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China keeps the faith in lead to bring home the bacon

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Chinese new year officially started this week, heralding the ‘year of the pig’— for those unfamiliar with the Chinese zodiac.

In Chinese culture, pigs have been seen as wealth symbols, and whether you believe in all that or not, a propitious period for lead-acid is certainly in the stars.

Beijing has declared its lead-acid industry part of the country’s economic ‘backbone’ and is now going to crack down on illegal lead recycling to ensure its reinvigorated lead battery industry has the eco-friendly credentials to match.

China's increasing battery dominance over Europe has been highlighted in this week's BEST Battery Briefing by the owner of Saft, who said that Europe has already "lost its edge".

But perhaps all is not lost, as Poland continues to be a magnet for battery ventures from both Asia and Europe, with Mercedes the latest to roll into town, as BBB also reports.

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