More than 900 delegates from 47 countries have signed up for the 20th Asian Battery Conference and exhibition in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in September. Event organiser and conference chair Mark Stevenson told BEST: “The interest from battery producers has been fantastic.
“The secondary lead conference will be the largest ever held, with attendance for all facets of the industry: smelters, battery companies, suppliers and metal/concentrate suppliers.”
Stevenson has lined up a wide range of speakers – 59 listed so far on the website – covering an eclectic range of topics from lead-acid batteries in Asia, future lead supplies, the EU batteries regulation, polyethelene separator high-temperature endurance testing, research and optimisation of paste formulation, battery water loss, lead-acid technology for e-rickshaws, dual chemistry power, and more.
The parallel 8th International Secondary Lead Conference (ISLC) is dedicated to recycling and recovery of lead-acid, lithium-ion and other battery chemicals. One of its highlights is a roundtable discussion on understanding slag.
Stevenson said slag is one of the lead industry’s significant, if not greatest, enigma and challenge to a smelting operation. At the 6th ISLC four years ago, there was a strong desire among delegates for a coordinated effort to understand and study slag.
The two conferences together are what Stevenson thinks makes them stand out – and the exhibition is sold out. “A bit like putting a movie together; many scenes make a great movie,” he said.
He hopes delegates will take away a better understanding of the industry, learnings and ways to improve their operations and plants, technical interactions with subject matter experts and learning about new equipment and technology.
Photo: Mark Stevenson: “The interest from battery producers has been fantastic.”