Neometals - Mercedes-Benz Partnership


Announcement 10/01/2023

Introduction: Neometals Ltd.'s recent partnership with Mercedes-Benz signifies a noteworthy development in battery recycling technology. This article delves into the details of their collaboration, focusing on the hydrometallurgical refining plant that Neometals will be setting up for Mercedes-Benz. We aim to provide an informative overview of what this means for the industry and the environment.

Key Highlights:

  1. Collaboration Overview: Neometals Ltd., through its subsidiary Primobius GmbH, has agreed to provide Mercedes-Benz with a hydrometallurgical plant for lithium-ion battery (LiB) recycling. Located in Kuppenheim, Germany, this plant is a critical component of Mercedes-Benz's strategy to enhance its electric vehicle production through sustainable practices.

  2. Financial and Operational Details: The contract, valued at €18.8 million (about A$30.8 million), involves the construction, installation, and commissioning of the plant. It complements the existing 2500tpa 'Spoke' shredding plant, forming a comprehensive battery recycling solution. The Hub plant will process 'Black Mass' from the Spoke facility, extracting valuable materials for reuse.

  3. Technological Significance: This project highlights the advanced technology developed by Primobius GmbH for LiB recycling. It showcases a scalable and environmentally friendly method to recover essential materials like lithium, nickel, and cobalt from used batteries. This technology is crucial for reducing waste and promoting circular economy principles in the automotive sector.

  4. Implications for the Future: The successful operation of the Kuppenheim plant will serve as a model for future battery recycling projects. It has the potential to mitigate the environmental impact of electric vehicle production by reducing the need for new mining operations and lowering the carbon footprint associated with battery manufacturing.

  5. Broader Industry Impact: The Neometals and Mercedes-Benz partnership reflects a growing trend in the automotive industry towards sustainable practices. It's a significant step in addressing the end-of-life issue for electric vehicle batteries and could encourage similar initiatives across the industry.

This note was based on facts from the company update dated 10/1/2024.

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