Germany’s BASF, Finland’s Fortum and Russia’s Nornickel on Friday said they signed an agreement to map out a battery recycling cluster in Finland to cater the electric vehicle market.
“By recycling valuable metals in lithium-ion batteries we reduce the environmental impact of electric car batteries by complementing the supply of cobalt, nickel and other critical metals from primary sources,” Fortum executive Tero Hollaender said.
He added that Fortum was able to raise the recovery rate of valuable materials in lithium-ion batteries, a key component of electric vehicles, to more than 80% from 50%.
By Christoph Steitz
Neste has bought the European rights for Alterra Energy’s liquefaction technology, strengthening its chemical recycling capabilities. Alterra is a US-based company that has developed a thermochemical solution for liquefying difficult-to-recycle plastics.
Lonza appoints Maria Soler Nunez as Head, Group Operations. Maria joins Lonza from Novartis where she has led the quality organization since 2020. Maria will commence her tenure with Lonza Group on 1 August 2022, succeeding Stefan Stoffel, who is retiring from Lonza.
AkzoNobel has announced that Gregoire Poux-Guillaume will become the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as of November 1, 2022. He will succeed Thierry Vanlancker, who has been CEO and member of the Board of Management since 2017, and whose term of office is coming to an end.