Stellantis unveils cutting-edge circular economy initiative with recycling Hub in Turin, driving efforts in circular economy

  • Stellantis launches the “Sustainera Circular Economy Hub” at the Mirafiori plant in Turin.
  • Centre focuses on circular economy, specialising in remanufacturing motors, gearboxes, and high-voltage batteries for EVs.
  • Offers services such as overhauling and dismantling of vehicles for a sustainable automotive future.

Stellantis drives circular progress, unveiling its innovative recycling Hub in Turin

At the Mirafiori plant in Turin, Stellantis has unveiled its ‘Sustainera Circular Economy Hub’, dedicated to the remanufacture of motors, gearboxes, and high-voltage batteries for EVs, alongside comprehensive overhauls and dismantling services for vehicles in a sustainable stride toward circular innovation.

The facility’s capabilities are set to grow, building on its existing prowess. Stellantis has been on a roll, establishing a battery technology centre at the Mirafiori plant in September. In the realm of EV battery recycling, the automaker forged a partnership with Orano a month ago. Recent announcements include a battery supply agreement and the exciting prospect of a joint venture with CATL, marking Stellantis’ commitment to innovation.

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The new facility, covering over 73,000 m², is a testament to forward-thinking. Leading by example, Stellantis recycled over 5,000 tonnes of metal from obsolete assets during construction, incorporating elements from an old facility. Currently boasting a workforce of 170 up skilled employees, the site envisions a robust expansion, with plans to grow to around 550 people by 2025 when the facility hits full operations.

Stellantis is charting a transformative course with its new tech centre, prioritising the goal of prolonging the life of parts and vehicles. The subsequent phases include the recycling of components, end-of-life vehicle dismantling, and the integration of reusable parts back into the manufacturing loop for crafting new vehicles and components. This ambitious agenda is achieved through the facility’s four distinct activity sections: Remanufacturing, a cutting-edge sorting centre, vehicle reconditioning, and vehicle dismantling.

Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, said:

“The Circular Economy Hub brings together a powerhouse of skills and activities aimed at creating a high-performing centre of excellence in Europe. We are industrializing the recovery and sustainable reuse of materials, building new technologies and advanced capabilities as we grow in this area.” Stellantis Chairman John Elkann added: “This additional investment of our company here in Turin demonstrates the commitment of Stellantis to Italy in the context of the evolution of our industry, and also the ability of our communities to renew themselves by building their future.”

Stellantis is steering ahead in Turin with recycling targets that outpace the European Union’s formulated raw material requirements for vehicle manufacturers. This commitment not only underscores Stellantis’ dedication to sustainable practices but also positions the company as a trailblazer in the pursuit of a greener automotive future, setting a new standard for environmental responsibility within the industry.

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