The International Lead Association’s managing director Dr Andy Bush has reached the milestone of 25 years working for the Association that supports the global lead battery industry.
Bush has led the Association for lead producers for the past 11 years, and was previously its science manager from 2014-11.
Bush joined ILA as a technical officer in March 1997, the same year the association began using email and the internet.
Bush said it had been a privilege to work alongside so many companies and individuals who share ILA’s vision for a sustainable future for lead, many of whom continue to provide invaluable insight and support, and all of whom make a positive impact on the future success of the industry.
He said: “The lead industry has made huge strides. Lead is a metal that continues to play an essential role in products we all rely on and which will make a positive impact on the way we live in the future.
“Its unique properties continue to make it invaluable in battery energy storage and, thanks to the services of the lead industry, it is the most highly recycled consumer product, a model for the circular economy.
“The industry’s commitment to safe, responsible recycling for a sustainable future has remained both a constant focus for the industry and a personal priority.”
During the past 25 years lead demand has grown from six million tonnes in 1997 to more than 12 million tonnes in 2021, primarily due to increased global utilisation of lead batteries in automotive applications and, increasingly, in energy storage applications supporting decarbonisation.