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May 5, 2022

Canadian battery recycler teams up with global commodity giant in supply deal for crucial EV metals

Li-Cycle employee wearing safety gear sorting assorted batteries.

Glencore is investing $200 million in Toronto-based Li-Cycle and gets a seat on the board

May 5, 2022

Original article published in Financial Post

Global commodity giant Glencore plc is teaming up with a Toronto battery recycling company to boost the supply of crucial metals for the electric vehicle industry.

Under the long-term supply deal, Glencore will provide Mississauga-based Li-Cycle Holdings Corp with shredded batteries and manufacturing scrap. Li-Cycle will then supply Glencore with lithium, manganese, cobalt and nickel extracted from the waste.

Glencore is investing $200 million in the company and gets a seat on the Li-Cycle board.

Li-Cycle, founded in 2016, has a patented process to extract metals from electronic waste, such as used lithium-ion batteries and discarded earbuds.

It also has announced or started construction on eight plants in four countries, and struck deals with General Motors Co. and South Korean battery manufacturer LG Chem Ltd.

By 2025, Li-Cycle may supply feedstock for 15 per cent of North America’s projected battery manufacturing capacity, according to estimates by analysts at Cowen Inc., an investment bank.