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Lead ‘not disappearing any time soon’, battery experts told

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:39 -- John Shepherd
Lead ‘not disappearing any time soon’, battery experts told

Lead-acid batteries will continue to be a mainstay of the automotive market into the next decade— despite increasing focus on lithium-powered electric vehicles, a battery and raw materials expert has said.

Christophe Pillot (pictured), a partner and director of French consultancy firm Avicenne Energy, said lead-acid “will not disappear” as carmakers increase development of EVs.

 

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India’s Gravita gets Luminous lead order

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:20 -- John Shepherd
India’s Gravita gets Luminous lead order

Indian lead battery recycling group Gravita has won an order worth around $46 million from lead-acid manufacturer Luminous Power Technologies.

Gravita, which is also one of the country’s largest lead producers, did not respond to BBB’s request for details of the order to India-based Luminous— part of the Schneider Electric group.

 

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Octogenarian Banner invests to stay in lead-acid fast lane

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:08 -- Xuan Zhong
Octogenarian Banner invests to stay in lead-acid fast lane

Austrian lead-acid veteran Banner is marking 80 years in the business with plans to expand its workforce and production capacity.

The company said it has already invested more than EUR50 million ($60.6m) in its Leonding manufacturing plant over the past six years— and has committed a further EUR15m to expand production capacity.

 

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Monbat books lead sales boost

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:52 -- Xuan Zhong
Monbat books lead sales boost

Bulgarian lead-acid battery manufacturer Monbat has posted a near 30% increase in sales for the 11 months up to November 2017 over the year-ago period.

Monbat said the group’s consolidated net sales for the period amounted to the equivalent of  around $186m— representing an increase of 27.90% over the same period in 2016.

 

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New GS Yuasa Europe chief eyes lead storage

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:16 -- John Shepherd
New GS Yuasa Europe chief eyes lead storage

The new head of European operations for Japan-based GS Yuasa has told BBB the battery maker is looking at opportunities to expand the role of lead-acid in the energy storage business.

Andrew Taylor (pictured), who has been promoted to MD and CEO of GS Yuasa Battery Europe, said: “We are looking at some of the applications for energy storage, especially for new lead-acid technology that we believe can play a part. We’re already seeing some of the benefits of this with new products coming out of Japan.”

 

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GS Yuasa production boost marks centenary

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:27 -- Xuan Zhong
GS Yuasa production boost marks centenary

Japan-based lead-acid battery manufacturer GS Yuasa has told investors it is on track to expand production in at least three other countries as it marks 100 years of operations.

GS Yuasa said new production facilities will come on line in Turkey, China and India in 2018— and the group plans to make inroads into the lucrative electric vehicles (EV) battery market.

 

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Exide India ‘plans new smelter investment’

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 10:00 -- News Editor
Exide India ‘plans new smelter investment’

Indian lead-acid battery maker Exide Industries has reportedly submitted plans to set up a third lead smelter at its plant in Haldia, West Bengal.

Exide is asking India’s national government for permission to install the smelter amid soaring lead prices, the Mumbai-based English language daily DNA reported.

 

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Battery makers take safety case for lead to regulators

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:09 -- Xuan Zhong
Battery makers take safety case for lead to regulators

Lead industry leaders in California are to hold talks with regulators as part of a review of lead-acid batteries under the state’s ‘safer consumer products’ (SCP) initiative.

State governor Jerry Brown (pictured) ordered the review last year in the wake of the closure of Exide Technologies’ troubled Vernon lead-acid battery recycling plant.

 

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EU ‘aware of lead’s value’ to batteries industry

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:03 -- John Shepherd
EU ‘aware of lead’s value’ to batteries industry

European Commission chiefs have not ruled out the participation of the lead-acid industry in a proposed ‘batteries alliance’ for Europe— BBB has learned.

Lead producers called on the Commission to urgently rethink its proposals last week, after EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič used an industry summit in Brussels to float proposals to invest in large-scale battery cells production— but failed to outline support for Europe’s powerhouse lead-acid battery industry.

 

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EU urged to include lead in ‘batteries alliance’

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:59 -- John Shepherd
EU urged to include lead in ‘batteries alliance’

Lead producers are urging EU leaders to urgently rethink proposals to invest in setting up a Europe-wide ‘batteries alliance’ that would fail to include the region’s powerhouse lead-acid battery industry.

The call came after EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič (pictured) told an industry summit he hosted in Brussels that a blueprint for the ‘EU Battery Alliance’ was needed to “strongly support the establishment of a full value chain of batteries in Europe, with large-scale battery cells production and the circular economy at the core”.

 

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