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Li-Cycle ups US lithium-ion battery recycling capacity to meet growing demand

Tue, 09/21/2021 - 13:46 -- Paul Crompton

Canadian firm Li-Cycle has confirmed it will build a fourth commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility in North America.

The plant— called a spoke by the firm— in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will provide an initial processing capacity increase of up to 5,000 tonnes of manufacturing scrap and end-of-life batteries per year.

The Tuscaloosa site is also being developed to accommodate a future, second 5,000 tonne processing line, which would double capacity at the site.

The Alabama Spoke is due to start operations by mid-2022.

Spoke 4 will initially bring Li-cycle’s North American recycling capacity to 25,000 tonnes per year, and adds to the firm’s facilities in Ontario, Canada, New York, and a plant in Arizona, US, that is in advanced stage of construction.

The Arizona, Spoke 3, facility will process 10,000 tonnes of batteries per year when complete, effectively doubling the firm’s total recycling capacity in North America.

Tim Johnston, co-founder, and executive chairman of Li-Cycle, said: "Originally, we had planned on rolling out three commercial Spoke facilities in North America over the next five years, with a total recycling capacity of 20,000 tonnes per year. 

“However, demand for lithium-ion battery recycling has continued to outperform our forecasts and we are now forecasting total recycling capacity of 30,000 tonnes per year. 

“This Alabama facility is essential in filling a recycling gap in the southeastern United States. Like our Arizona Spoke, we expect the new facility to have the capability to process entire vehicle battery packs, without dismantling.”

Univar Solutions will be an anchor battery feed supply customer for the new facility, following on Li-Cycle’s previously announced on-site partnership with Univar Solutions to provide waste management solutions for electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturing.

Mercedes-Benz, US International (MBUSI) is working with Univar Solutions on end-of-life solutions for lithium-ion batteries.

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Lead battery separator firm Microporous welcomes new director of sales

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 09:49 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery separator firm Microporous has announced Bryan Allen as its new director of sales, North America. 

Allen will contribute to the growth of Microporous in North America, with the remit of increasing its market share by penetration into new accounts and promoting sales of the company’s existing and new developmental products.

In his new position, Allen will directly report to Claudia Lorenzini, VP, sales and marketing.

Allen brings significant experience to the position, including numerous roles related to strategic account management, design engineering and project management. 

Before joining Microporous, he was senior director of sales and marketing for leading battery manufacturers Leoch and the former Exide Technologies, and French energy firm Schneider Electric.

US lead-acid firm pulls AGM production from China

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:31 -- Paul Crompton
US lead-acid firm pulls AGM production from China

US lead-acid manufacturer Crown Battery Corp is moving its Absorbent Glass Matt battery production from China back to North America.

The company said an increase in demand, and a push to increase automation in the manufacturing process, has led to move at its Fremont, Ohio, headquarters.

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