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    Electrical steel production in US far from sufficient to support OEMs’ electrification goals
    According to S&P Global Mobility, hybrid and electric light vehicle production in the United States is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% between 2023 and 2030 to 9.8 million units. This is also going to drive demand for EV motors (e-motors) in the country, which we forecast will grow at a CAGR of 20% over the same period to 14 million units. Besides its application in other industries, electrical steel is also used in the manufacturing of e-motors and charger...
    Our battery tech offers scope of developing efficient, affordable EVs: OneD Battery Sciences
    S&P Global Mobility: How was OneD Battery Sciences established? Please tell us about the origin of ‘Sinanode’ platform. Vincent Pluvinage: I have lived in the Silicon Valley since 1987, and I have taken a couple of companies public. Since 2001–02, I have been active in Silicon Valley as an investor, mainly focusing on innovative technologies, where I can use my physics and bioengineering background, and also in technologies that are well patented. I am an inventor at heart; I hav...
    Tata Motors opens third Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility in India
    Focusing on sustainability, Indian automaker Tata Motors announced the launch of its third Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility (RVSF). Located in Surat city, in the western state of Gujarat, India, the facility is called Re.Wi.Re — Recycle with Respect, the company said in a press release on September 23. According to the automaker, the modern facility uses environmentally friendly processes and can disassemble 15,000 end-of-life vehicles safely and sustainably each year. The RVSF is...
    Infineon heads European research project for advancing circular economy and sustainability of electronics industry
    Infineon Technologies has taken over as head and coordinator of the broad-scope European research project, the European ECOsystem for greeN Electronics (EECONE), intended to make electronics in Europe more sustainable, according to a press release on September 21. The objective is to investigate the corresponding technologies along the entire value chain, from design, manufacture and use all the way to recycling. EECONE is one of the Key Digital Technologies research projects supported by the...
    Toray partners with Honda to validate chemical nylon 6 recycling for automotive applications
    Toray Industries has signed an agreement with Honda Motor to jointly develop a chemical recycling technology for glass-fiber reinforced nylon 6 parts recovered from end-of-life vehicles, it said in a press release dated September 19. The companies are verifying the technology. Toray and Honda worked on subcritical water characteristics because of its high permeability, dissolving power and hydrolysis effect in resins to develop a technology that depolymerizes nylon 6 with that water. Subcriti...
    Pyrum Innovations in talks with Thermo Lysi to build tire-recycling plant in Greece
    Pyrum Innovations has begun preliminary discussions with Thermo Lysi to develop a new plant for the recycling of end-of-life tires (ELT) in Greece, it said in a press release dated September 14. The plant is expected to have a capacity of 20,000 metric tons of ELT annually. “We are looking forward to realising this groundbreaking project in Greece together with Thermo Lysi SA. The assignment of the design and all the necessary work for the issuance of the building permit underlines the trus...
    Li-Cycle, Glencore plan to expedite joint battery-recycling operations in Italy
    Canadian battery-recycling technology company Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. and its ally Glencore International AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of battery materials producer Glencore, have announced plans for a two-phase approach to their joint Portovesme Hub project in Sardinia, Italy, Li-Cycle said on September 18. The two companies intend to expedite the production of battery-grade lithium carbonate at their planned facility in Italy. According to Li-Cycle, Phase 1 is designed to process up to 11,...
    Gotion launches made-in-Germany EV batteries, signs contracts with BASF, ABB, Ficosa
    Chinese battery-maker Gotion High-Tech launched its first locally produced battery in Göttingen, a town in central Germany, on September 16, the company announced September 17. Gotion, which had organized a ceremony to mark the event, also signed cooperation agreements with five global companies such as BASF, ABB, Ebusco and Ficosa. These agreements cover various aspects of battery production, ranging from materials, product development, and the supply of automotive and energy storage prod...
    Mercedes-Benz and Steel Dynamics secure sustainable steel supply deal for Tuscaloosa, Ala., plant
    Mercedes-Benz has signed an agreement with Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) to source more than 50,000 metric tons of CO2-reduced steel annually for its plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala., according to a press release on September 18. SDI steel will be made using an electric arc furnace (EAF) and will use electricity from 100% renewable sources. With EAFs powered by green electricity, emissions can be reduced by more than half to 1.0-metric ton CO2 per metric ton steel on average, compared to prima...
    Yokohama Rubber begins production of Advan Sport EV with renewable energy
    The Yokohama Rubber announced that its Shinshiro-Minami Plant (in Shinshiro City, Aichi Prefecture) has begun production of its Advan Sport EV ultrahigh-performance summer tire for premium electric vehicles and other high-performance tires with electric power from a new solar panel power generation system put into official operation this August, and renewable energy-generated electricity that the plant has been procuring since April, according to a press release on September 15. Significance:...
    To reduce the use of fossil raw material, Continental uses recovered carbon black in solid tires
    In an initiative toward sourcing more sustainable raw material, tire maker Continental added recovered carbon black (rCB) to its newly produced Super Elastic solid tires at its tire plant in Korbach, Germany, thus reducing the use of fossil raw materials and CO2 emissions. Solid tires such as Continental’s SC20+ already contain around 60% renewable and recycled materials thanks to their high natural rubber content. By 2050 at the latest, Continental aims to use 100% sustainable materials in...
    BASF partners with Nanotech Energy to make lithium-ion batteries with recycled materials
    BASF has collaborated with Nanotech Energy to manufacture lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in North America using locally recycled substance, it said in a press release on September 11. BASF will use cathode active materials from recycled metals in Michigan, US, which will be used in Li-ion battery cells produced by Nanotech Energy. The idea is to significantly reduce the CO2 footprint of Nanotech’s Li-ion batteries. The companies will also partner with Li-ion battery-recycling company A...
    Kia to use recycled plastic in new EV models
    Kia intends on using recycled plastic in its new electric vehicle models, it said in a press release on August 28. This comes after Kia’s partner, The Ocean Cleanup, hauled in 55 metric tons of waste from the Pacific Ocean and is part of a seven-year global partnership agreed in April 2022. Recycling of the captured plastic will begin shortly with Kia using a proportion of it in future models. “The record catch of plastics brought to shore by The Ocean Cleanup for recycling is tangible pr...
    Toyota launches Toyota Open Labs in Europe to help mobility startups
    Toyota Motor has launched Toyota Open Labs in Europe, it said in a press release on August 29. The open innovation platform will help startups with business units across the Toyota ecosystem to scale innovation. The program will help Toyota deepen its expertise across energy, circular economy, carbon-neutral technologies, smart communities and mobility for all initiatives. Toyota Open Labs partners include: Toyota Tsusho Europe, the trading and supply-chain arm of the Toyota group; Kinto...
    Texas Instruments’ new manufacturing plant in North Texas achieves LEED Gold version 4
    Texas Instruments (TI) announced that its new 300-mm semiconductor wafer fabrication plant (fab) in Richardson, Texas — called the RFAB2 — has achieved the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification under version 4, according to a press release on August 29. This designation makes RFAB2 the first wafer fab in the US and the fourth worldwide to achieve this more stringent certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for the susta...
    JLR, Wykes Engineering to develop energy storage systems using second-life Jaguar I-Pace batteries
    JLR has partnered with Wykes Engineering to develop an energy storage system in the UK to harness solar and wind power using second-life Jaguar I-Pace batteries, it said in a press release on August 23. A Wykes Engineering Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) uses 30 second-life I-Pace batteries, and can store up to 2.5 MWh of energy at full capacity. JLR aims to supply enough batteries to store a total of 7.5 MWh of energy by the end of 2023. “Our sustainability approach addresses the...
    LG Energy, Huayou Recycling to form a battery recycling JV, build two plants in China
    South Korean battery-maker LG Energy Solution (LGES) announced August 8 that it plans to set up a battery recycling joint venture with China’s Zhejiang Huayou Recycling Technology Co. Ltd., which is a subsidiary company of Huayou Cobalt. LGES said that the planned JV is the company’s first battery-recycling JV. According to the press note issued by the South Korean company August 8, it signed the JV establishment agreement with Huayou Recycling at Huayou Cobalt’s Tongxiang headq...
    Hankook Tire joins Suppliers Partnership for the Environment to advance sustainable practices
    Hankook Tire announced that it has joined the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP), the association of automakers and their suppliers working toward a positive environmental impact for the US automotive industry, according to a press release dated August 7. Formed in 2002, SP provides a forum for automakers and their suppliers to advance sustainability across three core areas — operations, materials and suppliers. SP members work in collaboration with the US Environmental Pro...
    RecycLiCo Battery Materials, Nanoramic Laboratories team up on recycling lithium-ion batteries
    RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. and Nanoramic Laboratories have signed a strategic collaboration to jointly work to optimize the complete life cycle of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, Nanoramic announced August 2. In a press note, the US-based developer of innovative electrode technology Nanoramic said that the collaboration aims to synergize both companies' unique materials and technologies to establish an efficient, sustainable battery supply chain. Under the agreement, Nanoramic will c...
    New mandate in India may require carmakers to use 20% recycled materials from 2026–27
    Carmakers in India may soon have to use 20% recycled materials of the total weight of metals they use to produce a vehicle from 2026–27 under an upcoming policy, according to a news report published by The Economic Times Auto on August 2. The policy — Extended Production Responsibility (EPR) — is currently being prepared by the central government, it said, adding that the quantum of recycled materials will progressively increase as more vehicle scrapping centers become operational acros...
    Li-Cycle starts battery-recycling operations at German plant
    Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. (Li-Cycle) announced the start of commercial operations at its first Spoke recycling facility in Europe, located in Magdeburg, Germany. The Germany Spoke’s first main processing line has now commenced operations, with the second main line expected to start later in 2023. Each main line can process up to 10,000 metric tons of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery material per year. With an additional 10,000 metric tons of ancillary capacity planned, the facility is expe...
    Continental starts volume production of new UltraContact NXT tires
    Continental has started production of the UltraContact NXT at its plant in Lousado, Portugal, according to a press release dated July 31. With up to 65% renewable, recycled and mass-balance certified materials, the new summer tire combines sustainable materials with high safety and performance. At the same time, all dimensions carry the highest possible rating in the EU tire label ("A") in rolling resistance, wet braking and exterior noise. Renewable materials account for up to 32% of the Ult...
    Aqua Metals and Yulho collaborate for lithium-battery recycling in South Korea
    Sustainable lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pioneer Aqua Metals Inc. (Aqua Metals) announced a strategic partnership with Yulho Co. Ltd. (Yulho), an innovative-storage solution and battery-materials company based in South Korea, to drive innovation in lithium-battery recycling and set a new standard for a low-carbon, circular supply of the critical minerals that power an electrified future, the company said July 19. As part of the strategic partnership, Yulho will make a strategic equity investm...
    Tata Motors inaugurates registered vehicle-scrapping facility in Odisha, India
    According to a press release dated July 24, Tata Motors has launched its second Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility (RVSF) in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, named "Re.Wi.Re — Recycle with Respect." The event was graced by delegates from the Odisha government and Tata Motors. Speaking at the launch of Tata Motors’ Re.Wi.Re RVSF in Odisha, government of Odisha Hon’ble Minister of Water Resources, Commerce & Transport Smt. Tukuni Sahu said, "Today marks a significant milestone...
    Gestamp partners with steel producer ArcelorMittal to promote the recycling of steel scrap
    Flat Products and Tier 1 automotive supplier Gestamp signed a circularity agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal, with a goal to strengthen environmental sustainability throughout the industrial supply chain. The collaboration aims to jointly design and implement a circularity scheme that will enhance the recycling of steel by both partners, by offering benefits obtained to their automotive customers, the company said in a press release July 21. The release further added that the overall...
    Redwood Materials in talks to raise $700 million to support battery-recycling plant in Nevada, US
    Leading US-based battery-material recycling company Redwood Materials is in talks to raise $700 million that would help it fund its first major plant in Nevada, US, according to a news report published by the newspaper Financial Times on July 18. If the deal happens, the company, which is lead by the Tesla Co-Founder JB Straubel, would achieve a valuation of almost $5 billion, the report added. The report pointed out that after raising $700 million at a $3.7 billion valuation in 2021, Redwood...
    Huntsman, V-Carbon Technologies develop end-of-life recycling solutions for carbon-fiber composites
    Huntsman has partnered with V-Carbon Technologies to develop end-of-life recycling solutions, according to a June 21 press release. The collaboration effort targets the recovery or recycling of fiber, resin and chemical components. A process chain has been developed to deliver advanced materials systems using high-performance second-life carbon fibers. Application industries include automotive and aviation, among others. V-Carbon’s technology is based on a patented chemolysis process, which...
    Toray’s South Korean unit gets ISCC PLUS certification for polyphenylene sulfide resin
    Toray Industries has announced that its South Korean subsidiary Toray Advanced Materials Korea has received ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) PLUS certification for the polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resin produced at its Gunsan, South Korea, plant, a company press release dated July 12 read. The certification ensures that recycled raw materials and biomass raw materials are properly managed in the supply chain. Toray Advanced Materials Korea will be able to suppl...
    Li-Cycle collaborates with Eve Energy for battery recycling
    Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. (Li-Cycle) and Eve Energy Co. (Eve) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate and explore lithium ion (Li-ion) battery-recycling solutions for Eve's battery materials, a company press release dated July 11 said. According to the press release, the MOU includes a framework to explore global sustainable recycling solutions for Eve's Li-ion battery materials in the North American market, as well as battery-manufacturing scrap generated at Eve's planned Li-...
    Altilium Metals signs memorandum of understanding with Marubeni Corp. to develop battery-recycling business in the UK
    UK-based Altilium Metals has signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Japanese investment group Marubeni Corp., Altilium Metals announced July 6. Under the framework of the said MOU, the two companies plan to work together to explore opportunities to jointly develop electric vehicle battery-recycling businesses in the UK. The plan includes joint development of a UK supply chain of end-of-life lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for recycling. According to the press n...
    CATL plans to set up battery recycling plants in Europe, North America
    China’s largest battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) is in talks with a European partner for setting up a battery recycling facility in Europe ahead of its plans to establish a base in North America, according to a news report published by Yicai Global on June 29. The report further mentioned that CATL aims to expand its footprint globally by setting up battery recycling business in other parts of the world, including in North America. It cited company’s chief prod...
    Toyota Motor Europe announces establishment of a Circular Economy function
    Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has announced executive-level appointments at its European headquarters and changes to the company structure, with the appointment of one of its vice presidents to head up a new function focusing on Circular Economy, according to a press release dated June 22. It marks another move forward by TME as it accelerates the transformation toward a mobility company, built on the principles of carbon neutrality and sustainability. All changes are effective July 1, 2023. ...
    Yokohama Rubber introduces new crack-resistant rubber
    Yokohama Rubber has announced the development of a crack-resistant rubber material made from nanoparticle-based polymers that do not use any additives, such as organic solvents and reinforcing agents, according to a press release June 23. The development is the result of a collaborative effort with a research group led by Associate Professor Daisuke Suzuki of Shinshu University’s Graduate School of Textile Science and Technology, and the Research Initiative for Supra-Materials (RISM). ...
    RecycLiCo Battery Materials and Zenith Chemical to set up a battery recycling JV in Taiwan
    Canada-based battery-materials recycling company RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. plans to form an equal joint venture with Taiwan’s Zenith Chemical Corp. to set up a lithium ion (Li-ion) battery-recycling plant in Taiwan, RecycLiCo announced June 12. The proposed battery-recycling plant is slated to have an annual capacity of 2,000 metric tons, the company said, adding that the facility is estimated to cost $25 million. In building the first commercial battery-recycling plant, base...
    Umicore opens solid-state battery material prototyping facility in Olen, Belgium
    Battery-materials company Umicore has inaugurated a solid-state battery material prototyping facility in Olen, Belgium, the company announced June 20. Umicore termed its new facility as among the world's largest and most advanced solid-state battery material prototyping research and development (R&D) center aimed at expanding and accelerating innovation and technology development in this domain. Umicore said it has transformed an industrial building on its site in Olen, whi...
    Audi Hungaria partners with New Energy to develop technology for recycling tire waste
    Audi Hungaria has partnered with New Energy to develop a new technology for recycling tire waste, according to a press release June 15. Tire waste generated at the site of the company in Győr, Hungary, will be chemically recycled to prevent the release of microplastics and hazardous substances. “It is of paramount importance for our company to use environmentally friendly technologies not only in manufacturing, but also throughout the life cycle of our products, including the recovery...
    Continental develops new tire made up of 65% recycled materials
    Continental has unveiled the UltraContact NXT tire, made of up to 65% renewable, recycled and mass-balance certified materials, according to a June 14 press release. The tires, which will be available for the European market in July, will carry the highest possible rating of the EU tire label in rolling resistance, wet braking and exterior noise. There will be 19 sizes. “At Continental, safety, performance and sustainability go hand in hand. With the UltraContact NXT, we deliver o...
    US DOE to fund over $192 million for battery-recycling technology
    The US Energy Department (DOE) has announced a new funding of more than $192 million for recycling batteries from consumer products, and launching an advanced battery research and development (R&D) consortium, in a press release dated June 12. The funds will also be beneficial for the continuation of the Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize, which began in 2019. “The [US] is leading the way in developing advanced battery technologies that will power our clean[-]energy future and boo...
    Lohum partners with Acko to recycle and reuse EV batteries
    Lohum has partnered with Acko to recycle and reuse electric vehicle batteries, it said in a press release dated May 2. This will be the first time in India that an association for EV battery insurance will include provisions for reusing and recycling of the batteries. “We are delighted to partner with [Acko] to weave sustainability into India’s first EV battery performance warranty insurance. We applaud [Acko]’s emphasis on performance warranty, which ensures that customers get imm...
    Audi to make pilot project for glass recycling into standard production
    Audi has announced that for the windshields of the Q4 e-tron model, it will use glass made of up to 30% recycled material from car windows damaged beyond repair, in a company press release dated June 7. This is the first time that the German carmaker will shift the GlassLoop pilot project into standard production. “If we process car windows that can no longer be repaired so that they are suitable for automotive production again, we need less raw material overall and avoid downcycling c...
    Bridgestone commences pyrolysis test of ‘used tire’ recycling
    Bridgestone announced that it has commenced the production of tire-derived oil and recycled carbon black through pyrolysis of used tires using test units installed at Bridgestone Innovation Park in Kodaira City, Tokyo, according to a press release June 8. This initiative is aimed at promoting the social implementation of chemical recycling technologies that enable precise pyrolysis of used tires.  This project is one of two research and development (R&D) projects that are par...
    Livista Energy to partner Technip Energies to build lithium refinery in Germany
    Luxembourg-based Livista Energy Europe SA announced June 8 that it will partner Technip Energies to set up a lithium refinery in Germany. “Following a competitive bidding process Livista Energy Europe has selected Technip Energies to deliver the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for its first European lithium refinery in Germany to supply the rapidly growing European [electric vehicle] industry,” the company said in a statement June 8. It said that the production is expected...
    Ascend Elements signs a $1 billion contract to supply cathode precursor to a customer in the US
    US-based closed-loop battery recycling company Ascend Elements Inc. has signed a multiyear contract to supply about $1 billion worth of sustainable cathode precursor (pCAM) to a major US-based company for the latter’s battery manufacturing process, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2024, Ascend said in an announcement June 7. Ascend said that under the terms of the agreement, the customer has the option to expand the contract to a larger quantity with a value of up to $5 bil...
    Comau developing a fully automated system for sustainable battery recycling and second-life repurposing
    Comau, part of the Stellantis group, has renewed its commitment to the EU’s Flexible Battery Dismantling (Flex-BD) project for the second year to help deliver a fundamental pillar on the path toward a truly circular economy, the company said May 29. Comau continues its participation in the renewed EU project Flex-BD for which it is developing a robotized electric-battery dismantling cell as part of its ongoing commitment to advancing sustainable electric mobility solutions. Also, stayi...
    Apollo Tyres plans to source natural rubber from firms bound to sustainability guidelines
    In a press release announcement May 24, Apollo Tyres said that it is sourcing 100% of its natural rubber supplies from companies that have committed to sustainability throughout the supply chain, aligning with the code of conduct set out by the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR). The new initiative, which came into full effect recently, and formed part of Apollo Tyres’ Global Sustainability Strategy, applied to the supply of natural rubber to the company’s tw...
    Hankook Tire signs memorandum of understanding with Kumho Petrochemical to develop eco-friendly tires
    Hankook Tire & Technology (Hankook Tire) and global petrochemical company Kumho Petrochemical (KKPC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the development of eco-friendly tires, utilizing Eco Solution-polymerized Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (Eco-SSBR), according to a press release May 23. The MOU signing took place at the headquarters of KKPC, located in Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Significance: Eco-SSBR is an eco-friendly material that applies Recycled Styrene Monomer&nb...
    BASF, Advent Technologies collaborate to set up supply chain for hydrogen fuel-cell systems in Europe
    BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions (BASF), a leading player in precious metals and catalysis, and Advent Technologies Holdings Inc. (Advent) an innovation-driven leader in fuel cell and hydrogen technology, have signed an agreement to collaborate on building a full-loop component supply chain for fuel cells in Europe, BASF announced May 9. The terms of the new agreement also include the two companies holding discussions to extend the partnership into the field of w...
    Lithion Technologies to set up battery recycling plant in Canada
    Lithion Recycling, which is now renamed as Lithion Technologies, plans to construct its first commercial critical mineral extraction plant in St-Bruno-de-Montarville, near Montreal, in Canada, the company said on May 9. The company said that its upcoming battery recycling plant will process over 15,000 tons of lithium-ion batteries annually, sourced from electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles as well as non-conforming materials from cells and battery manufacturing, to produce its signat...
    Altilium Metals recycles EV battery scrap to produce cathode active materials
    UK-based clean tech group Altilium Metals has successfully produced battery cathode active materials (CAM) from end-of-life electric vehicle (EV) battery scrap at its state-of-the-art recycling demonstration line in Devon, UK, the company announced on April 20. The company, which claimed that this is the first development of its kind in the UK, has delivered the first samples of its in-house developed CAM to Imperial College London, where the materials will be analyzed under a joint...
    Constellium, Renault Group to establish closed-loop recycling for Megane E-Tech Electric
    French automotive supplier of aluminum-based components announced on April 27 that the company has signed an agreement with French carmaker Renault Group to establish a closed-loop recycling process for the all-new Megane E-Tech Electric model. In its official note, the company said that Renault Group has developed a closed-loop recycling process to bring manufacturing scrap from the stamping process back to Constellium, resulting in a reduced CO2 footprint. It added that based on best practi...
    JK Tyre develops PCR tire with 80% sustainable, recycled and renewable material
    Indian tire major JK Tyre & Industries developed a new sustainable tire, which will deliver performance comparable to that of a standard radial tire while registering a lower carbon footprint. The “UX Green” tire was tested extensively in indoor and outdoor on roads as well as on test tracks to validate the performance, according to a press release on April 25. Commenting on this breakthrough success, Raghupati Singhania, chairman and managing director of JK Tyre, said,...
    Bridgestone transitions to renewable energy sources for 100% of electricity purchased at six plants in Japan
    According to a press release on April 21, Bridgestone announced that it has successfully transitioned all the electricity purchased to renewable energy sources at six tire and raw materials plants in Japan. The company has also begun transitioning to renewable energy sources at two chemical and industrial products plants (Seki and Kumamoto). It plans to systematically expand use of renewable energy sources going forward. In addition to the initiative in 2021 when the company transitioned to r...
    Mercedes-Benz dubs Rock Tech’s lithium conversion plant in Germany a major milestone
    German luxury-car maker Mercedes-Benz has dubbed the German-Canadian startup Rock Tech Lithium’s battery-material processing plant in Guben, Brandenburg, Germany, as a major milestone for its electric vehicle (EV) supply chain, according to a press release issued by the company on March 27. Mercedes-Benz said that the company is taking the next steps towards localization and greater vertical integration in drive technologies for its electrification goals in Europe. It added that the partner...
    Bosch Rexroth to supply automated system for disassembling batteries to Battery Lifecycle Company
    In an announcement on April 5, Bosch said that its subsidiary company Bosch Rexroth plans to supply a fully automated system for discharging and disassembling battery modules to Battery Lifecycle Company. The latter is a joint venture between Remondis subsidiary TSR Recycling and Rhenus Automotive. “Battery Lifecycle Company is building Europe’s first fully automated plant at its site in Magdeburg, with Bosch Rexroth supplying the technology,” the company said in a statement, ...
    AVL List claims to reduce up to 30% carbon emissions in battery manufacturing process
    Austria-based battery engineering company AVL List claimed that it has developed an innovative production approach that could reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions during the battery manufacturing process by up to 30%, according to a report published by Electrive on April 3. Citing the company, the report stated that AVL List can already measure and optimize the amount of CO2 emissions produced during the battery manufacturing process at its Battery Innovation Center. It can be...
    Customcells, partners focus on digital-twin model of battery production
    Battery-cell technology company Customcells, together with its industry partners, has started working on a collaborative project named TwinTRACE, which focuses on the digitalization of the battery-cell production, the company announced on April 3. The company said that with TwinTRACE, the project partners plan to raise the quality and traceability of battery-cell production to a world-leading level while setting standards for smart digitization in the industry. Commenting on the project, D...
    Scandinavian Enviro Systems and Antin Infrastructure announce joint venture to create large-scale tire recycling group
    Scandinavian Enviro Systems and Antin Infrastructure announced the formation of a joint venture (JV) supported by Michelin to create the world's first large-scale tire recycling group, according to a press release on March 29. The JV will combine Enviro's unique and patented technology for the extraction of carbon black and pyrolysis oil from end-of-life tires with Michelin’s leading position in sustainable tires and Antin’s expertise in developing and scaling tomorrow’s infrastruc...
    Ex-BASF Dirk Voeste to head Volkswagen’s sustainability unit
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen has appointed Dirk Voeste as the new chief sustainability officer with effect from April 1, 2023, the company said on March 28. Voeste will report to Gernot Döllner, head of Group Strategy and general secretariat. Voeste’s appointment comes as the VW group has restructured its sustainability unit after Ralf Pfitzner moved on after serving the company for five years. VW further added that the company is also realigning the independent sustainability co...
    Stena Recycling inaugurates Li-ion battery recycling facility in Sweden
    Stena Recycling, one of the leading battery recycling companies in Europe, inaugurated its first industrial recycling facility for lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries, the company said on March 30. The all-new battery recycling plant, which is built with an investment of about 250 million Swedish kronor (over US$24 million), is situated in the south of Sweden and is one of the first industry-scale battery recycling facilities in Europe, the company claimed. According to Stena Recycling, it ha...
    Li-Cycle signs a definitive agreement with KION Group to recycle Li-ion batteries
    Li-Cycle Holdings Corp has signed a definitive agreement for a global lithium ion (Li-ion) battery recycling partnership with the KION Group. The company plans to develop a new Li-ion battery recycling facility in France, supported by regional commercial demand, including KION’s Li-ion battery recycling needs. Under the partnership, Li-Cycle will recycle Li-ion batteries from KION’s global brands using its proprietary and innovative submerged shredding technology that is safe, enviro...
    Europe moves closer to implementing battery passports for EV batteries
    The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union reached a provisional agreement on a proposal to strengthen the sustainability rules for batteries in December 2022. The Parliament and the Council said they are also open to further discussions on the new technological developments and future challenges pertaining to the batteries and battery materials. The negotiating representatives on both sides agreed that a carbon footprint declaration and label must be made mandatory for batter...
    MaterialLoop project tests the circular-economy potential of end-of-life vehicles
    Audi, with its joint-project MaterialLoop, is taking the next step toward closing more material cycles in the automotive industry. Together with 15 partners from the research, recycling and supplier sectors, the brand with the four rings is looking into the reuse of so-called post-consumer materials. These materials are taken from customer vehicles at the end of their life cycle from the automotive sector for the production of new cars, a company release dated March 3 said. ...
    Mercedes-Benz partners with Hunan Brunp for EV battery recycling project in China
    German automaker Mercedes-Benz has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hunan Brunp to jointly undertake an electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling project, Hunan Brunp announced in a press release on 27 February. Under the partnership, Hunan Brunp will recycle the spent EV batteries of Mercedes-Benz and use key materials such as nickel, cobalt, manganese, and lithium to remanufacture battery-cathode materials. Hunan Brunp said that CATL, its parent company, will make battery-catho...
    Mercedes-Benz’s first battery recycling plant to come up in Germany
    German luxury brand Mercedes-Benz marked the groundbreaking ceremony for a new battery recycling factory in Kuppenheim, Germany, cutting resource consumption and establishing closed-loop recycling of battery raw materials, a company press release dated 3 March said. The first stage of the plant—the mechanical dismantling of electric vehicle (EV) batteries—is scheduled to start ramping up at the end of 2023. If discussions with the public sector go as planned, then a hydrometallurgy p...
    Tata Motors' all-new scrappage facility in Jaipur starts operations
    In a bold move toward its commitment to sustainable mobility, Tata Motors launched the first Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility (RVSF) in Jaipur, Rajasthan, called Re.Wi.Re – Recycle with Respect, the new facility is developed and operated by Tata Motors’ partner Ganganagar Vaahan Udyog to scrap end-of-life passenger and commercial vehicles of all brands. The modern Re.Wi.Re. facility is designed to dismantle end-of-life passenger and commercial vehicles of all brands and ensures depol...
    Amazon races ahead in driving automotive patent applications
    The e-commerce giant Amazon has surged ahead in filling the highest number of patents in the new generation automotive technologies compared to rivals. While it has made key acquisitions in the autonomous driving space, the patient has surged rapidly, surpassing Google, an early leader.  According to Nikkei research, the Seattle-based e-commerce firm filed the most patent applications for next-generation automotive technology among five major US tech giants over the past two decades...
    Honda partners with Ascend Elements to procure resources from recycled Li-ion batteries
    Honda Motor has signed an agreement with Ascend Elements under which the companies will collaborate towards a stable procurement of resources from recycled lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries in North America for Honda electric vehicles (EVs), according to a company press release dated 27 February. Honda will look for a consistent supply of nickel, cobalt, and lithium that Ascend Elements reclaims from recycled Li-ion batteries and use these resources in its battery supply chain for electrified ve...
    Mercedes-Benz Energy partners Lohum on second-life batteries
    Mercedes-Benz Energy and Lohum have entered into a strategic partnership that entails a multiyear supply contract agreement for second-life batteries, the two companies said in a joint announcement on 4 January 2023. The agreement includes Mercedes-Benz Energy and Lohum committing to a minimum offtake schedule of 50MWh per annum across multiple second-life battery module variants. According to the official note, the agreement will enable Lohum to secure high volumes of second-use battery modu...
    NEO Battery Materials expects to receive construction permit for silicon anode plant by end-Jan 2023
    Vancouver-based NEO Battery Materials updated on 22 December 2022 that it expects to receive the construction permit to build a silicon anode plant in the city of Pyeongtaek, South Korea by the end of January 2023. It can be recalled that on 30 November 2022, NEO Battery Materials had announced submitting the proposed plant’s construction permit application to the relevant authorities through its South Korean subsidiary named NBM Korea. The company said that its management and commercial...
    CATL – Geely battery plant in Sichuan province in mainland China starts production
    CATL announced on 19 December 2022 that the production operations at the first phase of the CATL – Geely EV battery manufacturing plant in Yibin, which is situated in southwest China's Sichuan Province, has started with a planned capacity of 15 GWh. The battery manufacturing facility is set up with a total investment of up to CNY8 billion (USD1.15 billion) and is spread across a planned area of more than 30 ha. According to the company, CATL-Geely’s Yibin project’s construction work beg...
    CATL, AVATR plan to deepen cooperation on EV battery supply chain
    Mainland China’s largest EV battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL) has signed an agreement with AVATR Technology to deepen its strategic cooperation with the EV maker in Chongqing, Southwest China, the company said on 20 December 2022. “The signing of the agreement will further deepen the cooperation between the two parties,” CATL said in an official statement. It mentioned that it, along with AVATR, will build an industry-leading battery supply chain ecosy...
    SK Innovation, SungEel HiTech to form JV for battery metal recycling
    South Korean EV battery maker SK Innovation and material recycling company SungEel HiTech have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a joint venture (JV) focused on battery metal recycling operations, SK Innovation said on 13 December 2022. “The two companies decided to collaborate in a business of recovering lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese, and other cathode materials from used batteries, and signed an MOU to establish a JV at SK Seorin Building in Jongno-gu, Seoul,”...
    Umicore, Nano One partner on battery materials process technology
    Umicore, a circular materials technology company, and Nano One Materials Corp., a clean technology company, have signed a nonexclusive joint development agreement (JDA) on production process technologies for cathode active materials (CAMs) for lithium-ion batteries, Umicore said on 21 December 2022. Under the agreement, Umicore will evaluate Nano One’s patented M2CAM One-Pot process technology to integrate it with its proprietary process technology to produce high-nickel NMC (nickel, mangan...
    Polestar partners US startup Cyclic Materials for recycling of rare earth elements
    Swedish premium electric vehicle (EV) maker Polestar has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with US recycling startup Cyclic Materials to create closed-loop recycling pathways for rare earth elements (REEs), the carmaker announced on 15 December 2022. Under the MoU, the two companies will work to see the development of recycled magnets for use in Polestar cars, as well as explore ways to efficiently recycle existing magnets. “This means that, rather than mining for new raw materials...
    BorgWarner aims to cut down its Scope 3 emissions by at least 25% by 2031
    Michigan-based global automotive component supplier BorgWarner plans to reduce its absolute Scope 3 emissions by at least 25% by 2031 from a 2021 baseline, the company announced on 15 December 2022. The company said that it has formally submitted its Scope 3 target, along with the previously announced target to achieve 85% absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions reduction by 2030 (from a 2021 baseline), for validation to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). BorgWarner added that these s...
    Redwood Materials to invest USD3.5 billion to build battery materials plant in South Carolina, US
    Battery recycling company Redwood Materials plans to invest USD3.5 billion on building a battery material recycling facility near Charleston, South Carolina, US, the company announced on 14 December 2022. The factory, which will be spread across an area of more than 600 acres, is termed by Redwood as its next ‘Battery Materials Campus’ that will be located in the heart of the ‘US Battery Belt’. According to Redwood, a new electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing corridor from Michigan to G...
    ACE Green Recycling, Glencore sign offtake agreement on lead, key battery materials
    ACE Green Recycling (ACE), a global recycling technology and supply chain platform, and Glencore plc, one of the world’s largest producers and recyclers of battery metals, have entered a long-term supply agreement for recycled lead as well as key battery metal-based end products from recycled lithium-ion batteries, according to a media note released by Glencore on 5 December 2022. The strategic partnership between the two companies will create a circular supply chain on a global scale for t...
    Envision AESC commences construction work of its second Gigafactory in Sunderland, UK
    Leading electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Envision AESC has commenced construction work at the site of its second gigafactory in Sunderland, UK, according to a news report published by North East Automotive Alliance on 9 December 2022. The report mentioned that the said Gigafactory is slated to have an annual production capacity of 12GWh and will employ more than 1,000 people at peak capacity in 2025, The upcoming facility will be powered by renewable energy, the report said, adding that th...
    Redwood Materials gets approval for over USD105 million in US tax incentives
    Redwood Materials, a battery company founded by former Tesla executive JB Straubel, has received an approval for over USD105.6 million in US tax incentives for its battery recycling and materials processing plant in Northern Nevada, according to a news report published by the Reno Gazette Journal on 1 December 2022. The report stated that Redwood Materials was awarded tax credits and multiple abatements on by the state of Nevada in exchange for USD1.1 billion in capital investments ...
    ArcelorMittal secures supply of scrap steel with acquisition of Dutch recycler Riwald
    Global steelmaking giant ArcelorMittal announced via a press release on 6 December that it had acquired Dutch state-of-the-art ferrous scrap metal recycling business Riwald Recycling. According to the press release, Riwald currently processes 330,000 tons of ferrous scrap metal annually, sourced from OEMs, demolition companies, traders, car dismantling companies, and regional and national governments. The company also uses high-specification technical equipment in the separation of materials ...
    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...
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