sector rose by 0.7%.

Transportation equipment orders reduced by a staggering 10% in the first month of 2018, linked to a 28.4% drop in civilian aircraft orders.

The review period also saw a 0.4% fall in machinery orders – reaching the fastest decline since October 2016.

Mining, oil field, and gas field machinery order were reported as dropping by as much as 8.9% in January.

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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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