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EU red tape ‘risks exporting battery jobs’, ILA warns

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Thousands of battery jobs risk being axed in Europe and ‘exported’ to overseas competitors as a result of unnecessary and restrictive legislation, lead-acid industry bosses have warned.

A European Commission proposal for an “in-effect ban” on the use of four chemical compounds, mainly used in the manufacture of lead batteries, is still on the table, the head of the International Lead Association (ILA) Dr Andy Bush has warned.

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GS Yuasa backs Thai lead-acid boost

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:24 -- Xuan Zhong
GS Yuasa backs Thai lead-acid boost

Thailand’s Siam GS Battery is reportedly preparing to ramp up lead-acid battery production to meet increasing demand at home and across Southeast Asia.

Siam GS, a joint venture between majority partner, Japan lead-acid firm GS Yuasa Corporation and Thailand’s Siam Motors, is investing around $30 million in the expansion, according to the Bangkok Post.

 

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‘Irrational Trump will hurt US’ with battery tariffs plan— China

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:31 -- John Shepherd
‘Irrational Trump will hurt US’ with battery tariffs plan— China

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%. 

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Start-stop drives record sales for Banner

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 12:15 -- Xuan Zhong
Start-stop drives record sales for Banner

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”.

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EU lead ban ‘backward step for batteries revolution’

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 13:43 -- Xuan Zhong
EU lead ban ‘backward step for batteries revolution’

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.

 

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US training boost for next lead-acid generation

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:01 -- Xuan Zhong
US training boost for next lead-acid generation

A pioneering programme to nurture tomorrow’s generation of professionals for the expanding US lead-acid sector is under way in Missouri backed by lead recycling firm Doe Run.

St Louis-based Doe Run has already stepped up hiring in 2017 and 2018 for its mining and lead battery recycling operations.

 

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China urged to ‘scrap substandard secondary lead plants’

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 11:16 -- John Shepherd
China urged to ‘scrap substandard secondary lead plants’

Authorities in China are being urged to shut down “substandard” secondary lead production facilities as part of moves to boost the recycling of lead-acid batteries.

China’s lead consumption largely depends on the use of secondary lead, the chairman of the China Industrial Alliance of Renewable Energy, Li Shilong, told the Shanghai Metals Market Lead Zinc Summit in Guangxi Province.

 

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Gravita signs ‘sustainable’ lead deal with Amara Raja

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 09:25 -- John Shepherd
Gravita signs ‘sustainable’ lead deal with Amara Raja

Indian lead producer and exporter Gravita has signed a recycling agreement with the country’s industrial and automotive battery producer Amara Raja Batteries.

The contract for lead-acid battery scrap collection and recycling was part of a “joint initiative toward environmental protection and sustainability”, Gravita said in a National Stock Exchange of India announcement.

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East Penn signs electrode tech deal with ArcActive

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 09:08 -- John Shepherd
East Penn signs electrode tech deal with ArcActive

East Penn Manufacturing has signed a commercial arrangement with New Zealand-based ArcActive to further develop carbon fibre electrode technology for lead batteries.

East Penn chief operations officer Bob Flicker (pictured) said the move will allow the lead-acid producer to “scale up the manufacture and testing of batteries” using ArcActive’s electrodes.

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German research to ‘safeguard future’ of lead-acid

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 08:57 -- John Shepherd
German research to ‘safeguard future’ of lead-acid

The German government is backing research in the country designed to help “safeguard the future of lead-acid batteries”.

Goals of the AddESun project include helping the lead industry to achieve “more sustainable production, improved charging behaviour, longer service life and higher power density”.

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