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Battery makers take safety case for lead to regulators

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:09 -- Xuan Zhong
Battery makers take safety case for lead to regulators

Lead industry leaders in California are to hold talks with regulators as part of a review of lead-acid batteries under the state’s ‘safer consumer products’ (SCP) initiative.

State governor Jerry Brown (pictured) ordered the review last year in the wake of the closure of Exide Technologies’ troubled Vernon lead-acid battery recycling plant.

 

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Exide hires new information officer to drive digital expansion

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 13:24 -- Paul Crompton
Exide hires new information officer to drive digital expansion

Lead-acid firm Exide Technologies has hired a new chief of information and digital officer to bring the ‘New Exide’ into the internet age.

The US firm announced Sean Burke would lead the company’s global Information Technology (IT) team, from it’s European headquarters in France.

Ironically the press release about a new information officer was soaked in jargon, or what George Orwell might have described as doublespeak.

Burke will drive ‘digitization of functional processes’, the company’s ‘enterprise applications’, ‘customer integration’ and ‘end user workplace environment’, stated the press release.

It continued that Burke would also be responsible for helping drive growth by implementing an effective digital experience across all business and customer/consumer touch points in each business segment.

Perhaps that is just corporate speak for redesigning their website while making Exide’s products easier to buy via the internet.

The press release continued: “Burke will work closely with the company’s marketing teams around the world to develop disruptive, market-leading digital offers to accompany and add value to Exide’s stored energy solutions.”

The newshound was still slightly confused, until the company’s president and chief executive officer, Vic Koelsch cleared the matter up.

Referring to ‘The New Exide’ Koelsch said the move increased the company’s efficiency, agility and ability to deliver superior customer services and solutions.

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Promotion at Pb-A firm Exide

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 12:15 -- Paul Crompton
Promotion at Pb-A firm Exide

US lead-acid firm Exide Technologies has awarded its vice president with a promotion to help the company rebuild its our brand and market presence.

Brad S. Kalter has been named as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the firm after serving the company’s global battery manufacturing and energy storage business for more than 12 years.

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California keeps up the squeeze on Exide

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:13 -- Gerry Woolf
California keeps up the squeeze on Exide

Troubled lead acid battery maker Exide Technologies Inc. is asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware to reject a California agency's attempt to seek additional environmental penalties after it has been formally discharged from bankruptcy proceedings.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is seeking to have the court amend the terms of the bankruptcy exit so that additional parties can submit financial claims that could cost the company another $20 million.

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Exide faces $80m bill as new lawsuit filed

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 10:50 -- Paul Crompton
Exide faces $80m bill as new lawsuit filed

Lead-acid firm Exide Technologies has been hit with $20 million of additional fines for alleged excess emissions of lead and arsenic.

The third amendment to the civil lawsuit filed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) on May 28 brings the total penalties up to at least $80 million.

SCAQMD filed its original lawsuit against Exide in January 2014.  A second amended complaint filed on February 18 sought at least $60 million in penalties.

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New CEO at Pb-A firm Exide

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 10:31 -- Paul Crompton
New CEO at Pb-A firm Exide

The Board of Directors of lead-acid battery manufacturer Exide Technologies has appointed a new President and Chief Executive Officer.

Victor Koelsch will also join the company’s Board of Directors when he officially begins at the company on June 22.

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Bankruptcy court rules in favour of PB-A firm Exide

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:29 -- Paul Crompton
Bankruptcy court rules in favour of PB-A firm Exide

Troubled US lead-acid battery company Exide Technologies’ plan of reorganisation has been confirmed by the U.S. bankruptcy court.

The ruling allows Exide to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy once it meets all the conditions of the plan, which includes obtaining closing on exit financing.

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Exide hires senior executives to deal with Vernon clean-up

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 09:29 -- Laura Varriale
Exide facility in Vernon

Exide Technologies has appointed two senior executives to boost efforts to upgrade its under-fire recycling facility in Vernon, California.

Thomas Strang has been hired as Vice President Environment Health & Safety and Charles Giesige is the new Vice President of Recycling Operations of the lead-acid battery manufacturer and recycler.

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Californian air-quality board cracks the whip on Exide Technologies

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:10 -- Ruth Williams
Fierce public outcry has put Exide in the environmental spotlight for several years. The company has pledged to spend $7m on upgrades to the recycling plant.

Stricter emission guidelines have been approved by the Californian air-quality management agency to regulate arsenic and other toxic substances from lead-acid battery recycling plants.

The revised targets mean Exide Technologies’ Vernon smelter plant and Quemetco’s battery recycling plant in Industry must adhere to new requirements from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The restrictions limit arsenic emissions to 11.3 kg per year until 2015 and 4.5 kg per year thereafter. Benzine emissions must be limited to 204 kg per year. The ambient concentration of arsenic cannot exceed 10 nanograms per cubic meter.

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Exide plant demolition begins

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 17:16 -- Ruth Williams
Exide Technologies Baton Rouge Recycling Centre

Exide’s disused lead-acid battery recycling plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US is being demolished. The facility has sat idle since 2009 when Exide asked the local Department of Environmental Quality to pause production, a procedure that should begin the permanent closure of the plant.

Exide had to apply for extensions to remain out of action while economic conditions were unfavourable for operation. Extensions were granted in 2009, 10 and 11 but denied in 2012 because the company was unable to prove market conditions would become ripe for restarting the site within 12 months. The demolition begun at the end of October and is expected to be completed by December 1st

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