The former head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Stephen Johnson is to chair the advisory board of novel electrolyte technology company Tydrolyte.
Tydrolyte said the newly-formed advisory board would support the company in its “mission to replace toxic sulfuric acid in the US$40 billion-dollar lead battery market with a better performing, non-toxic substitute”.
Indian lead producer and exporter Gravita has confirmed plans to expand its lead-acid battery scrap processing operations overseas with two new facilities in Africa.
Gravita said it has acquired land for a plant in Ghana and “construction activities are in process” with a view to starting operations by March 2019.
Lead-acid battery maker Enersys is to acquire the US-based Alpha Technologies in a US$750 million deal to create “the only complete power solution provider for broadband, telecom and energy storage systems”.
Enersys said it had entered into an agreement to acquire all issued and outstanding shares and certain assets of select entities belonging to the Alpha Technologies group of companies.
Lead-acid batteries and lithium raw materials have been dragged into the now highly-charged trade tariffs bust-up between the US and China.
President Donald Trump has ordered that “lead-acid batteries of any kind” be included in a new list of $200 billion worth of Chinese imports subject to tariffs of 10%.
Austria-based lead batteries veteran Banner has booked record sales of more than EUR300 million ($348m) for the first time in the firm’s 80-year history.
The company said revenue for the year ended March 2018 was up 11% over the previous year— with growth driven by “strong demand for starter batteries for start-stop vehicles”.
Battery industry chiefs have warned that a fresh assault on lead by European regulators risks “short-circuiting” proposals for an EU batteries revolution.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECA) said on 27 June it was adding lead metal to the EU REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) candidate list of substances requiring authorisation.