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Perfect storm threatening to drown North America’s lead-acid industry

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:10 -- Paul Crompton
Perfect storm threatening to drown North America’s lead-acid industry

The lead industry in North America is facing some of the biggest threats to its existence as a perfect storm of extremely bad news and regulatory challenges come to a climax in the next few months, David Weinberg, legal advisor to Battery Council International told its 2016 annual meeting last week.

Weinberg, recognised as one of the USA’s leading environmental law specialists, said the PR storm was probably the worst he had seen in his 30 year relationship with the industry body.

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Fengfan chairman asks for Chinese lead-acid battery tax delay

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:26 -- Paul Crompton
Fengfan chairman asks for Chinese lead-acid battery tax delay

A senior Chinese official has said the lead battery consumption tax levied at the beginning of this year should be delayed or even exempted.

National People’s Congress (NPC) representative Liu Baosheng, who is also the chairman of Chinese lead-acid battery manufacturer Fengfan, said an exemption of the 4% consumption tax would help to relieve downward pressure on the battery industry.

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European cartel fined for decade of lead battery price fixing

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 15:52 -- Paul Crompton
European cartel fined for decade of lead battery price fixing

A lead battery ‘cartel’ has been fined almost €4million ($4.5million) for price fixing during a ten year period in Belgium.

The six firms admitted their part in the cartel following the Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority inquiry.

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ILA to manage ALABC as lead industry aims to unite under single ‘programme of action’

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 15:39 -- Paul Crompton
ILA to manage ALABC as lead industry aims to unite under single ‘programme of action’

The International Lead Association has taken responsibility for the management of the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium as part of a reorganisation of associations supporting the global lead industry.

The new partnership forms part of ILA’s wider strategic goals to unite the entire lead industry under a single, clear and focused global programme of action on lead and lead batteries.

The every day work of the ALABC will carry on as it has done previously through the office in North Carolina, with the ILAproviding management support for ALABC’s three year programme, which is currently in the early stages of development.

 

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ALABC prospectus calls industry to refocus on Pb battery research

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:20 -- Paul Crompton
ALABC prospectus calls industry to refocus on Pb battery research

The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) will join forces with the International Lead Association (ILA) after its members unanimously approved the collaboration.

The ALABC membership agreed to the new relationship with ILA)], as well as the Prospectus for the 2016-18 ALABC research programme, at its semi-annual Steering Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 8th.

ALABC will remain a research body of the association, focusing strictly on fundamental research and battery science.  

It provides a mechanism by which all members of ILA will fund ALABC activities via ILA membership fees. 

It means all ALABC funding goes directly to battery research rather than splitting moneys between R&D and costly (yet successful) demonstration projects, said an ALABC spokesman.

The move allows for pre-competitive lead battery research and innovation to be conducted under a singular management structure.

The prospectus was launched in June (read more on the story here) to collate the major research areas determined by ALABC membership (through recent ILAB meetings in North America and Europe).

The ALABC is now inviting all lead producers, battery manufacturers, component suppliers, carbon producers, application providers, research institutions and any other entities with an interest in the lead battery market to join its 2016-18 program.

 

 

Freezing weather boosts SLI battery sales in US

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 17:07 -- Ruth Williams
The extended cold weather in the US is killing starter batteries

Sales of lead-acid batteries in North America rose 15.2% in December 2013 following the extended period of cold weather.

Shipments of automotive batteries in December 2013 reached 12.2m, which is 15.2% higher than the figure for November.

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Global lead demand on the up

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 16:00 -- Ruth Williams

Global consumption of lead-acid batteries is leading to an increased demand for lead. A study by the International Lead Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) suggests that lead demand will increase 5% for the year 2013 and a further 4.6% in 2014.

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Lead prospects poor following thriving summer

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 12:11 -- Ruth Williams
Lovely lead

Following a prosperous summer, the price of lead on the London Metals Exchange looks shaky.

Lower automobile production in Europe is effecting the demand of lead around the world. Over the past month the value of lead has fallen about US$100 to around US$2125 a tonne (as at 11.09.13). 

Glittering lead prize in Singapore

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 09:49 -- Ruth Williams
Brian Wilson, left, receives lifetime achievement award from David Wilson

Winning lottery cheque? Nobel Peace Prize?  Apple product launch?

No, Brian Wilson (left) receives the International Lead Medal for a lifetime achievement in improving lead battery stewardship from David Wilson at this week's 15ABC in Singapore....

More revelations in next week's BEST Battery Briefing and upcoming Autumn BEST.

The curse of the ABC

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 09:24 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
Skyline of Singapore, safe from the curse of ABC

The curse of ABC has failed to arrive: On the anniversary of 9/11

This year: no breaking news disasters; No terrorism (9/11 - Bali 2001)

No dead Royals (Diana - Bangkok 1997)

No Asian financial crash 

And no missiles anywhere. Instead, record numbers of delegates and the encouraging news that we knew already — the lead industry is pretty much in rude health and that 2/3's of the market is here in Asia. And Brian Wilson got the International Lead Medal — but not for eating cabbage fritters. Confused?  Read the BEST Battery Briefing next week to find out more as our new Editor Tim Probert brings a fresh take on the industry.

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