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Global partnership to protect children from lead exposure announced

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 13:43 -- Paul Crompton

US non-profit organsiation Pure Earth, Clarios Foundation and UNICEF have begun a three-year partnership to prevent children being exposed to lead from informal smelting operations. 

The organisations will work together as founding partners of the Protecting Every Child’s Potential (PECP) initiative, which aims to mobilise international action to prevent lead contamination. 

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Gridtential and LOLC partner to develop bipolar lead battery technology

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:53 -- Paul Crompton

US firm Gridtential Energy has entered into a technology evaluation agreement with LOLC Advanced Technologies to develop bipolar lead batteries using technology from both firms.

Under the agreement, the companies will collaborate on prototyping lead batteries using Gridential’s Silicon Joule™ bipolar silicon plates and LOLC’s graphene additive AltaLABGX, which is applied to active material.

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Battery giant Leoch buys out UK lead battery distributor DBS Leoch

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 12:20 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based lead battery distributer DBS Leoch has been bought by its existing parent company, the China multi-national lead battery maker Leoch International Holding.

The battery supplier has changed its name to Leoch Battery UK and will continue to target both the industrial and lifestyle markets. 

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STC in final stages of commissioning a bespoke lead-acid battery recycling plant in Nigeria

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 12:05 -- Paul Crompton

Italian lead battery recycler STC is in the final commissioning stage of a five tonnes/h plant in Nigeria.

STC designed, built and supplied the complete lead-acid battery recycling plant for the Nigerian company Green Recycling Industries based in Agbara, Ogun State.

The final start-up of the whole plant is expected by the end of August.

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Battery associations launch initiative to ensure lead-battery industry’s positive global impact

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:34 -- Paul Crompton

Lead and lead-battery industry groups have adopted seven guiding principles designed to serve as a best practice in the protection of workers and the industry’s wider environmental impact. 

The groups will develop performance indicators and policies to ensure continuous improvement in the management of lead exposure and emissions and minimise the environmental impact of used lead batteries. 

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BCI’s first in-house lawyer highlights issues affecting lead battery industry

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:07 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery organisation Battery Council International (BCI) has hired its first in-house lawyer to lead regulatory and legislative efforts, it was announced on 7 January.

Roger Miksad was hired as senior vice president and general counsel after a decade of working for the Chicago, US, based organisation as a member of David Weinberg’s team at Wiley Rein. 

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Battery firms partner to test the benefits of silicon current collectors in lead batteries

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 14:34 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery firms Gridtential Energy and Hoppecke Battery have entered into a technology evaluation agreement to test the performance capabilities of bipolar batteries.

During the next few months, the firms will collaborate on assembly and testing of the performance capabilities of using US firm Gridential’s Silicon Joule™ bipolar in lead batteries. 

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Traditional Indonesian ceremony marks start of Entek's battery separator expansion plans in Asia

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 14:28 -- Paul Crompton

Lead and lithium-ion battery separators firm Entek International has broken ground on its Indonesian plant as the company and partner NSG expands capacity of battery separator production in the region.

Entek-NSG, a joint venture with the Japan-based AGM and PE seperator material supplier NSG, began construction with a ribbon cutting and traditional prayer ceremony. 

The firms aim to double output capacity by 2021 to more than 90 million square metres at the plant, with commissioning of the new line scheduled for Q1 of 2021. 

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Chinese lead recycler voices plans to enter lead-acid battery making market

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 11:11 -- Paul Crompton

China’s largest lead producer, Henan Yuguang Gold and Lead, has announced plans to set up a lead-acid battery production line as part of a downstream expansion. 

The firm, based in Henan province, has not decided on a capacity or location for the plant, news outlet Reuters has reported.

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Gravita launches Ghana lead production plant

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:06 -- John Shepherd
Gravita launches Ghana lead production plant

Indian lead producer and recycler Gravita has launched commercial production of lead from a subsidiary operation in Ghana, West Africa.

Recycler Ghana Limited said the US$3.1 million Ghana facility has an initial production capacity of 6,000 metric tonnes per annum (MTPA). An additional 6,000 MTPA capacity is set to come on stream at the plant from July 2019.

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