US firm 3M and LG Chem have joined forces to expand the use of nickel, cobalt, manganese (NCM) in lithium-ion batteries.
The new patent licence agreement aims to accelerate the adoption of NCM technology in electric vehicles, said 3M Electronics Materials Division business manager Christian Milker.
Battery manufacturers Accutronics, based in Birmingham UK, have been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership award for a joint project with Birmingham’s Aston University Business School.
Accutronics, who design, develop and manufacturer nickel metal hydride and lithium-ion batteries, joined with Aston for the two-year project to demonstrate how academic advancements could be used as a practical business tool.
Prabhjit Singh Chugh of Aston University spent time at Accutronics on the team where he was able to develop a new approach to managing operational improvements in a very customer driven way. Martin May of Aston University described Prabhjit’s role as to “present a project in partnership with the host business to attract government funding. The university provides some supervision and mentorship, as, of course, does Accutronics.”
The KTP project aims to build and strengthen relationships between academic establishments, businesses and the community.
Gareth Hancox, KTP project supervisor said: “This project was aimed at developing and implementing an operational strategy, which, together with all necessary processes and facilities would assist to support and grow the increasingly complex product range within Accutronics.” He hopes it will continue to improve Accutronics reputation and enable the company to meet the challenges of performance requirements.
Key achievements in the first year of the project have included the definition of operations performance targets for existing and new markets and the identification of over one hundred improvement actions in the business process.