Indian lead producer and recycler Gravita has started commercial production of lead from its new battery scrap recycling plant in Tanzania, East Africa.
The company said its Gravita Tanzania subsidiary has a production capacity of around 3,000 metric tonnes per annum and the facility is the group’s first “export oriented recycling plant” in the country.
Gravita said the plant “will cater to the needs of diversified lead dealers and industries globally”, support domestic industry and boost the group’s impact on the world lead supply market.
The company is expecting turnover of around US$300 million from the plant over the 2019-20 financial year.
Gravita said earlier this year it planned to open a total of nine new lead battery scrap sourcing centres in Africa— to feed its expanding recycling operations on the continent and boost the group’s bottom line.
In 2018, Gravita’s Jaipur-based lead smelting operation, which recycles used lead batteries and aluminium scrap, became the first Indian business to join the International Lead Association.