Who is Alan Mucklow, Mazak’s new Director for UK and Ireland Sales?
Global leader in the manufacture of advanced technology solutions, Yamazaki Mazak, has appointed Alan Mucklow as the Head of UK and Ireland Sales Division, responsible for all sales, applications, project engineering and service.
Mucklow has worked for Mazak, as it is known outside of Japan, since 2010, promoted to Group Product Manager Europe in 2012, at which point he spearheaded the development of the European Product Group. He introduced a number of machine innovations including Mazak’s hybrid full 5-axis additive and subtractive machine tool, the INTEGREX i-400AM, and SMOOTH technology, the world’s fastest CNC.
Mucklow studied mechanical engineering at North East Worcestershire College for four years before achieving both a BA and an MBA in Business at the University of Birmingham. He has two decades of engineering experience behind him, and will now be responsible for overseeing the UK sales and service support strategy, as well as maintaining a strong presence across key market sectors in the region. He succeeds Richard Smith.
European Group Managing Director, Marcus Burton said of Mucklow’s appointment: “Alan has been instrumental to the development of Mazak’s position in the European market. His leadership of the Product Group has ensured that our R&D and new product development in both Japan and the UK has been in line with the needs of our customers in Europe.”
He continued: “This new role will enable Alan to take on an even more customer-focused role with direct sales responsibilities. His experience and knowledge of Mazak’s machine range and different applications will enable him to provide invaluable support to our UK customer base.”
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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.