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    Talking Heads: Key themes for 2023
    The current year has again been dominated by the chip crisis. Overlaid on this has been the worsening macroeconomic position due to the fallout from the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which has had knock-on effects for the industry in terms of demand surety. In turn this has brought an end to the era of cheap capital, which has served to slow the burgeoning mobility startup ecosystem. In the broader sense the sector looks set to be heading to a phase where demand-side considerations replace the curren...
    Update on the semiconductor shortage and outlook for 2023 and beyond
    From the first rumblings out of China in December 2020 the semiconductor has gone on to dominate discussions around the automotive sector. The issues are still ongoing – just last week Jaguar Land Rover announced it was slowing production of certain models due to a continuing supply squeeze – and a few voices in the industry are being heard speculating that the crunch will last until 2026. To get a perspective on the current situation and future developments we talked with Jeremie Bouchaud, ...
    Constellium partners with OEMs and suppliers for new circular aluminum project
    French aluminum company Constellium announced via a press release on 2 December that it was leading a consortium of automakers and suppliers as part of a project to develop lower carbon, lower cost aluminum extrusion alloys. According to the press release, the GBP10 million CirConAl (Circular and Constant Aluminium) project, sponsored by a grant from the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), aims to maximize application of post-consumer scrap in the production of next-generation ...
    TotalEnergies plans to build new production line for recycled polymers for automotive in France
    TotalEnergies has announced the construction of a new production line of high-performance recycled polypropylene for automotive in its polymer plant in Carling, France, according to a press release on 25 November 2022. The Carling – Saint-Avold petrochemical platform has been manufacturing compounds with added value for the automotive industry since 2016. The launch of a new line dedicated to hybrid compounds will strengthen the platform's position as Europe's premier polymers site. ...
    BMW Group to construct a high-voltage battery facility at its Debrecen plant in Hungary
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group plans to build a high-voltage battery assembly facility in Debrecen, Hungary, BMW announced on 25 November 2022. The planned battery assembly unit will be located on the site of the Debrecen vehicle plant, which started construction about six months ago, the company said, adding that the new facility is expected to will create more than 500 additional jobs and invest over EUR2 billion (USD2.07 billion) in the construction and launch of the entire plant by the ...
    LG Chem, Korea Zinc partner on supply of battery materials in North America
    LG Chem has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Korea Zinc Inc., a major South Korean smelter of nonferrous metals, on securing a stable supply of battery materials in North America, according to a news report published by Yonhap News Agency on 23 November 2022. The report stated that the two companies have forged a comprehensive business partnership that will also include joint exploration of metals that can be used in the manufacturing of cathode materials. The partnership entai...
    Audi debuts new recycled seatbelt buckle covers
    Audi has launched plastic covers for seatbelt buckles in its Q8 e-tron models; the casings are partially manufactured from mixed automobile plastic waste using a chemical recycling process, according to a press release by Audi on 23 November 2022. It is the first time the company has installed safety components manufactured in such manner, and in collaboration with the PlasticLoop project, LyondellBasell and the company have established an innovative procedure based on the results of a pilot ...
    InoBat signs agreement with the Government of Serbia for constructing a new Gigafactory
    EV battery technology company InoBat Auto has signed protocols and declarations of intent with the Government of the Republic of Serbia for the construction of a new gigafactory in Serbia, InoBat said on 14 November 2022. InoBat said that the company completed a detailed review of several European countries and has selected the Republic of Serbia, alongside other locations with suitable criteria for setting up a gigafactory and the associated value chains for the manufacturing and recycling o...
    EV battery maker Panasonic to source high-nickel cathode from Redwood Materials
    Battery recycling company Redwood Materials announced on 15 November 2022 that it will supply battery cathode materials to Panasonic, which will use the same for battery cell production at its new Kansas plant in the US. Panasonic’s new Kansas battery production plant is expected to commence operations in 2025. Redwood Materials claims that this would be the first time that cathode will be produced in North America at Gigafactory scale and used in US battery cell manufacturing, a critical m...
    Novelis to set up new 100,000-ton aluminum recycling site in South Korea
    American aluminum company Novelis announced via press release on 6 November that it had broken ground on a new USD50 million Ulsan aluminum recycling center in South Korea. According to the press release, the new site will have an annual casting capacity of 100,000 tons of low-carbon sheet ingot and will reduce the company’s carbon emissions by more than 420,000 tons each year. Sachin Satpute, president of Novelis Asia, discussed the investment strategy, stating, "As the world leader in ...
    Bosch, IBM team up to deploy quantum computing for joint R&D on battery materials, fuel cells
    Automotive component major Bosch and IBM have announced on 9 November 2022 that the two companies are partnering on a strategic quantum computing engagement focused on battery materials, fuel cells, electric vehicle propulsion systems, advanced sensor materials, among other areas. According to the official media announcement by IBM, Bosch will also join the IBM Quantum Network as part of this engagement, wherein experts from both the companies will work jointly to investigate and further deve...
    Constellium to supply aluminum body sheets for new Maserati Grecale
    French manufacturer of aluminum rolled products Constellium announced via press release on 10 November that it will be supplying aluminum automotive body sheets for the new Maserati Grecale sport utility vehicle (SUV) from its Neuf-Brisach, France plant. According to the press release, the products being supplied by Constellium will include: Surfalex® high surface quality sheets  with specific hemming and roping properties for the outer surface of the hood and liftgate High perf...
    Cisco plans to launch new design center for semiconductor devices in Spain
    Cisco has announced its plan to launch a center for the design of next generation semiconductor devices in Spain, according to a press release on 10 November 2022. The European Union unveiled a plan to strengthen Europe's competitiveness in semiconductor technology and applications to facilitate the digital and green transitions in 2021. As part of this aim, the EU Chips Act provides the groundwork for a new innovation ecosystem in the European Union by connecting research, des...
    Audi to set up exclusive charging stations in China
    Accelerating its electric vehicle (EV) offensive in China, Audi plans to set up Audi Charging Stations for its customers in the world’s largest electric car market, the German luxury carmaker’s Chinese arm announced on 5 November 2022. The planned Audi-branded EV charging stations are slated to go live before the end of the year. It said that the rollout of Audi Charging Stations in China is part of its larger ‘Vorsprung 2030 China Strategy.’ The carmaker said that the first...
    US EV maker Canoo to acquire a vehicle manufacturing plant in Oklahoma City, US
    US-based manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs) Canoo has signed an agreement to acquire a vehicle manufacturing facility in Oklahoma City, the company announced on 9 November 2022. Canoo said that the newly acquired production unit, which is strategically located with easy access to road and rail, is slated to produce LDV and LV vehicles for delivery to customers in 2023. The facility will also accommodate a dedicated training center, and the site is expected to employ more than 500 people....
    Upstream joins Japan Automotive ISAC as supporting member
    Upstream has announced that it was accepted as a support member in General Incorporated Association Japan Automotive ISAC (J-Auto-ISAC), in a press release dated 8 November. “Upstream has been working closely with Japanese OEMs, tier-1s, and strategic partners to deliver a robust detection and response platform, purpose built for the automotive industry. This is a great opportunity for us to liaison with J-Auto-ISAC and the Japanese community and share from our experience. We look forward t...
    Baowu Masteel equips Changjiang mill with EAF for green steel production
    Italian industrial equipment supplier Danieli announced via press release on 8 November that Chinese steel manufacturer Baowu Masteel had equip its Changjiang, China steel mill with a new electric arc furnace (EAF) as part of its industrial decarbonization initiative. According to the press release, the new 140-ton ultra-high-power (UHP) EAF equipped features An Endless Charging System for continuous scrap-charging and preheating A dedicated pouring system to charge 85% of hot metal ...
    Steel Dynamics selects Mississippi site for planned 650,000-ton aluminum mill
    US steel producer Steel Dynamics (SDI) announced via press release on 2 November that it had selected Columbus, Mississippi as the location for its previously announced greenfield state-of-the-art, recycled aluminum flat rolled mill. According to the press release, the location was selected due to its proximity to the company’s existing steel mill in the area, major US highway systems, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, natural gas, water, and renewable power sources, recycled material ...
    Alpha and Omega Semiconductor introduces new 750V SiC MOSFET for EV applications
    Alpha and Omega Semiconductor (AOS) has launched a new 750V silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET platform for automotive applications, according to a press release on 10 November 2022. The AEC-Q101 qualified 750V SiC MOSFET line is targeted for the high-reliability needs in electric vehicle (EV) systems such as the on-board charger (OBC) and the main traction inverter. The new AOM015V75X2Q 750V SiC MOSFET expands on the existing second-generation 1,200V SiC MOSFET and diode products with low RDS...
    Everledger launches Battery Passport Pilot with Ford
    Independent technology company focused on digital transparency Everledger announced on 25 October that it has launched the world-first battery passport pilot with Ford Motor Company with an aim of promoting responsible recycling of electric vehicle (EV) batteries. According to a media release issued by Everledger, the pilot project leverages its technology platform to track electric vehicle (EV) batteries throughout their lifecycle to ensure responsible management during use and recycling at ...
    Foxconn-initiated MIH Consortium unveils Project X
    The Foxconn-initiated MIH Consortium announced Project X, an open and agnostic electric vehicle (EV) Platform, on 8 November 2022. The project is part of MIH’s larger aim of making it easier for partners and potential customers to understand the open and agnostic nature of the work done by the consortium members. According to the official note, MIH released the Project X timeline and exterior design for the first time. The project, an A-segment three-seater demo car, is expected to be ...
    Covestro partners with HiPhi to develop next-generation mobility solutions
    Covestro has announced a partnership with mainland Chinese premium electric vehicle brand HiPhi, under which the companies will jointly develop solutions for future models, it said in a press release on 6 November. HiPhi will use Covestro products including carbon dioxide (CO2)-reduced polycarbonates, bio-based clearcoat hardeners, and mass-balanced, bio-attributed adhesive solutions. “We’re delighted to join HiPhi, a partner bringing forth more innovations. Together we will create more s...
    Foxconn to acquire additional equity in Lordstown Motors for USD170 million
    Taiwan’s Hon Hai Technology Group, popularly known as Foxconn, has reached an agreement with Lordstown Motors Corporation (LMC) wherein it will make additional equity investments in the latter to the tune of USD170 million, according to a press note issued by Lordstown Motors on 7 November 2022. Foxconn will invest in the form of USD70 million of LMC’s Class A common stock and up to USD100 million of a newly created Series A convertible preferred stock, it said, adding that upon Comple...
    Wastefront receives EUR2 million grant for recycled tire oil purification project
    Norwegian waste tire recycling company Wastefront announced via press release on 1 November that it had, in collaboration with Swedish chemical engineering company Hulteberg, received a EUR2 million (USD2 million) grant from Eureka Eurostars, the Norwegian Research Council, and the Swedish Innovation Agency to commercialize its recycled tire oil purification project HYFUEL. According to the press release, the HYFUEL project is aimed at developing a catalyst approach that will pre-treat the py...
    Qualcomm, Renault partner to codevelop electronic architecture for software-defined vehicles
    Renault Group and Qualcomm Technologies has announced a collaboration to deliver a centralized compute architecture for Renault’s next-generation of software defined vehicles, according to a press release by Qualcomm on 8 November 2022. Software-Defined Vehicle (SDV) platforms, the high-performance automotive platforms would be based on Snapdragon Digital Chassis solutions from Qualcomm Technologies, and support digital cockpit, connectivity, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADA...
    Goodyear partners with Drive TLV to guide mobility startups in Israel
    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is partnering with Drive TLV to expand its footprint into the Israeli mobility ecosystem, an official press release dated 8 November read. Drive will help drive partnerships between Goodyear and their network of start-ups and potential investment opportunities in Drive’s startup network. “Israel is a hot spot for innovation, with many cutting-edge technology companies working to advance the future of mobility. Goodyear has already invested and collaborat...
    TE Connectivity posts 9% y/y growth in FY 2022 net sales to USD16.3 billion
    TE Connectivity has reported a 9.1% year-on-year (y/y) growth in net sales for the fiscal year 2022, according to a company press release on 2 November. Net sales came in at USD16.28 billion versus USD14.92 billion a year earlier. Net income was USD2.43 billion compared to USD2.26 billion a year earlier. Research and development (R&D) costs rose to USD718 million for the year, up from USD677 million last year. “For the full year, we delivered double-digit organic growth, including ...
    Bolder partners with Antea, Cyclops, and OSQB to set up Belgian tire recycling site
    US sustainable rubber and plastic solutions provider Bolder Industries announced via press release on 3 November that it had formed partnerships with sustainability consulting firm Antea Group, project management company Cyclops, and architecture firm OSQB to set up its upcoming tire recycling plant in Antwerp, Belgium. According to the press release, the new plant will be based on Bolder’s existing US sites in Missouri and Terre Haute, Indiana and will produced BolderBlack® and BolderOil...
    Steel Dynamics to implement biocarbon-based green steel project at Mississippi site
    American steel company Steel Dynamics announced via press release on 2 November that it had selected Columbus, Mississippi as the location for its SDI Biocarbon Solutions project that will produce carbon bioproducts using sustainably sourced biomass. According to the press release, the biocarbon will be used to replace anthracite at the company’s nearby electric arc furnace mill in the area to reduce the Scope 1 greenhouse gas emission intensity of the steel produced by 20–25%. The com...
    Huawei Cloud partners with Geely-owned Caocao Mobility for smart mobility
    Huawei Cloud has formed a strategic alliance with Caocao Mobility, AAStocks reported on 4 November. Caocao Mobility is an online ride-hailing platform owned by Geely Holding Group. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will cooperate across multiple areas, including user growth, map and mobility, intelligent vehicle cabin, Internet of Vehicles, and autonomous driving. Significance: The two companies will also explore hardware solutions, new-generation vehicle-to-everything (V2X) sol...
    New EV tax credits in the US may deter further investments, warns Japanese government
    The newly introduced electric vehicle (EV) tax credits in the US could deter further investment by the Japanese companies, Japan's government warned in a response submitted to the US Treasury Department, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on 5 November 2022. The report stated that the Japanese government has raised several concerns about the pre-conditions set to qualify for the tax credits in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022. It is known that the US IRA 2022 is desi...
    Navya signs MoU with Red Sea Global for autonomous mobility solutions
    Navya announced in a press release on 3 November 2022, the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Red Sea Global, the developer of regenerative tourism and construction projects. THE RED SEA is one such destination, being developed on the north-western coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. THE RED SEA aims to be a real example of sustainable tourism. With an archipelago of more than 90 untouched islands, pristine beaches, dormant volcanoes, sweeping sand dunes, mountain canyons, a...
    VinES, battery recycling company Li-Cycle forge global recycling partnership
    VinES Energy Solutions, a Vingroup company that specializes in the research, development and manufacturing of advanced batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), has forged a global battery recycling partnership with Canada-based Li-Cycle Holdings Corporation, the two companies said in a joint announcement on 3 November 2022. Under the new partnership, the two companies are exploring global recycling solutions for VinES and VinFast, a Vietnam based EV maker that is rapidly expanding its global fo...
    Vale to set up green steel feedstock plants in Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Oman
    Brazilian mining company Vale announced via press release on 1 November that it had signed agreements with local authorities and clients in in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Sultanate of Oman to study the development of hot briquetted iron (HBI) production sites in the three regions. According to the press release, the three agreements involve the future development of HBI facilities at the Ras Al Khair Industrial City in Saudi Arabia, at the Khalifa Economic Z...
    5GAA demonstrates C-V2X applications in Málaga, Spain
    5GAA has announced that 16 5GAA members participated in a C-V2X event in Malaga, Spain on 20 October. In a press release dated 2 November, 5GAA said the companies showcased ready-to-deploy C-V2X technology, for vulnerable road user protection. “C-V2X continues to drive the automotive transformation—and is now the new reality. Our key asset, the C-V2X technology, became an important part of the worldwide V2X ecosystem. The live demonstrations we have seen here, in Malaga, show us repeatedl...
    EV charging startup Mobility House raises USD50 million in Series C round
    The Mobility House has raised USD50 million in its Series C funding round, it said in a press release on 3 November. The round was led by Mercuria and co-led by Ventura Capital and Green Gateway Fund. Other investors included Mercedes-Benz, Alliance Venture, Mitsui, and SP Group. The funds will be used to expand the company’s market position in the field of electric vehicle (EV) smart charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) integration across Europe, North America, and Asia. “We are delighted ...
    Foxconn partners Saudi Wealth Fund to build EVs in Saudi Arabia
    Taiwan’s technology company Hon Hai Precision Industry, more popularly known as Foxconn, has partnered with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund to build electric vehicles in the middle east country, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on 4 November 2022. The development is seen as part of Saudi Arabia’s larger strategy to create new industries while reducing its economic dependence on oil. According to the announcement by the Saudi Public Investment Fund on Thursday, the ...
    Absolics breaks ground on new semiconductor material manufacturing site in Georgia, US
    Absolics, a subsidiary of SKC, broke ground on a planned USD600 million investment in Covington, Georgia, for a new manufacturing facility that will supply advanced materials to the US semiconductor industry, according to a press release on 3 November 2022.  A glass substrate, which is a thin layer of glass on which memory and processing chips can be stacked together to form the brains of a computing system, will be produced at Absolics' Georgia facility. More chips can be packed in...
    Volkswagen sells WeShare to Berlin-based car sharing company MILES Mobility
    The Volkswagen Group has entered into a partnership with car sharing company MILES Mobility to sell UMI Urban Mobility International GmbH and WeShare car sharing business, according to Volkswagen’s press release on 1 November 2022. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. Also in the context of the new partnership, MILES has ordered more than 10,000 all-electric vehicles from the Audi, Seat/Cupra and Volkswagen Passenger Cars brands, which are scheduled for delivery from...
    Covestro to showcase advanced in-vehicle material solutions at Automotive Interiors Expo 2022
    Covestro has announced that it will showcase smart and sustainable material solutions for vehicle interiors at the Automotive Interiors Expo in Stuttgart, Germany, it said in a press release on 3 November. Significance: Covestro will showcase Makrolon Ai polycarbonate edge-lit composite color material that may range from transparent to translucent, allowing for a variety of possibilities for ambient and dynamic automotive interior lighting. The combination of this material with the lightweigh...
    FORVIA launches MATERI’ACT brand to develop, manufacture sustainable materials
    Faurecia, a FORVIA company has launched a new brand MATERI’ACT dedicated to developing and manufacture state-of-the-art sustainable materials, it said in a press release on 3 November. Rémi Daudin, VP, Sustainable Material Division, Faurecia, said, “Rethinking the way we design, manufacture, and use our products is a necessary step in the fight against climate change. Sustainable transformation of businesses is not just about reducing the negative impacts on the environment but also abou...
    INEOS and Plastic Energy sign MoU to produce raw materials from plastic waste
    INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe and Plastic Energy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct a commercial-scale plant based on the chemical recycling technology developed by Plastic Energy to produce 100,000 tons per annum of recycled raw materials from plastic waste, INEOS said in a press release on 31 October. Rob Ingram, CEO, INEOS O&P Europe North, said, “Advanced recycling is an essential part of the solution for turning plastic waste into materials that can ...
    Talking Heads: CASE on the road to nowhere?
    The CASE megatrends – connected, autonomous, shared and electric – in case you’ve not been paying attention, have been the hot topics of the automotive industry in the past decade. They’ve even given rise to talk of the industry in the whole as the mobility industry rather than the more prosaic automotive industry. But is the CASE narrative running into trouble? Hot on the heels of the news that Ford and VW were exiting their Argo AI autonomous driving technology venture came news out...
    TomTom develops new maps platform
    TomTom has announced a new Maps Platform which is expected to improve its portfolio of maps products, according to a company press release on 2 November. The new maps offer broader geographical coverage, an extended set of supported data types, and faster update cycles. “The new Maps Platform combines TomTom’s own data with new ‘super’ sources such as sensor-derived observations and open-source data. We are also opening our technology to others to map their own data against a consiste...
    EV maker Canoo to set up battery module manufacturing plant in Oklahoma, US
    US-based electric vehicle (EV) maker Canoo plans to set up a battery module manufacturing facility at MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor, Oklahoma, US, the company announced on 2 November 2022. While the upcoming plant will expand Canoo’s manufacturing footprint and workforce in the region, the company said that the facility will be capable of producing approximately 3,200 MWh of battery module manufacturing capacity. The company, however, did not disclose the amount it plans to invest in ...
    UK battery company Britishvolt secures cash to avert collapse
    UK-based battery technology company Britishvolt has managed to secure enough funds to stay afloat in the short to medium term, according to a news report published by the BBC on 1 November 2022. The news cited unnamed sources who are aware of the matter at Britishvolt. The news report also did not provide details of the new sources from where the company has secured emergency funds. Earlier on 31 October 2022, the Financial Times reported that Britishvolt was on the brink of bankruptcy aft...
    India signs deal with Belgium-based IMEC for chip-making equipment
    Belgium-based semiconductor research organization Interuniversity MicroElectronics Centre (IMEC) has agreed to provide technical support to create a semiconductor ecosystem in India, according to reports published by Business Standard on 31 October 2022. The government has signed an agreement with IMEC, which will provide the technology to manufacture chips of 28 nm and above, for which the user has to pay a royalty. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) official s...
    Sentury to set up new EUR477 million wind energy-powered tire plant in Spain
    Invest in Spain announced via press release on 25 October that Chinese tire manufacturing company Qingdao Sentury Tire Co. will be setting up an EUR477 million (USD472.7 million) tire manufacturing facility in Galicia, northwest Spain. The new tire manufacturing site will reportedly be set up at the location of an existing thermal power plant operated by Endesa that is set to be dismantled in line with the region’s energy transition strategy. Endesa will reportedly also partner with Italian...
    Panasonic to begin construction of its second US battery plant in November 2022
    Japanese battery maker Panasonic Energy Co., Ltd., plans to commence the construction work of its second battery plant in the US in November 2022, the company announced on 31 October 2022. While Panasonic’s second battery plant is being built in De Soto, Kansas, US, the company’s first battery manufacturing facility is situated in Sparks, Nevada. The plant operates under an official name of Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA). Panasonic said in a statement Monday that its new plan...
    ArcelorMittal partners with Mitsubishi and BHP to test carbon capture tech at Ghent mill
    Multinational steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal announced via press release on 27 October that it was partnering with Australian mining and metals company BHP and engineering company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering (MHIENG) to trial a carbon capture technology at its Ghent steel mill in Belgium. According to the press release, the three companies plan to sign a joint funding agreement and eventually conduct a feasibility and design study that will help support progress of MHIENG’s pr...
    GAC opens new ‘R&D Center Europe’ in Milan, Italy
    GAC Group has announced the opening of GAC Research and Development Center Europe (R&D Center Europe) in Milan, Italy, according to a press release on 31 October 2022. As part of GAC's ongoing mission to go global, the launch of R&D Center Europe marks another milestone in the company's expansion strategy, the company said. The hub pools together the industry resources including leading suppliers and R&D institutions, forming an ecosystem of global excellence to strengthen overall...
    Jaguar Land Rover partners with Wolfspeed for SiC semiconductor technology supply for EVs
    Jaguar Land Rover and Wolfspeed have announced a strategic partnership to supply Silicon Carbide (SiC) semiconductors for next-generation electric vehicles (EVs), delivering increased powertrain efficiency and extended driving range, according to a press release on 31 October 2022. Jaguar Land Rover is evolving into an electric-first company as part of its Reimagine plan, with the goal of becoming carbon-neutral across its supply chain, products, services, and operations by 2039. Wolfspeed...
    Finnish Minerals Group assess setting up anode material production plant in Vaasa, Finland
    Finnish companies Epsilon Advanced Materials, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Epsilon Carbon Private Limited, and Finnish Minerals Group have agreed to set up a framework for assessing the possibilities of establishing an anode material production plant in Vaasa, Finland, according to a media note released by the Finnish Minerals Group on 28 October 2022. Epsilon Advanced Materials and Finnish Minerals Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to further this cooperation, it...
    Blink Charging, Hubject to collaborate to grow Plug&Charge ecosystem across Europe, US
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging network operator Blink Charging and charging technology and service provider Hubject have announced a collaborative agreement wherein the latter plans to provide Blink customers in the United States and Europe with its Plug&Charge functionality to grow the Plug&Charge ecosystem, Hubject said in a media note on 27 October 2022. Interestingly, the Plug&Charge feature is based on the ISO15118 protocol, which allows a fully automated charging process, an...
    Chinese EV maker Aiways plans to launch recycling program for end-of-life EVs, batteries
    Shanghai-based electric vehicle (EV) maker Aiways plans to launch recycling program for its end-of-life EVs, batteries and other components, the company said on 27 October 2022. To do so, Aiways is getting into partnerships to create a suitable electric vehicle recycling ecosystem. For example, in order to adhere to the strict regulations in Europe, Aiways has entered into a cooperation agreement with vehicle recycling company Priorec for the German market. Elaborating on the partnership with...
    Shell, Zeon to produce sustainable butadiene for tire rubber manufacturing
    Japanese chemical company Zeon Corporation announced via press release on 25 October that it had signed an MoU with oil and gas company Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd. to manufacture and supply biomass-derived butadiene for application in Zeon’s solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) manufacturing activities. According to the press release, Zeon’s S-SBR rubber will be primarily used for the manufacturing of fuel-efficient tires for passenger vehicles. Significance: Sw...
    Highlights from the 2022 Paris Motor Show
    The biennial Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile in French) alternates with the Frankfurt Motor Show. The 2022 edition, which took place from 17–23 October 2022 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, returned in four years after the last one planned in March 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic. The 2022 edition of the show also indicated that automotive shows are becoming a diminishing affair. The list of no-shows included Stellantis’s Fiat, Maserati and Alfa-Romeo brands; VW and ...
    Key takeaways from Qualcomm analyst day
    Qualcomm conducted its first automotive investor day on 22 September 2022. In the past, the automotive industry was considered a minor part of the multiple sectors Qualcomm covers. As a result of ongoing trends in the automotive industry, such as connected mobility and autonomous driving, Qualcomm's technologies are in high demand, and their adoption is accelerating. The automotive sector generates predictable long-term earnings growth and diversification for Qualcomm and is growing into an impo...
    DXC-Luxoft opens new headquarters and Center of Excellence in Italy for automotive software development
    Luxoft has opened a new headquarter and Automotive Center of Excellence in Turin, it said in a press release on 27 October. The company invested USD5 million for the establishment. Luxoft also announced plans to hire 400 software engineers over the next two years. “The move to software-defined vehicles is a revolutionary and unstoppable force in today's automotive industry. In this new business model, automakers are able to engage customers directly with digital services, while reducing th...
    Gotion High-Tech to invest USD1.6 billion in two new battery plants in China
    China-based battery maker Gotion High-Tech plans to invest a total of CNY11.5 billion (USD1.6 billion) in setting up two new battery plants in an attempt to expand its manufacturing capacity in China, according to a news report published by CNEVPOST on 26 October 2022. The planned investment includes a CNY6.7 billion (USD928 million) project in Xinzhan High-Tech Industrial Development Zone in Hefei, Anhui province, and another CNY4.8 billion (USD665 million) project that is slated t...
    Geothermal brines: The key to low-emission localized lithium supply chains?
    The progressive rise in vehicle electrification has driven a massive increase in demand for lithium products applicable in electric vehicle (EV) batteries. While capacity expansions of the base chemical have largely stayed ahead of demand, geographical concentration of the chemical’s upstream extraction and midstream processing sectors in Latin America and mainland China respectively combined with logistical freight issues caused by the pandemic have driven an exponential hike in spot prices (...
    Battery recycler Ascend Elements raises USD200 million in Series C funding
    Battery recycling company Ascend Elements announced via press release on 26 October that it had raised USD200 million in Series C equity investments from a range of international financial investors. According to the press release, the investment round was led by Los Angeles-based private fund Fifth Wall Climate and Korean construction engineering company SK ecoplant. New investors in the round reportedly included Oman Investment Authority, Lithium Americas Corporation, GLy Capital Management...
    Salzgitter and Ford to cooperate on issues related to green steel production
    German steel company Salzgitter announced via press release on 25 October that it had signed an MoU with Detroit automaker Ford to support a cooperation on issues of sustainable green steel production and green steel products. Sales Director at Salzgitter Flachstahl Phillip Meiser discussed the strategic importance of the partnership, stating, “This collaboration also shows that customers have confidence in SALCOS® as a route to green steelmaking, and perceive value added in the transforma...
    JERA and Toyota construct large-capacity sweep energy storage system
    JERA has partnered with Toyota Motor Corporation to construct a large-capacity Sweep Energy Storage System, it said in a press release on 27 October. The system was built using batteries reclaimed from electrified vehicles and is connected to the consumer electrical power grid. Toyota's new storage system has a function called sweep, which allows the use of reclaimed vehicle batteries, which have significant differences in performance and capacity, to their full capacity regardless of their l...
    Lear to supply sustainable ReNewKnit sueded material to a global automaker starting 2024
    Lear has announced that the company will supply its premium and fully recyclable ReNewKnit sueded material for use in seating and door panel applications to a global automaker in 2024, it said in a press release on 26 October. Frank Orsini, Executive Vice President and President of Lear's Seating business, said, “At Lear, we are positioning our surface material offerings to what we believe is the future—a global circular economy where repurposed textiles can be infinitely recycled to beco...
    DENSO expands manufacturing facility in Guanajuato, Mexico
    Japanese supplier DENSO has inaugurated third expansion at its manufacturing plant in Guanajuato Puerto Interior, Mexico, Mexico Now reported on 26 October. Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo, The Governor of Guanajuato, said, “Today we can say with pride and satisfaction that Guanajuato is an industrial power, thanks to the cooperative alliances we have built over the years with world-class companies such as DENSO.” Significance: Denso will invest USD9.8 million as part of the expansion ...
    Enviro receives construction permit for planned 60,000 TPY tire recycling facility
    Scandinavian tire recycling company Enviro announced via press release on 20 October that its planned 60,000-ton-per-year tire cycling facility in Uddevalla, Sweden had received an environmental permit necessary for construction. According to the press release, the final decision on setting up the new plant will depend on factors including secured access to end-of-life tires as well secured offtake agreements for the sale of the produced recovered materials. Significance: With global tire ...
    Tata Steel Nederland signs green steel supply agreement with Ford
    Dutch steelmaker Tata Steel Nederland announced via press release on 25 October that it had signed an MoU with automaker Ford for the supply of its Zeremis low-carbon footprint steel. According to the press release, the Zeremis steel will be supplied from Tata Steel’s Ijmuiden mill that is currently being transitioned to manufacture hydrogen-based low emission material. The carbon intensity of the steel produced at the site will be verified by independent assurance expert DNV. Ford Purch...
    aiMotive, Foretellix partner to advance ADAS, autonomous vehicle deployment
    Foretellix and aiMotive have announced a partnership to enable verification and validation solutions of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles perceptions and planning functions for vehicles, according to a press release by aiMotive on 26 October 2022. The joint solution combines Foretellix's Foretify and aiMotive's aiSim platforms to empower engineers with an end-to-end virtual solution. Central to the joint solution is the native support of the recently approved ASAM ...
    Zvision Technologies cooperates with NVIDIA on autonomous driving technologies
    Zvision Technologies, an automotive-grade MEMS lidar provider has announced a cooperates with NVIDIA, it has joined the NVIDIA Jetson ecosystem as a lidar sensor partner in the NVIDIA Jetson platform, according to Zvision’s WeChat account press release on 16 October 2022. The NVIDIA Jetson hardware platform enables Zvision Technologies's lidar products to significantly reduce prototype testing times and research and development (R&D) cycles, increase productivity, and meet the rapi...
    Thyssenkrupp partners with Anglo American for green steelmaking R&D
    British mining company Anglo American announced via press release on 20 October that it had signed an MoU with German steelmaking company Thyssenkrupp to collaborate towards the development of new pathways for decarbonization of steelmaking. According to the press release, the collaboration between the two companies will focus on developing high-quality iron ore feedstocks suitable for application in low-emission blast furnace and direct reduction iron (DRI)-based steelmaking processes. Th...
    Thyssenkrupp signs green steel supply agreement with Waelzholz
    German steel manufacturer Thyssenkrupp announced via press release on 20 October that it had entered into an agreement with German cold rolled steel parts manufacturer Waelzholz for the supply of high-precision hot strips made from its carbon dioxide (CO2)-reduced bluemint® steel. According to the press release, the steel will be supplied to Waelzholz as picked and unpickled precision strips up to a width of 720 mm. Supply volumes are expected to start from 2023 and will increase incremental...
    Hyundai unveils seventh-generation Grandeur sedan featuring sustainable interior materials
    Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled all-new Grandeur sedan, badged as Azera in markets outside Korea equipped with environment friendly in-vehicle materials, the automaker said in a press release on 19 October. SangYup Lee, EVP and Head of Hyundai Design Center, said, “The seventh-generation Grandeur expresses our respect for the past and commitment to move on to the future. We are creating a new standard for the premium sedan market through emotive design and a refined customer experience....
    Autonomous vehicles to disrupt the taxi and fleet transportation industry
    The race for driverless vehicles and robo-taxis continues with several companies now offering autonomous taxi services in the US and China. Among them are Waymo (Alphabet), General Motors (GM) Cruise, Baidu, and a few smaller private startups. Similar to Baidu's driverless shuttles and GM’s Cruise Origin, the next technological advancement will likely be an all-electric, autonomous vehicle. However, there are several obstacles keeping autonomous cars from becoming a reality, including ...
    Elektrobit announces embedded OS, hypervisor for Infineon AURIX TC4x microcontrollers
    Elektrobit has introduced an automotive-grade, embedded, real-time operating system (OS), and hypervisor for the new AURIX TC4x microcontroller (MCU) from Infineon Technologies, according to a press release by Elektrobit on 24 October 2022. The EB tresos AutoCore OS and new EB tresos Embedded Hypervisor enable OEMs and tier-1s to more easily develop and deploy automotive E/E architectures based on the AUTOSAR Classic standard, helping accelerate the development of next-generation vehicles. ...
    NI introduces new ADAS, autonomous driving system technologies
    NI has announced its latest advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) offering, a unified test system architecture to move iteratively between data replay and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing, according to a press release on 24 October 2022. NI will showcase its system at the Automotive Testing Expo in Novi, Michigan. The development of safe and dependable automobiles depends on the validation of the perception, planning, and control algorithms used by the ADAS e...
    XPENG showcases new mobility technologies at 2022 TECH DAY in China
    XPENG has unveiled a series of technical achievements at its fourth annual Tech Day held at its headquarters in Guangzhou, China, according to a press release on 24 October 2022. Showcasing XPENG’s next-generation neural network-based perception architecture, closed-loop artificial intelligence (AI) and data management platform, voice, and smart cabin technologies, and the latest developments in its mobility ecosystem, including the latest robo-taxi, and flying car. “Our rollout of City N...
    Faurecia presents sustainable alternative to animal leather
    Faurecia announced that the company has been testing new bio-based materials as a lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions alternative to animal or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) synthetic leather for use in trim solutions on seats and to cover surfaces of the vehicle interior such as the instrument panel, door panel, or center console, it said in a press release on 11 October. Nicolas Michot, Faurecia Seating Technology Director, said, “Our customers are extremely interested in new materials that su...
    INEOS Styrolution showcases styrenics solutions for automotive applications at K 2022
    INEOS Styrolution has announced that the company is showcasing its sustainable styrenics solutions for automotive exterior and interior applications at K 2022 in Germany, it said in a press release on 19 October. Christophe Ginss, Automotive sales director said, “With the upcoming end of life vehicle (ELV) regulation, we encourage our customers to explore our sustainable ECO grades. They are drop-in solutions for many applications and contribute therefore to a significant footprint reductio...
    Cadence, Samsung Foundry collaborates to advance 3D-integrated circuit design
    Cadence Design Systems, a collaborative partner in the Samsung Advanced Foundry Ecosystem (SAFE), has announced that it has expanded its collaboration with Samsung Foundry to accelerate 3D-IC design, according to a press release by Cadence on 17 October 2022. The reference flow of the Cadence Integrity 3D-IC platform has allowed Samsung Foundry to enhance its 3D-IC approach due to the ongoing partnership. Customer building; next-generation hyperscale computing; mobile, aut...
    LGES to test application of Syrah’s Louisiana anode material in cell production activities
    Korean battery manufacturer LG Energy Solutions (LGES) announced via press release on 20 October that it had signed a non-binding agreement to evaluate application of Syrah Resources’ natural graphite anode material in its battery manufacturing operations. According to the press release, LGES and Syrah will apply Syrah’s natural graphite anode material that is produced at its facility in Louisiana, US, in its battery manufacturing applications. If the graphite material meets LGES’ ...
    LG Energy, Posco to set up new battery materials supply contracts
    Korean industrial company Posco announced via press release on 17 October that it had signed an MoU with Korean battery manufacturing company LG Energy Solutions (LGES) to collaborate in business aspects related to battery materials. According to the agreement, the two companies will set up new mid- and long-term supply/sell contracts for battery cathode and anode materials as well partner in technical aspects associated with battery recycling and development of next-generation battery anodes...
    BMW to invest USD1.7 billion to build EVs in the US, Envision AESC to supply battery cells
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group plans to invest USD1.7 billion to manufacture electric vehicles (EVs) in the US, the company announced on 19 October 2022. “BMW Group Chairman of the Board of Management, Oliver Zipse, announced a USD1.7 billion investment in its US operations, including USD1 billion to prepare for the production of EVs at the company’s existing US manufacturing facility in South Carolina, and USD700 million to build a new high-voltage battery assembly facility in nea...
    US DoE announces USD2.8 billion in funding to expand local battery manufacturing
    The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced the first set of projects that will be funded with a total of USD2.8 billion under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expand domestic manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and the electrical grid, the US DoE said in a media note on 19 October 2022. It said that 20 companies have been shortlisted in the first round and that will receive the funding to build and expand commercial-scale facilities in 12 states to extract and pr...
    Volvo Cars invests in automotive energy management startup PowerShare
    Volvo Cars, through Volvo Cars Tech Fund, has made a strategic investment in PowerShare (Shanghai Dianxiang Info Tech Company), it said in a press release on 19 October. PowerShare is an AI and cloud-based energy management start-up. “We continue to invest in two of our most important goals: full electrification by 2030 and becoming fully climate-neutral by 2040. Partnering with PowerShare means teaming up to make our vehicles a functional part of the energy ecosystem. Smart power and clean...
    Posco opens new 20,000-ton nickel refinery in Korea
    Korean industrial company Posco announced via press release on 19 October that it had broken ground on its new high-purity nickel refinery in Gwangyang, Korea. According to the press release, the refinery will produce 20,000 tons of high-purity nickel (equivalent to 91,000 tons of nickel sulfate, a critical battery cathode precursor) annually. The 99.9% purity nickel will be produced from 75% purity nickel matte, supplied by Posco subsidiary SNNC, using a wet refining process. The raw nick...
    Posco, GS Energy to set up new battery recycling business in Korea
    Korean industrial company Posco announced via press release on 17 October that it had signed an agreement with South Korean conglomerate GS Group to set up a 51:49 battery recycling joint venture in the country. According to the press release, the two companies had invested around KRW170 billion (USD120 million) each into the joint venture. The JV will not only collect and recycle end-of-life batteries but will also set up new battery-as-a-service (BaaS) businesses for reapplication of second...
    Li-Cycle commences recycling operations at its new facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US
    Toronto-based lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling company Li-Cycle Corporation announced on 13 October 2022 that it has commenced the recycling operations at its spoke facility located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US. According to the company, the Alabama Spoke is strategically located to support the recycling needs of the Li-Cycle’s growing battery supply customer base in the southeastern US region. “The development of the EV supply chain in the region continues to accelerate as battery an...
    General Motors Ventures invests in materials startup MycoWorks
    Biotechnology startup MycoWorks has announced that it received an investment from General Motors’ investment arm GM Ventures, it said in a press release on 18 October. Wade Sheffer, managing director of GM Ventures, said, “Our strategic investment in MycoWorks aims to advance the development of sustainable automotive materials. This collaboration will help facilitate research and development (R&D) efforts and build more sustainable alternatives for our designers.” According to pr...
    Volvo unveils all-electric EX90 SUV featuring sustainable interior materials
    Volvo has unveiled interior details of the all-electric EX90 sport utility vehicle (SUV) built with carbon-neutral materials, the Swedish automaker said in a press release on 18 October.    Cecilia Stark, senior design manager, Volvo Cars, said, “We’ve chosen materials based on our values. These choices leave behind old-fashioned automotive luxury and express our Scandinavian foundations. With the Volvo EX90 we take customer well-being as a design starting point.” Significa...
    Asahi Kasei Plastics Singapore receives ISCC PLUS certification to manufacture sustainable plastic
    Asahi Kasei Plastics Singapore Pte Ltd (APS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Kasei has announced that it acquired International Sustainability and Carbon Certificate (ISCC) PLUS accreditation for its polyphenylene ether (PPE) as a sustainable product, it said in a press release on 18 October.   PPE is an engineering plastic that is modified by blending it with other resins such as polystyrene and polyamide (m-PPE). Xyron m-PPE from Asahi Kasei is widely used in automotive parts among...
    Paris Motor Show 2022: China’s BYD launches three BEVs
    Chinese automaker BYD announced on 17 October 2022 that it has launched three battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) at the ongoing Paris Motor Show at the Parc des Expositions in Paris. BYD’s newly launched BEV range includes the BYD Atto 3, a C-segment sport utility vehicle (SUV), the BYD Tang, a 7-seater with variable all-wheel drive and the sleek and sporty sedan BYD Han. Commenting on the new launches, Michael Shu, general manager and managing director, BYD Europe and International Cooperati...
    Chemex to set up new hydrocarbon upgrading system at Klean’s Oregon tire recycling plant
    Canadian industrial energy solutions company Klean Industries announced via press release on 11 October that it had selected engineering, procurement, and construction company Chemex for the fabrication of a hydrocarbon upgrading system at its upcoming Boardman, Oregon tire recycling facility. Klean stated that Chemex will provide a modular back-end pyrolysis oil condensing and fractionation system to split recovered pyrolysis oil into two streams, one of which will have similar quality to ve...
    Chemours to expand fuel cell membrane materials capacity with USD200 million investment
    US chemical company Chemours announced via press release on 3 October that it will be investing USD200 million to expand capacity and advance technology of its Nafion™ ion exchange materials. According to the press release, the company’s Nafion™ ion exchange materials are used in fuel cells to convert hydrogen to power. The materials also enable flow batteries to store excess renewable energy and convert it into electricity. President of Advanced Performance Materials at Chemours, De...
    H2 Green Steel, Hydro to set up new green hydrogen sites in South America and northern Europe
    Norwegian aluminum company Hydro announced via press release on 13 October that its renewable energy company Hydro Havrand had signed an MoU with Swedish green steel startup H2 Green Steel (H2GS) to set up large scale green hydrogen production facilities in Brazil and the Nordics. According to the press release, the two companies aim to set up a greenfield hydrogen production facility in Brazil that will produce hydrogen volumes sufficient for the production of 5 million tons of green steel (...
    Polestar reveals all-electric Polestar 3 SUV featuring sustainable interior materials
    Polestar has officially revealed the Polestar 3 electric performance sport utility vehicle (SUV) featuring carbon-neutral in-cabin materials, the automaker said in a press release on 12 October. Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, said, “Polestar 3 is a powerful electric SUV that appeals to the senses with a distinct, Scandinavian design and excellent driving dynamics. It takes our manufacturing footprint to the next level, bringing Polestar production to the United States. We are proud and exc...
    ZF, NIO sign agreement to develop steer-by-wire technology
    ZF has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Chinese elective vehicle (EV) maker NIO to develop steer-by-wire (SBW) technology products and other fields, ZF said in a press release on 14 October. Dr. Holger Klein, Member of the Board of Management, ZF Group, said, "ZF's new steer-by-wire system is a market-leading, cutting-edge technology. We are excited to be working closely with NIO, an outstanding representative of the Chinese automotive industry that is actively engaged in technol...
    ArcelorMittal breaks ground on USD1.3 billion Ontario green steel project
    Global steelmaking company ArcelorMittal announced via press release on 13 October that it had broken ground on its CAD1.8 billion (USD1.3 billion) project to decarbonize its Dofasco steelmaking site in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. According to the press release, the project is being partly funded by the governments of Canada and Ontario that have committed USD288 million and USD360 million each for the project. The green steel project reportedly involves installation of a 2.4-million-ton elect...
    H2 Green Steel partners with Midrex and Kobe Steel for new green steel feedstock plant
    Swedish green steel startup H2 Green Steel (H2GS) announced via press release on 11 October that it will be partnering with American direct reduction specialist Midrex to set up the world’s first 100% green hydrogen-based direct iron reduction (DRI) plant. According to the press release, the DRI plant will annually produce 2.1 million tons of hot DRI and hot briquetted iron (HBI, a compacted form of DRI) for supply to H2GS’s 2.5 million electric arc furnace (EAF) mill in Boden, Sweden. ...
    NVIDIA, Zvision partner to advance lidar AI technology
    Zvision, an automotive-grade MEMS lidar solutions provider in China, and NVIDIA have signed a collaborative agreement, whereby the Chinese firm joined the NVIDIA Jetson ecosystem as one of the platform's key lidar sensor partners, according to a press release on 14 October 2022. Zvision will expand its partnership with NVIDIA in terms of technology and goods as a member of the ecosystem. Zvision plans to use NVIDIA's  artificial intelligence (AI) chip hardware and software toolchains to ...
    Ascend Elements, EcoPro to set up closed-loop battery materials supply chain
    Battery recycling company Ascend Elements announced via press release on 12 October that it had signed an MoU with Korean battery materials company EcoPro to cooperate in the qualification and integration of Ascend’s recycled materials in EcoPro’s cathode products. According to the MoU, Ascend Elements will supply EcoPro will recycled battery materials for application in high-performance battery cathode active material (CAM) manufacturing. The CAM manufactured will be supplied to EcoPro...
    Sk On signs five-year lithium carbonate offtake agreement with Lake Resources
    EV battery manufacturing Sk On announced via press release on 12 October that it had signed a deal for the offtake of lithium with Australian mining company Lake Resources. According to the agreement, Lake Resources will supply Sk On with battery-grade lithium from its Kachi project in Argentina from as early as 2024, with the volume of lithium set for 15,000 tons for the first two years and 25,000 tons from the third year. The supply agreement has a five-year term and includes an option for ...
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