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Battery smelter stops lead production as COVID-19 and mild winter strikes markets

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 09:55 -- Paul Crompton

German firm Weser-Metall stopped production at its primary lead smelter until further notice as demand from battery makers slumped amid temporarily halts in operations at global car plants.  

The decision by the Recylex-owned firm on 26 March was made to allow the firm to “adapt to the sharp drop in demand, particularly in the automotive industry, and in a context of sharp drop in metal prices”.

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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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