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Doe Run’s $45,000 Donation Supports New Ventilation Lab Equipment at Missouri S&T

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, February 4, 2019

The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) has donated more than $45,000 to Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) to upgrade the university’s Mining Ventilation Laboratory.

Missouri S&T’s mining and explosives engineering department will use Doe Run’s donation to purchase equipment that helps students practice airflow management techniques. In addition to establishing the lab, Missouri S&T is seeking a new mine ventilation professor to oversee the lab and teach classes related to underground air ventilation.

“We are very grateful for this contribution, as it is critical to our ability to recruit a strong person to head up our research and education in mine ventilation,” said Dr. Kwame Awuah-Offei, interim director of the mining and explosives engineering department at Missouri S&T.

“The new ventilation lab equipment will give students hands-on experience that prepares them for another component of working underground,” said Steve Batts, vice president and chief operating officer at Doe Run. “Knowing how to manage airflow underground is a vital part of a mining operation, and helps increase safety and reduce mining costs. We are constantly working to provide proper airflow and we report on projects like this in our sustainability reports.”

Doe Run’s support of mining education helps train future miners and engineers. In Spring 2018, Doe Run supported Missouri S&T’s Summer Explosives Camp with two full-ride scholarships for students. Doe Run also hosted ten Missouri S&T students as summer interns, providing them with real-world job experience in mine, mechanical and environmental engineering, as well as information technology.

As a member of the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC), Doe Run joined NorthStar Battery and EnerSys to donate equipment and funding to Missouri S&T’s Microgrid Industrial Consortium in Fall 2018. The donation supported two new advanced lead battery microgrid systems at the campus’s EcoVillage, a “living laboratory” that is home to solar-powered houses designed and built by Missouri S&T students.

About The Doe Run Company

Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri, and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit www.doerun.com.

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Crown Acquires Licensing Rights to Advanced Battery Concepts Bipolar Lead Battery Technology

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, January 25, 2019

Advanced Battery Concepts is pleased to announce that Crown Battery Manufacturing Company, a lead battery manufacturer based in Fremont, Ohio, has acquired licensing rights to its full suite of GreenSeal® Bipolar Lead battery technologies. This is the sixth license agreement for ABC and the second in the last month.

With corporate and manufacturing operations located in Fremont, Ohio, Crown Battery produces an array of Industrial and SLI lead battery products, including a line of advanced AGM batteries. Crown Battery employs over 600 employees at its 12 sales and distribution offices throughout North America and serves a global network of original equipment manufacturers, agents, distributors and dealers.

Dr. Ed Shaffer, CEO and Founder of Advanced Battery Concepts commented "Hal Hawk, CEO of Crown Battery, has been a great supporter of ABC and Bipolar technology throughout the years, but now he is strengthening that support by having his company become a licensee and ambassador of GreenSeal® bipolar technology. Crown Battery's participation in all major battery markets will provide a great boost to this technology and allow them to capitalize in new market segments. We are thrilled to have Crown Battery as a partner.

Mr. Hawk, CEO of Crown Battery stated, "We are excited to increase our level of involvement with Advanced Battery Concepts and to expand Crown Battery's investment in advanced lead battery manufacturing. Crown Battery has worked closely with ABC's development team for a number of years now – and the licensing rights will allow us to decide how best to use it in our market space. We believe that bi-polar lead battery technology delivers significant competitive advantages over competing battery chemistries and see many potential uses for GreenSeal® technology.

With more efficient manufacturing, lower production costs and dramatically better performance than any existing lead battery technology, Advanced Battery Concepts' GreenSeal® is changing the lead battery paradigm.

Crown Battery is the latest company to acquire licensing rights to GreenSeal® technology and joins Advanced Battery Concepts five existing licensees, Johnson Controls Power Solutions, Enersys, Exide Industries, Trojan Battery Company and Monbat.

Advanced Battery Concepts is currently in licensing discussions with several other global lead battery producers and expects to have further announcements in 2019.

About Advanced Battery Concepts, LLC

Advanced Battery Concepts LLC is a global battery technology development company based in Michigan, USA, and is the first company to successfully design a bipolar lead battery and develop and implement a commercially viable manufacturing process for such batteries. Advanced Battery Concepts is currently working with existing lead battery producers and engaging licensees to realize the commercial potential of its technology, as well as on-going production of batteries and additional research from its Battery Research & Engineering Development Centre in Michigan to broaden its technology portfolio.

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Midtronics, Inc. Promotes Will Sampson to President

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Midtronics, Inc. CEO Steve McShane today announced the promotion of Will Sampson to President, effective immediately. The new role gives Sampson full responsibility for the company’s strategic direction, global growth and profitability going forward. McShane will continue in his role as CEO of the company, which he founded in 1984.

Sampson most recently served as Executive Vice President and General Manager with overall responsibility for the company’s Transportation division. He joined the company in 1994 and has served in several management roles in sales, product management and marketing, exhibiting a talent for developing, communicating and executing strategies to drive significant profitable growth.

“Will’s leadership and commitment to strategic growth has led to the development of great product platforms over the years,” said McShane. “Innovation from his teams has positioned us to meet future technology requirements in the rapidly evolving transportation market. Will’s leadership and alignment with our organization’s values have inspired my trust and the trust of the entire Midtronics team.”

About Midtronics

Midtronics is a worldwide leader and provider of battery testing and management products for transportation battery applications. Founded in 1984, Midtronics remains singularly focused on advancing battery management, supplying customers with innovative battery diagnostic equipment and management solutions. Beyond current technologies, Midtronics continues to develop new technologies and battery management solutions for new battery chemistries and vehicle systems. Visit www.midtronics.com for more information.

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Power Sonic Announces Reno Distribution Center in 2019

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, January 22, 2019

To accommodate our growing customer base and increased inventory volumes, Power Sonic is pleased to announce the opening of a new warehouse operation in Reno, Nevada. We are currently targeting this new location to be open for business in early second quarter 2019.

Power Sonic is dedicated to maintaining and expanding its footprint in the battery industry to ensure that we execute on the fundamental value proposition of Quality, Service and Experience. This investment in a new distribution hub aids our growth and further improves our logistical capabilities. Power Sonic anticipates unprecedented growth in the coming year, and this growth necessitates a large new facility.

Our commitment to excellence, combined with our mission to continuously improve the customer experience, has earned our company the excellent reputation it holds today from our inception in 1970. As we aggressively push to expand our product line added warehouse locations like the facility in Reno, will be of paramount importance to continue to meet customer demand.

We look forward to a bright and fast paced 2019 and are thankful for the support and
dedication shown to us by our customers around the world.

Sincerely,

Brian D. Crowe
President, Battery Division
Power Sonic Corporation

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Gopher Resource Prepares to Capitalize on Battery Industry Growth, New Opportunities in Energy Storage

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, January 4, 2019

Brian Leen Named New President and CEO; Eric Robinson Joins as Senior V.P., COO

Gopher Resource, a national environmental solutions provider based in Eagan, MN, has announced the recent appointment of Brian Leen to President and Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, Mr. Leen held the same position with ADA Carbon Solutions, based in Colorado. He replaces Jeffrey Jacobsen who retired in October and remains on the company’s board. Joining Mr. Leen on the executive leadership team is Eric Robinson in the newly created position of Senior Vice president and COO. Mr. Robinson is also joining Gopher Resource from ADA Carbon Solutions.

Jacobsen explained that in addition to Mr. Leen and Mr. Robinson’s combined 55 years of experience in the specialty chemicals and materials industries, both men have extensive knowledge of Gopher Resource. They are on the company’s board and were highly involved in the early 2018 acquisition of Gopher Resource by Energy Capital Partners, who also owned ADA Carbon Solutions.

“Brian is the right person to lead us during this very dynamic time in our industry. We’re confident that his leadership style and knowledge of the energy industry, along with Eric’s operational expertise, will take Gopher Resource to the next level of excellence. We’ll continue to honor our long-standing commitment to providing customers with the best experience in our industry, through safe and environmentally focused recycling.” Jacobsen said.

Mr. Leen expressed his enthusiasm for the company and its bright and exciting future: “The lead battery industry is in a time of great change and innovation. Battery manufacturers are working to enhance battery performance and protect the environment. Gopher Resource plays an incredibly important role ensuring that the end of life for these batteries are managed in a safe, clean and environmentally responsible way, while providing customers with the reliability, innovation and service that they need.

In his new role as Senior Vice President and COO, Robinson will focus on continual process improvement, quality control, and advancing overall safety and environmental standards.

About Brian Leen

Prior to joining Gopher Resource, Leen had been with ADA Carbon Solutions since 2010As President and Chief Executive Officer. He has over 25 years of experience in the specialty chemicals and materials business, largely with Sun Chemical Corporation. Leen holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of Kentucky, and he is a graduate of the Executive Management Program from the University of Michigan.

 

 

About Eric Robinson

Eric Robinson has over 30 year of experience in operational, supply chain and marketing roles with companies such as HaloSource, FMC Corporation and Hexion. Prior to joining Gopher Resource as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2018, he held the same position with ADA Carbon Solutions. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Davis.

 

  

About Gopher Resource, LLC

Gopher Resource is a leading national environmental solutions provider whose core business is the safe recycling of lead batteries, followed by select household waste recycling. Through innovative facilities in Eagan, MN, and Tampa, FL, the company helps prevent over 26 million spent automotive, industrial and stationary batteries from going into landfills each year. Founded in 1946, Gopher Resource is owned by Energy Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in North America’s energy infrastructure. For more information visit GopherResource.com.

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Battery mainstay headed for high-tech makeover

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

Tuesday 16 October, 2018


Battery mainstay headed for high-tech makeover


Industry-national lab collaboration seeks unrealized potential of a venerable battery technology

The complex interactions inside a lead battery while it charges and discharges remain mysterious, even 159 years after the technology’s invention. But now the lead battery is headed for a high-tech makeover that will make this sustainable mainstay product more appealing to the automotive industry and the power grid.

Under the terms of a new agreement signed with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, 14 members of the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) have joined forces with Electric Applications to grapple with some of their common challenges.

“This is a beautiful example of how synergy between industry and science can drive innovation,” said Venkat Srinivasan, director of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS). “These leading companies of the lead battery industry want to do pre-competitive R&D using some of the most advanced tools, techniques and capabilities at Argonne to help improve the longevity of lead batteries. Every company faces this problem. Once you understand the complex chemical interactions inside these batteries, you can start to propose solutions to further extend their life.”

The research will be a collaborative effort between Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source (APS), and the laboratory’s Chemical Sciences and Engineering and Materials Science divisions. The APS is a DOE Office of Science User Facility that provides ultra-bright, high-energy X-ray beams for research in almost all scientific disciplines.

Tim Fister, an Argonne materials scientist in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering division, will be using the state-of-the-art tools at the APS to understand the changes in the battery during its operation. Argonne’s Materials Science division operates the Electrochemistry Discovery Laboratory, where a team of experts led by Vojislav Stamenkovic, senior scientist and tech leader, will explore the behavior of materials at the atomic scale to reveal the structure-function relationships responsible for lead battery operation.

“We’ve developed so many tools and techniques in the last five years, and we now have a chance to understand how we can unlock the potential for the next generation of batteries. We can see things that we couldn’t have seen even 10 years ago,” Srinivasan said.

The nine full members of the program include Crown Battery Manufacturing Company, Doe Run Resources Corporation, East Penn Manufacturing Company, EnerSys, Exide Technologies, Johnson Controls, NorthStar Battery Company, RSR Technologies and Trojan Battery Company. The five associate members are Superior Graphite, Microporous LLC, Cabot Corporation, Borregard Lignotech and Advanced Battery Concepts.

“There is a need, and the resources are available at Argonne and industry is willing to invest in advanced technology,” said Don Karner, president of Electric Applications Incorporated of Phoenix and the program coordinator for the companies. “Bringing all three of those elements together, we’re hoping to gain significant knowledge that will help the members significantly improve the performance of their battery products. The science program will focus Argonne’s resources and expertise on improving the performance of lead batteries to assist the industry in meeting market demands for existing applications and for new applications.”

To date, Argonne has focused much of its attention on lithium-ion and beyond-lithium-ion batteries. Its researchers have blended different chemical elements in an effort to squeeze more energy out of the lithium-ion system. But the expertise and techniques that Argonne has tapped also apply to lead batteries, Karner said. He sees Argonne and the other members as a special breed of explorers and miners.

Tim Ellis, Chairman of ALABC, and President of RSR Technologies said, “Lead batteries are a critical foundation technology underpinning everything from the cars we drive to the cell phone networks they back up. This new project, with Argonne’s scientists, will help make the leap to the next generation of advanced lead batteries, as well as supporting efforts to meet the growing demand for reliable, safe and effective rechargeable battery energy storage. This is cutting edge research employing techniques not previously utilized for lead batteries, and we are confident the results will prove ground-breaking.”

Argonne and the consortium members seek to build upon the work of their predecessors. For the last century, lead battery manufacturers have invested much of their research in assessing the viability of processing methods and additives without fully understanding the underlying chemistry. “We will provide a better understanding of this technology through fundamental electrochemistry and through high precision, custom built tools,” Stamenkovic said.

“We are particularly interested in the lead sulfate crystal growth and dissolution process, and in learning how to control the latter in a more effective manner,” Fister said. The lead sulfation issue limits lead battery performance to less than half its potential. Tapping a significant portion of that unused potential would result in even better low-cost, recyclable batteries for mobile and stationary market applications.

Once Argonne researchers better understand these processes, they will begin analyzing how the addition of various additives may improve lead battery performance, much as they have done with lithium-ion batteries.


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Note to editors:

About Argonne
Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit the Office of Science website.

About ALABC
ALABC is a global consortium for battery innovation carrying out pre-competitive research designed to advance lead battery technology. The research has been successful in developing high performance lead batteries including next generation micro-hybrid applications for automotive, as well as innovative battery technology featured in motive, industrial and renewable energy storage applications. The consortium includes more than 90 member companies and organizations worldwide, consisting of lead producers, battery manufacturers, battery users, materials suppliers and research institutions.

For more information:

Argonne Contact
Ben Schiltz bschiltz@anl.gov Tel: +1 630-252-5640

ALABC Contacts:
Hywel Jarman Jarman@ila-lead.orgTel: +44 (0) 207 833 8090; +44 (0) 7718 483887
Niamh McLaughlin McLaughlin@ila-lead.orgTel: +44 (0) 207 833 8090


Photographs
Click here to view photographs from the Argonne project.

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Meet BCI's New Board Member: Terry Murphy, Chairman, President and CEO, Hammond Group

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, September 27, 2018
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Mr. Murphy joined Hammond Group’s Board of Directors in 2011 and was elected President and Chairman in 2013. Prior to joining Hammond, Mr. Murphy spent 30 years at Rocketdyne, a division of the Boeing Company, developing rocket engines and deep space power systems. In 2007, he became the founding CEO of SolarReserve, a company which leveraged the high heat flux technologies used in rockets into a concentrated solar thermal facility with molten salt energy storage. Mr. Murphy received a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University. He has several patents, a Silver Snoopy award from the Astronaut Corps, and received the Outstanding Engineering Award from Purdue University. He is an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and serves as a board member on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Battery Council International.

How did you get involved in the lead battery industry?

I started at Hammond in 1975, sweating through Indiana summers, operating a 2000°F silicate furnace and packing lead oxide into 50-pound bags to earn money for my college tuition. My father, Peter Murphy, was the Hammond Plant Manager and he had decided to teach me a few life lessons, the most important being the value of “Hard Work”. So, he gave me, and a few of my friends, summer jobs in the oxide plant, saying with a hint of paternal malice, “Son, don’t worry if you can’t finish your engineering degree, you can always pack bags for me 8-hours a day.” Needless-to-say, I was highly motivated to complete my studies. I graduated from Purdue in 1980 and headed out to my dream job in California to work on the Space Shuttle Main Engine.

Despite being in California and working on rocket engines, I always stayed in touch with Hammond and even helped solve some technical issues back in the 1990’s; but in my wildest dreams I never thought I’d permanently return to Hammond. Life is full of surprises.

My career at Rocketdyne was “out-of-this-world”. We designed and developed rocket engines, the Space Station power systems, and other cool stuff with high heat fluxes and power densities. We even built a solar thermal energy system under government contract that I commercialized in 2007 as SolarReserve. That organization is going strong today, but I had become fascinated with the need for energy storage and the potential for lead batteries. Hammond’s Chairman, Peter Wilke, asked me to join the board in 2011 and I transitioned to become its CEO in 2013. My father passed away more than 30-years ago, but I think he’s having a fatherly last-laugh now that I’m back at Hammond and still learning the value of hard work.

What is the biggest change/challenge you've seen in the industry?

I think our biggest challenge is to find the balance between running an efficient business while simultaneously devoting the necessary leadership and capital to advance lead battery performance. Resource sustainability has become a deep, even spiritual value for most of the world, but we can’t stop there. While we enjoy a huge advantage in product safety and in-place sustainability over lithium-ion technologies, we need another level of performance gain, which I believe is within reach, to capture these emerging markets. We need to take lead batteries to the next level of performance or we’ll not only be commiserating over lost markets, we’ll also be paying the economic and environmental cost of the “regrettable substitution” of lithium ion.

What do you value about BCI?

BCI’s most valuable role is offering a united and coherent voice to our industry. That’s why the Advancing Lead Batteries Communications Initiative (ALBCI) is so crucial to the future of our industry. We need to change the dominant and discriminatory social narrative regarding lead batteries. We know there are incredible opportunities in vehicle electrification and utility scale electrical generation storage, but we’re fighting a mindless mantra: “lead bad, lithium good”. BCI, along with notable and respected conservation groups, need to tell the cohesive story of our industry’s remarkable achievement of a worldwide, fully-developed closed-loop recycling. Millions of tons of an irreplaceable natural resource saved every year; a cradle-to-cradle sustainability without peer or precedent! I’m convinced that our industry, working together, can become the preferred technology in the storage of intermittent renewable energy, the arbitrage of coal-based power generation, the elimination of natural gas peaker plants, and the hybridization of the automobile. These are incredibly important opportunities and I think the next generation is ready to tackle them, so let’s focus on attracting young people to our sustainable solution industry, improve our performance and extinguish the mindless mantra with systems thinking.

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Meet BCI's New Board Member: Chris Pruitt, President and CEO, East Penn Manufacturing Co.

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, September 27, 2018
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Chris currently serves as President and CEO of East Penn Manufacturing Co. maker of Deka Batteries. East Penn Manufacturing is the largest privately held battery manufacturer in the world with over 10,000 employees. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors of East Penn Manufacturing Co., and the company’s Family Council and Foundation. He has been with the company since May of 1994. He joined East Penn as the Controller and has held numerous financial positions including Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining East Penn, Chris was a CPA at Ernst & Young for ten years holding the position of a Senior Manager in the Audit division. While working at Ernst & Young, he earned his Certified Public Accountant designation. Chris earned a B.S.B.A degree in accounting from Shippensburg University in 1984.

Chris is currently on the board of Flinchbaugh Engineering located in York, PA. Flinchbaugh is an ESOP owned Company. He currently serves as the Board Chairman of the Wyomissing Foundation

Formerly, he was a Board Member of YMCA, Chairman and Board Member of The United Way of Berks County, President and Treasurer of The Children’s Home of Reading, Board Member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Board Member of the Children Advisory Center, Treasurer and Board Member of The Reading Area Community College Foundation, Audit Committee Chairman and Board Member of the Berks Community Foundation, and Board Member of the Shippensburg University College of Business Advisory Board.

In December of 2016, Chris received the Eugene L. Shirk award for Community Builder. This annual Community award is given by Berks Community Television (BCTV). In December of 2015, Chris received the Sydney D. Kline award for Outstanding Community Service. Chris was also honored by the YMCA in 2013 for his Community Service. In 2013, he was named CFO of the year by the Lehigh Valley Business Journal. In March 2011, Chris received the Wilburn H. Doran award in recognition of his outstanding work with the United Way and in the Berks County Community.

Chris and his wife, Robin (also a Shippensburg grad), have two children, Kelly and Lindsay, whom both attend West Chester University

How did you get involved in the lead battery industry?

In 1994, East Penn’s former CEO, Dan Langdon, who was the CFO at the time, was promoted to the President of East Penn. This prompted a search for a new CFO, which is how I was introduced to the industry. What attracted me to this opportunity was the company’s reputation as a family-owned organization with a great company culture. It was a simple decision to move forward with the company. Prior to East Penn, I was at Ernst and Young for ten years (1984-1994).

What is the biggest change/challenge you’ve seen in the industry?

Recently, the lead battery industry has been going through a great deal of technological changes. The market is asking lead batteries to be used in ways they haven’t been utilized in the past to meet new demands in automotive, energy storage and motive power sectors. The rate of change is fast and furious. We’ve experienced more change in the last five years than in the previous ten years. The lead battery industry has always been keen on innovation, but the rate of innovation we are experiencing today is much greater compared to what it was before. While we have been challenged to advance, these innovations are creating unbelievable opportunities for the lead battery industry.

The bulk of the challenges we’re experiencing revolve around the perception of lead batteries. For example, government regulators are currently looking to replace the need for lead batteries with other chemistries capable of energy storage. In California, some regulators are seeking to list lead batteries as a Priority Product under the Safer Consumer Products Program. Lead batteries present one of the greatest recycling stories of our time. Our goal is to make the public aware of the safety of lead battery use and the closed-loop recycling story that makes our industry so sustainable and supportive.

What do you value about BCI?

BCI is a wonderful organization that has allowed the lead battery industry to get together with their peers and discuss the challenges we face. The opportunity to gather groups of small, medium and large companies that face similar challenges is a powerful vehicle for working together to tackle those issues. The association provides a great forum for us to progress the industry and work as a team. The organization is run by high-class professionals who help us navigate those challenges, and I’m continually impressed by the structure of the annual meetings.

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Meet BCI's New Board Member: Thomas Bawart, CEO, Banner

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, September 27, 2018
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Thomas Bawart began his career in the family business at Banner in 1986, where he trained in all relevant departments. He took over as CEO in 1996. He studied business and economics at the University of Vienna and earned a Master’s from the university in 1991.

How did you get involved in the lead battery industry?

Banner is a family-owned company, now in its third generation. It was rather obvious I would get involved, although I always had the option to do something else. But it was probably the grid casting process that initially peaked my interest in the business.

What is the biggest change/challenge you've seen in the industry?

The industry continuously changes! Not at a very fast speed, compared to other battery technologies, but if you look back, there is not only evolution, but quite a bit of revolution. When I first started in the industry in the late 80s, the standard product in Europe was a dry charged battery, many of them built by hand. Production was slow, and the used grid alloys were antimonial; you had to maintain the batteries and refill water.

Now, with different continuous plate-making technologies, it is a new world. Assembling has also become highly automated. The whole production process is clean and lean, and productivity has increased enormously. And best of all, the battery now is maintenance-free and nearly defect-free.

What do you value about BCI?

For many years I have attended the BCI’s Annual Convention + Power Mart Expo. I, and the few other Europeans in attendance, always thought the convention was more or less an excuse for going to Florida to play golf. And, of course, there was the supplier reception!

In the last few years, this has changed quite a bit. They now partner with Eurobat to advance industry lobbying efforts and exchange knowledge. I am now on the BCI Board to support these initiatives.

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David Boden Awarded the International Lead Award

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The International Lead Medal has been awarded to the late David Boden, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the lead battery industry following a lifetime of design and innovation, and for his inspirational work mentoring the next generation of lead battery leaders.

The medal is awarded annually at either the European Lead Battery Conference or the Asian Battery Conference to honor and recognize exceptional personal achievement in the lead and lead battery industries.

Since its inception in 2003, the medal has been presented to many individuals who have played a leading role in developing and guiding both industries, in the areas of science, technology or the environment.

Dr. Andy Bush of the International Lead Association said, “The awards committee decided to award the medal posthumously this year in recognition of David’s outstanding contribution to the lead battery industry throughout his lifetime."

Mark Stevenson of Global Lead Technologies added, "He was an inspiration to many in the industry and he has left an enduring legacy.”

During his lifetime Mr. Boden was associated with many leading battery businesses, and he was an active member of the industry’s research consortium, ALABC. He also chaired numerous technical committees for Battery Council International in the US.

Receiving the medal on behalf of David’s family, Eric Holtan of Hammond and John Timmons of Crown Batteries – both of whom worked with David over many years – highlighted his inspirational mentoring and support.

Mr. Timmons said, “Perhaps his greatest gift was in teaching and mentoring so many young people in the industry.” Mr. Holtan added, “He was exceptionally good at successfully communicating difficult technical concepts in very simple terms.”

The medal has become a prestigious award with nominations each year from all over the world based on exceptional service to the lead industry as related to the production, processing or use of the metal, in promoting increased use or awareness of lead, improving lead’s image or encouraging individuals to excel.

The award should honor/recognize above-average personal achievement.

In a message read out to the 16th ELBC conference in Vienna, Mr. Boden’s wife Pattie thanked the ILA and awards committee on behalf of the family saying they were extremely touched that David was chosen to receive the medal.

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