Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Market worth $35.1 billion by 2031 – At a CAGR of 20.6%

According to a new market research report, the “Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Industry by Source (Automotive, Non-automotive), Battery Chemistry, Battery Components, Recycling Process (Hydrometallurgical Process, Pyrometallurgy Process, Physical/ Mechanical Process), and Region – Global Forecast to 2031”, is projected to grow from USD 6.5 billion in 2022 to USD 35.1 billion by 2031, at a CAGR of 20.6%. The growing demand for electric vehicles to control the rising pollution levels has spurred the consumption of lithium-ion batteries. Since these have lower self-discharge rates than other rechargeable cells such as Ni-Cad and NiMH, they offer high energy and power density and are thus used in various applications, from cellular phones, industrial equipment, to electric-drive vehicles.


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Companies such as Umicore (Belgium), Glencore (Switzerland), Cirba Solutions (US), Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (China), and RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. (Canada) fall under the winners’ category. These are leading players in the lithium-ion battery recycling market, globally. These players have adopted the strategies of partnership, agreement, acquisition, and expansion to increase their market shares.


Recent Developments in Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Market

In February 2023, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited, Mercedes-Benz, and GEM Co., Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding for the recycling of cobalt, nickel, manganese, and lithium metals from spent EV batteries of Mercedes-Benz and remanufacture them into battery cathode materials.

In September 2022, Fortum founded Fortum Batterie Recycling GmbH in Germany to provide safe and sustainable electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling in central Europe.

In May 2022, Li-Cycle Corp. received an investment of USD 200 million from Glencore to support its upcoming recycling plants.

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Umicore – Umicore is a global materials technology and recycling group which operates one of the world’s most sophisticated precious metal recycling facilities. The company manages its lithium-ion battery recycling business through the recycling segment. Umicore offers recycling services for lithium-ion, lithium-polymer, and nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries. It caters to various applications, including chemical, electric, electronic, automotive, and special glass. Umicore has a strong global presence with operations in 30 countries and comprises 14 research & development centers. It has a strong and focused research & development team working on areas of improvement and developing new plant technologies.


Glencore – Glencore is among the world’s largest recyclers and processors of nickel-bearing and cobalt-bearing materials such as used lithium-ion batteries. The company manages its lithium-ion battery recycling business through the metals & minerals segment. Glencore comprises over 150 mining & metallurgical sites and offshore oil production assets. It has a network of over 90 offices in 50 countries in major regions, such as Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania, which provides the company a competitive edge over its competitors.


Cirba Solutions – Cirba Solutions, formerly known as Retriev Technologies, is among the global leaders in battery recycling and management services. In October 2021, Retriev Technologies acquired Battery Solution, a provider of sustainable solutions for end-of-life batteries and later merged with Heritage Battery Recycling to become the largest lithium-ion battery recycler in North America. Through its recycling technology, the company recycles five types of batteries, which are lead-acid, NiCad & NiMH, lithium-ion, primary lithium, and alkaline batteries. It has six processing locations, including two lithium-ion operations across North America to recover metals such as lithium, iron, cobalt, and nickel, as well as plastics from spent lithium-ion batteries.


Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited – Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited is an energy company catering to passenger vehicles, commercial applications, energy storage systems, and battery recycling. The company engages in lithium-ion battery recycling through its subsidiary, Guangdong Brunp Recycling Technology (China). It recovers nickel, cobalt, manganese, and lithium from spent digital batteries and auto power batteries. Its waste battery disposal capacity is approximately 120,000 tons per annum and generates nickel manganese cobalt hydroxides (Ternary precursor), nickel manganese acid lithium cobalt (Ternary material), lithium cobalt oxide, cobalt chloride, nickel sulfate, and cobaltous sulfate, with more than 99% recovery rate. Its battery recycling network covers China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the Americas.


RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. – RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc., earlier known as American Manganese Inc., is engaged in recycling battery cathode waste in lithium-ion batteries. It accepts various battery chemistries, including lithium iron phosphate (LFP), lithium manganese oxide (LMO), nickel manganese cobalt (NMC), nickel cobalt aluminum (NCA), and lithium cobalt oxide (LCO). The company recycles cathode scrap or black mass by applying its patented hydrometallurgical cathode recovery process: The RecycLiCo Patented Process can extract up to 100% of lithium, nickel, manganese, and cobalt. These extracted metals are upcycled into higher value battery materials, which are utilized in new lithium-ion battery production. Also, the company has an interest in exploration and development of minerals. It is majorly operational across North America.


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