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Pace of innovation and sold-out lead battery conference shows the strength of the industry

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, September 12, 2016
Valletta, Malta (12 September, 2016) – Innovation in lead batteries is continuing rapidly as the industry adapts to changing energy storage markets, said Andy Bush, managing director of the International Lead Association (ILA).

Dr Andy Bush spoke today on the eve of the 15th European Lead Battery Conference (13-16 September), in Valletta, Malta, where 700 delegates from 50 countries have gathered to discuss the latest technical innovations in lead batteries for use in applications ranging from micro and mild hybrid vehicles to renewable energy storage and motive and traction power.

He said: “Lead batteries are an astonishingly successful product and remain by far the most popular rechargeable battery worldwide due to their unique combination of performance, low cost, safety and recycling record. As long as the lead battery maintains these outstanding abilities it will continue to have a bright future.”

Dr Bush also cited recent significant announcements illustrating the industry’s commitment to investing in lead batteries:

East Penn Manufacturing and RSR – Have announced a new collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to use Argonne’s state-of-the-art analytic technologies to accelerate research on lead batteries.

Ecoult – The Australian company has developed an UltraBattery®-based 20 kW UltraFlex system for off-grid and dual-purpose applications (incorporating renewable self-consumption, diesel cycling and UPS) and has already achieved consistent fuel savings for its off-grid clients in the order of 50% or more.

Exide Technologies – The European company announced the launch of its next-generation maintenance-free TENSOR xGEL lead traction batteries, which exhibit high-power, increased energy efficiency and the ability for rapid recharge.

Johnson Controls - Recently announced an investment of $445 million to boost production of its absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries worldwide.  The investment includes $245 million to double AGM output in North America by the year 2020 and $200 million to build a new battery plant in China.

Moura – The Brazilian company is building a new $65m facility to increase its lead battery production capacity by 40% and announced its enhanced flooded batteries have achieved significant cycle life testing results at the Akkuteam battery testing lab in Germany, where its AGM batteries will be tested later this year.

Narada Power Source – In the continuation of an ALABC-sponsored project, Chinese member Narada was able to boost the number of successful power-assist cycles for their lead batteries in hybrid port cranes and elevators from 700 to over 26,000 showing that advanced VRLA batteries are an excellent power source for these emerging applications.

In addition, a new three-year multi-million dollar pre-competitive research program announced by the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (more than 70 member companies worldwide) will  focus on further improving lead battery performance in automotive and industrial energy storage applications. 

For further information contact: Bob Tolliday, ILA Communications Manager, tel: +44 (0) 20 7833 8090 

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Early Bird Savings End September 12

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time is Running Out. 
Attend the 2016 Environmental, Health and 
Safety Conference

This is your final chance to take advantage of the early registration rate for the2016 Environmental, Health and Safety ConferenceOctober 24-25 in Baltimore, MD. Take part in presentations and interactive breakout sessions focusing on workplace practices, human resource policies, equipment design, reducing employee blood levels and more

Register by Monday, September 12, and save up to $150


Session Highlights
  • "Get the Lead Out" a four-part series featuring HR policies and workplace practices
  • "The Outlook for Workplace Lead Regulation" panel discussion
  • "Update on Blood Lead Health Science"
  • And more
Hotel Reservations
Book your room here, or contact the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel directly at +1.800.325.3535. Reservations should be made no later than September 30. Mention you are with the BCI Environmental, Health and Safety Conference to receive the group-discount rate.
Room Rate:$159 (plus tax) per night single/double
Check-in Time:3:00 p.m.
Check-out Time:12:00 p.m.


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Statement of Battery Council International Upon Passage of AB 2153 (C. Garcia)

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, September 6, 2016

“Dynamic Legislation to clean up contaminated lead recycling sites passes Legislature with support from battery industry”

SACRAMENTO, CA--  In the closing hours of the legislative session last night, the California State Legislature passed important legislation to provide major funding for the clean-up of contaminated lead recycling sites and polluted neighborhoods in California. AB 2153, authored by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), establishes a dedicated funding source to clean up sites that pose a serious public health risk due to soil contaminated in the process of recycling used lead batteries, including the Exide facility in the City of Vernon.
“The Battery Council International (representing lead acid battery manufacturers from throughout California and across the nation) is proud to have been able to collaborate on the significant legislative effort which culminated in the passage of AB 2153 last night,” said Mark Thorsby, Executive Vice President of the Battery Council International.
“We believe our efforts to support this important legislation demonstrates the industry’s commitment to the comprehensive stewardship of our products.  We are proud of our partnership with community leaders, environmental groups, and elected officials to address this issue.  Lead batteries are the most recycled consumer product in the world with almost 100% recycled and reused, and lead acid batteries are the key to the new “stop-start” automotive technology that is bringing dramatic reductions in engine emissions. We believe this bill is an important component in creating the comprehensive environmental policies that make California a leader in green-technology,” Thorsby added.  
Among a variety of important policies established in the bill, AB 2153 accomplishes the following:

  1. Generates tens of millions of dollars over the next several years to fund the clean up of lead recycling sites as well as pollution and lead soil contamination in our communities.
  2. Provides this funding in a way designed to expedite the clean-up of the sites and aid the residents and families affected by the contamination.
  3. Greatly improves the existing lead acid battery recycling program by incentivizing safe recycling and protecting battery consumers.
“I want to congratulate and recognize the many legislators who understood the urgent need to address this issue,” Thorsby stated. “We look forward to continuing our efforts to collaborate with state and local government, as well as the environmental justice community and all other concerned citizens and groups, to assist in addressing this important issue in a collaborative and non-confrontational manner.”

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Equip Your Employees with the Knowledge They Need

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Encourage Employee Attendance at the 2016 Environmental, Health and Safety Conference

Strengthen your staff's knowledge on battery factory employee health, safety and environmental protection at this highly-focused event. Join BCI for the 2016 Environmental, Health and Safety Conference October 24-25, 2016 in Baltimore, MD. 

Reinforce the importance of attending by forwarding this message to your employees.

Education Schedule

Highlights include a three-part session, "Get the Lead Out," featuring presentations on workplace practices, human resource policies and equipment design focusing on reducing employee blood levels; reports from government agencies; interactive breakout sessions and much more! Share best practices and learn from peers and experts on how to ensure a safe work environment. 

View the full schedule here.

Hotel Reservations

Book your room here, or contact the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel directly at +1.800.325.3535. Reservations should be made no later than September 30. Mention you are with the BCI Environmental, Health and Safety Conference in order to receive the group-discount rate. 

Room Rate: $159 (plus tax) per night single/double

Check-in Time: 3:00 p.m.

Check-out Time: 12:00 p.m.

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Register for the 2016 EHS Environmental, Health and Safety Conference

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Join BCI for the 2016 Environmental, Health and Safety Conference October 24-25, 2016 in Baltimore, MD. 



During the Global Policy Overview session, hear from David Weinberg of Wiley Rein, LLP. 

"California is poised to propose revisions to the general industry lead standard (both the MRP and PEL) later this year, and U.S. OSHA plans to publish a notice this November about its plan to update this nationally-applicable lead standard. In addition, by October we will know much more about U.S. EPA's implementation of the new revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)."

Read the full statement from David Weinberg on the BCI blog, and view the full schedule of events here

Hotel Reservations

Book your room here, or contact the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel directly at +1.800.325.3535. Reservations should be made no later than September 30, 2016. Mention you are with the BCI Environmental, Health and Safety Conference in order to receive the group-discount rate. 

Room Rate: $159 (plus tax) per night single/double

Check-in Time: 3:00 p.m.

Check-out Time: 12:00 p.m



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2016 EHS Conference Statement

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, July 11, 2016

If your company has not already signed up for BCI’s bi-annual Environmental, Health & Safety Conference, I urge you to do so.  This year’s conference will be held October 24-25 in Baltimore, MD.  It will provide an opportunity for EHS professionals from across the industry to learn about recent legal, regulatory, and scientific developments and to share best practices for worker protection.  Historically, nearly all BCI members have had at least one EHS professional in attendance. 

With the recent increase in regulatory attention to lead, this Conference is now more important than ever.  California is poised to propose revisions to the general industry lead standard (both the MRP and PEL) later this year, and U.S. OSHA plans to publish a notice this November about its plan to update the nationally-applicable lead standard.  In addition, by October we will know much more about U.S. EPA’s implementation of the new revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Those may target lead for early attention.  And, if the Agency concludes at any point that there are unreasonable risks posed by lead, regulation is required to follow. 

Attending this conference will give your company a leg up on these and the many other developments affecting the lead battery industry and, importantly, best practices ideas as to how to deal with these challenges.      

-David Weinberg, BCI’s Environmental Legal Counsel

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The Doe Run Company Completes Port Property Sale in Herculaneum

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Second Loading Dock to be Installed at Riverview Commerce Park

HERCULANEUM, Mo. (May 11, 2016) – The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) has completed the sale of 18 acres of riverfront property to Riverview Commerce Park, LLC (RCP) as part of the repurposing plan for the company’s former smelter site in Herculaneum, Missouri. RCP has been operating a Mississippi River port at the site since September 2013, and is working on expanding operations with a second loading dock area that is anticipated to be operational in the third quarter of 2016.

“When we announced the impending closure of our Herculaneum smelter in 2012, we introduced our plans to repurpose the site and its valuable infrastructure,” said Chris Neaville, Doe Run’s asset development director. “It has been our intention from the beginning to create a site conducive to generating new economic value for the city of Herculaneum and Jefferson County.”
“Great effort has gone into the establishment of a port in Jefferson County,” said Missouri State Senator Paul Wieland, District 22. “I see this as a first great step towards realizing the vision of returning economic vibrancy to sites once occupied by a strong industrial base that employed generations of Jefferson County residents.”

“What makes this property valuable for Herculaneum and our region from a commercial standpoint is access to infrastructure – the river, railroads and highways,” said Herculaneum Mayor Bill Haggard. “The property is perfectly suited for bulk cargo along the river, as well as off-loading or on-loading materials and goods for highway or rail. We are pleased to have the RCP port as a first step in repurposing this area.”

The Herculaneum port currently ships locally sourced sand to oil and natural gas producers across the U.S. The 18-acre site includes a loading dock on the river, restored rail lines and a new barge fleet staging area just south of the new Mississippi River shipping dock. RCP operates and leases the barge fleet from the Jefferson County Port Authority.

“Over the last two years, RCP has made a substantial investment into the port property,” said Mark Denton, project manager for RCP. “The shipping operations surpassed our expectations for its first two years. Now, with the materials staging area put in place earlier and a second dock set to go into service by midsummer, we are now in a position to double our capacity. The second dock also gives us the ability to not only load, but also unload various bulk materials.”

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources Voluntary Cleanup Program and EPA Region 7 provided oversight of the remediation, which included installing a three-foot thick cap layer of soil and rock across the property, and allows for the port expansion. RCP has submitted the completion report for the site to MNDR and is awaiting their final approval for the work.

Doe Run continues to operate its refinery and strip mill, and lead metal alloying and casting operations at Herculaneum. The company’s Resource Recycling facility in Boss, Missouri, also produces premium secondary lead metal from recycled lead.

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Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award Winner Announced

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Hammond Group, Inc. Presented with
Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award

For Immediate Release                                                         Contact: Claire Sereiko
May 2, 2016                                                                           Associate Director of Marketing

SAN ANTONIO - Hammond Group, Inc. (HGI) has been awarded the inaugural Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award for its advances in lead (PbA) battery chemistry. The Award honors industry thought leader, Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz,former CEO of East Penn Manufacturing Co. and celebrates innovation in equipment, processes, services, and products that advance the lead battery industry.

Hammond investigated the PbA battery principle failure mode in HRPSoC applications through a materials interaction study, testing traditional and advanced expander materials. Exploiting insights on material selection, material interaction, and duty-specific formulations, Hammond's work culminated in its K2 family of negative plate expanders, available for a wide range of HRPSoC applications.

"Battery Council International is pleased to have received 18 submissions for the Award," said Mark O. Thorsby, Executive Vice President of Battery Council International. "The lead battery industry is not one typically known for its innovation and to have received so many innovative submissions is a true testament to our industry."

Black Diamond Structures and Advanced Battery Concepts received honorable mentions for their submissions.

If you are interested in watching the submissions in full, please visit the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award submissions page


About Battery Council International

Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing the lead based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies - a total of approximately 250 companies and 35,000 employees. For more information on the association, visit

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Important Reminders for BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo Attendees

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

BCI looks forward to welcoming you to San Antonio. To help maximize your conference experience, please thoroughly review the information below. 

Please note that all sessions, coffee breaks and lunches take place at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. 

Getting to the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel

Travel distance from the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) to the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel is approximately 20 minutes, about a $22.00 cab ride (one way). The hotel does not provide shuttles. If you wish to take alternative transportation, please view the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel transportation options

Badge Pick-Up

Attendees must wear their badge to gain access to all BCI sessions and events. Registration is located in the Grand Ballroom Foyer of the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, and hours are as follows:

  • Saturday, April 30: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 1: 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 2: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 3: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Download the BCI Mobile App


  • Apple Download
  • Android Download
  • Other mobile devices (including BlackBerry) use the mobile website. Here you can log in and get the same great benefits without having to download anything to your device. We recommend bookmarking this address in your browser for easy access.

Log In

Username: Email Address

Password: bci2016

On you have logged in, tap "Networking" to review your profile (this step is required to participate in networking within the app). Tap "Save" in the upper-right corner.

Attendee List

The BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo mobile app includes a list of all attendees! Simply tap "Networking" and "Everyone" to view the attendee list. 

Questions? Contact Claire Sereiko at


Golf Tournament

Sponsored by Crown Battery
If you registered for the BCI Golf Tournament, it will take place at the Quarry Golf Club on Sunday, May 1 at 11:30 a.m. Buses will depart from the Commerce Street entrance of the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel at 10:30 a.m. Please join us for drinks at the Awards Reception after the Golf Tournament. Pre-registration is required. 

Welcome Reception

Hosted by BCI Supplier Members

Celebrate the beginning of the Convention at the Welcome Reception Sunday, May 1 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Buckhorn Saloon. Attendees are encouraged to walk — it is about an eight minute walk from the hotel. If you require transportation, buses will be available starting at 5:45 p.m. The Welcome Reception is open to BCI manufacturing, marketing and associate members and their registered guests as well as non-member and sponsoring suppliers who have contributed collectively to make this event possible. 

Closing Reception

Join attendees at the Oak Tree and River Terraces at the Marriott on Tuesday, May 3 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. for a final chance to network and celebrate the end of a great event. Appetizers and cocktails will be served.  

Connections Center

Connect with your colleagues in the Connections Center! Conveniently located at booth #210 inside the Power Mart Expo*. The Connections Center will be furnished with tables and chairs for impromptu meetings or to relax and network with peers. 

*The Connections Center will relocate to the Grand Ballroom Foyer on Tuesday, May 3. 


The dress code for the convention is business casual during all receptions and sessions; jackets and ties are not required. Convention rooms can be chilly, so remember to bring a jacket or sweater. May weather in San Antonio tends to hover between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Safe travels. We'll see you in San Antonio!

Questions? Contact us at

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This Earth Day, Do Your Part and Recycle Your Old Vehicle Batteries

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, April 25, 2016

Did you know that 99 percent of all old conventional vehicle batteries are recycled each year? And while vehicle batteries are by far the world's most recycled consumer product, still, every year there are more than 1 million used batteries that are not responsibly recycled.

When lead-acid batteries are recycled properly – and it's not limited to just the battery from your car or truck, it can also be a battery in your boat, lawn tractor, golf cart, motorcycle, and more – 99 percent of the battery's components can be processed and reused to make new batteries or even other products. The metals used in conventional batteries are the most recycled materials in the world, even more than paper, glass, and cardboard. Also, the plastic from a battery can be recycled to make new battery cases, and the electrolytes can be reused or made into detergents.

The closed-loop recycling process of vehicle batteries, which is achievable due to the design of the product and the materials that are used, means it's possible that cars on the road today are being powered by the same materials that were in a battery used in a vehicle from decades ago. In fact, lead used in a battery in the United States will continue in the manufacture-recycle-manufacture loop for nearly 280 years.

Almost every vehicle battery uses materials that can be continually recycled. This allows the materials in old recycled vehicle batteries to be turned into the raw materials that make new batteries, which in turn helps to protect our natural resources.

When a lead-acid battery is not properly recycled, it can end up in a landfill, where its internal components have the potential to be exposed and impose a burden on the environment.

As the world's largest manufacturer and recycler of vehicle batteries, Johnson Controls' goal is to have all vehicle batteries recycled responsibly and kept out of landfills. To help achieve this, Johnson Controls has made a commitment to design, make, transport, and recycle batteries in the safest, most sustainable way. When building a new battery, the company uses up to 80 percent recycled materials.


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