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Vargo takes over at Exide Technologies as Koelsch steps down

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 12:55 -- Hugh Finzel
Tim Vargo

US-based lead-acid giant Exide Technologies has named Timothy Vargo as president and chief executive officer to succeed Vic Koelsch.

Exide said on 14 November Vargo (pictured) had been appointed with immediate effect after Koelsch stepped down. The outgoing CEO will remain as an adviser to Vargo until the end of 2018.

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Leclanché joins marine energy storage partnership

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché has been selected to supply “customised marine energy storage” systems for Norway-based technology group Kongsberg.

Through this partnership, Leclanché will deliver “one of the largest single marine battery system orders to date” for nine vessels totalling 45 megawatt-hours of capacity.

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Lithium creep into forklifts grows

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:25 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
Lithium creep into forklifts grows

The growing impact of lithium-ion power in the traditional lead acid traction market could be seen last week at Modex in Atlanta— a major US supply chain trade fair.

Exide, one of the USA’s big four and predominantly lead-acid makes, launched a lithium-ion battery aimed the forklift  and autonomous guided vehicle market while Navitas announced a lithium-ion deal with Hyster— one of the largest global players in materials handling equipment.

 

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ALABC-Exide launch energy storage project

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:06 -- News Editor
ALABC-Exide launch energy storage project

The Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) and Exide Spain are launching a two-year study into the use of carbon nano materials in the positive active mass.

The objective of the new project “is to investigate potential significant benefits, such as improved energy efficiency and cycle life for lead batteries in energy storage applications, through the use of nano-carbon on the positive plate”, the ALABC said.

 

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Exide’s lead-acid Marine Batteries Approved by DNV GL

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 13:27 -- Paul Crompton
Exide’s lead-acid Marine Batteries Approved by DNV GL

 Battery giant Exide Technologies has obtained type approval for 24 of its lead-acid marine and leisure batteries from DNV GL

The international certification body approved four new Exide AGM batteries for the first time following independent tests to determine if the products meet the highest standards of safety and reliability at sea. 

Twenty of the US firm’s GEL and AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries were reapproved, four years after first achieving the status.

As part of the certification process, DNV GL travelled to Exide’s factories in Spain, Germany, Italy and the United States, examining quality controls and the standard of batteries produced at each location.

“We are very proud of this accomplishment. DNV GL certification is the ultimate endorsement for a marine product, showing that meticulous care went into every detail,” said Michael Geiger, VP Sales & Marketing – EMEA at Exide Technologies.

The stringent certification process must be repeated every four years to ensure continued compliance.

Exide ups AGM production in Poland

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:41 -- Paul Crompton
Exide ups AGM production in Poland

American battery manufacturer Exide Technologies has added additional capacity for production lead-acid batteries at its plant in Poznań, Poland

In the company’s biggest European investment project to date, it has added EIRICH machines to boost production of its Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries.

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Exide closes Pb-A battery recycling plant to avoid prosecution

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 14:39 -- Paul Crompton
Exide closes Pb-A battery recycling plant to avoid prosecution

Exide Technologies is to close its troubled Vernon lead-acid battery recycling plant after entering into an non-prosecution agreement with US officials.

The plant will permanently close following a deal with the Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California that resolves the USAO’s criminal investigation into Exide. 

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Exide hit with 8 toxic waste violations at its lead-acid US recycling plant

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:07 -- Paul Crompton
Exide hit with 8 toxic waste violations at its lead-acid US recycling plant

American lead-acid battery manufacturer Exide Technologies has received eight violations for failing to protect against toxic waste spills at its battery recycling plant in Vernon.

An inspection by the Californian Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inspectors on 20 and 21 January, 2015, and oversight activities on 12 December, 2014 revealed incidents of non-compliance with Exide’s hazardous waste permit at the plant during an inspection of the facility.

Among the most serious violations observed by DTSC inspectors was treatment of contaminated sludge in tanks that Exide is not authorised to operate at its Vernon facility.

Inspectors also found evidence the company had failed to sufficiently protect against spills in an area where it stores materials including battery acid.

Exide recovers lead from lead bearing plant scrap and secondary materials, primarily from lead-acid battery manufacturers. These activities require a hazardous waste facility permit from DTSC.

Exide is one of only two lead-acid battery-recycling plants west of the Rocky Mountains in western America.

The Vernon plant had a capacity of recovering 100,000 to 120,000 tons of lead per year, equivalent to recycling 11 million car batteries, according to the DTSC website.

In a statement Exide said it is working to fix the violations and was set to spend $15 million to upgrade the Vernon plant, total bringing its total investment in environmental, health and safety measures at the Vernon facility to $35 million since 2010.

Tom Strang, vice president, environment health and safety for the Americas at Exide Technologies, as said: “The company is already taking action pursuant to the Notice and will continue to work with the DTSC so that all applicable standards and protocols are met. We intend to operate a premier recycling facility.”

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