The use of lead-acid and nickel-cadmium batteries in the UK is declining year-on-year, if figures by the Environment Agency are to be believed.
The amount of lead-acid batteries placed on the market fell by 128 tonnes in 2015 from 2,338 tonnes in 2014.
China's lead-acid and lithium-ion battery industries recorded double-digit growth in 2013 while nickel-metal hydride and nickel-cadmium exports fell, according to a report by SinoMarketInsight.
The report, 'China Battery Industry Report 2014-2017', states the yield of lead-acid batteries in China was 205m kVA, 15.4% more than 2012. This is somewhat of a rebound following the 2011 crackdown on what the Chinese government euphemistically called 'backward lead-acid and secondary lead industry production capacities'.