May 16, 2020

WuXi Biologics to open its first manufacturing facility outside of China in Dundulk

Biomanufacturing
WuXi Biologi
China
Ireland
Sophie Chapman
2 min
WuXi Biologics to open the world's largest facility using single-use bioreactors in Ireland
The Chinese biopharmaceutical manufacturer, WuXi Biologics, has announced that it will be constructing a biologics drug substance manufacturing facility...

The Chinese biopharmaceutical manufacturer, WuXi Biologics, has announced that it will be constructing a biologics drug substance manufacturing facility in Dundalk, Ireland.

The firm’s first site outside of its domestic country is anticipated to create more than 700 jobs.

The Irish Government will support the facility through its Industrial Development Authority.

The site, which will be compatible with continuous bioprocessing technology, will also include multiple single-use bioreactors for commercial biomanufacturing.

The facility will be the largest in the world using single-use bioreactors, and will feature a capacity of 48,000-litre fed batch and 6,000-litre perfusion bioreactor.

“We are all excited to initiate our first global site to enable local companies and expedite biologics development in Europe,” commented Dr Chris Chen, CEO of WuXi Biologics.

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“In addition, this is the start and a critical part of our global biomanufacturing network to ensure that biologics are manufactured at the highest quality and with a robust supply chain to benefit patients worldwide.

“We are committed to Ireland and will work with all local partners to build this state-of-art next generation biomanufacturing facility as a showcase to the global biotech community.”

“This huge €325m (£285m) investment is a great vote of confidence in Ireland and reinforces our image as a global centre of excellence in Biologics,” noted Heather Humphreys, Ireland’s Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation.

“This investment will result in the creation of over 400 highly skilled jobs over five years as well as approximately 700 construction jobs.”

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

SustainableManufacturing
BatteryCell
EVs
Automotive
2 min
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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