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Explosion at CATL’s China lithium-ion recycling plant kills one

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 10:50 -- Paul Crompton

An explosion at a China recycling plant owned by lithium-ion battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) killed one person and injured 19 more on 7 January.

The 120,000 tonne capacity plant in the Hunan Province is run by Brunp Recycling Technology, a unit of Guangdong Brunp Recycling Technology, which in turn is a subsidiary of CATL.

Brunp said in a statement on WeChat the explosion was caused by waste aluminum foil igniting in the waste disposal unit.

The company is set to conduct investigations for additional potential dangers and ensure safe production going forward.

The factory recycles batteries from home appliances, PCs, smartphones and for vehicles (mainly scrap generated at battery factories), at a ratio of 1 to 1.

A CATL representative is reported to have said the incident would have limited impact on its production and operations, and the company would strengthen the implementation of safety responsibilities and safety management. 

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