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Nicolas Saenz

Sky-rocketing energy prices pose a vital risk to European recyclers

The dramatic increase in energy prices poses a substantial challenge to the European recycling industries. Major European recycling companies, including SMEs, have already significantly reduced or entirely suspended production. In these exceptional circumstances, the sector is urging policymakers to enact immediate financial aid to prevent significant long-term damage to European recycling.

JARA to integrate parts inventory information across seven member groups, enabling parts searching capability for 5 million items simultaneously

The Japan Automotive Parts Recyclers Association (JAPRA: President: Yukio Sato) aims to build a mutually connecting system to enable parts information sharing systems for its member recyclers by this year. This will be the first time for the industry connects to almost all major parts of information systems across the country.

BASF to build commercial-scale battery recycling black mass plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

BASF will build a commercial-scale battery recycling black mass plant in  Schwarzheide, Germany. This investment strengthens BASF’s cathode active materials (CAM) production and recycling hub in Schwarzheide. The site is an ideal location for the build-up of battery recycling activities given the presence of many EV car manufacturers and cell producers in Central Europe. This investment will create about 30 new production jobs, with the startup planned for early 2024.

Auto manufacturers incorporating NTSB recommendation on EVs

In the US, eight electric vehicle manufacturers have incorporated an NTSB recommendation on improving their emergency response guides and incorporating vehicle-specific information for fighting high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires in electric vehicles (EVs). Honda, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Proterra, Van Hool, Volkswagen and Volvo have successfully completed the actions asked for in the NTSB recommendation.