The US Battery Council International (BCI) association and the China Battery Industry Association (CBIA) have teamed up to jointly represent the interests of the lead-acid industry.
“Because BCI and CBIA’s members comprise 70% of the lead-acid battery manufacturing companies in the world, this partnership will create a unified voice for the industry and allow both associations to better serve their members,” said Mark Thorsby, executive vice-president of BCI.
The BCI trade association represents 250 lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies with 35,000 employees in total.
The Chinese government is currently considering setting up a fund to subsidise lead producers using recycled lead-acid batteries. Recycled lead accounted for almost 30% of the country’s refined output in 2013. The CBIA asked the government to give more information about how other countries handle used lead-acid batteries and how the fund would work.