News Release | October 15, 2021

Hammond Group Inc. Receives 2021 BCI Innovation Award

SAN DIEGO — Hammond Group Inc. has been awarded the 2021 BCI Innovation Award. Battery Council International (BCI) annually presents this award to celebrate innovation in equipment, processes, services and products that advance the lead battery industry. The award was established to honor industry thought leader, Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz, former CEO of East Penn Manufacturing Co.

The Hammond, Indiana-based company focuses on serving the world’s battery industry. The company specializes in manufacturing technically-supported battery oxides, read leads, expanders and other specialty chemicals.

Hammond Group’s Performance Additives’ patent-pending innovation, lead silicate, enables batteries to achieve the benefits of reduced acid stratification without any of the downsides inherent to traditional solutions. This additive integrates with the lead oxide plate structure significantly increasing surface area. These “micro-sponges” trap the acid electrolyte and slow its release during charging. By reducing the rate of electrolyte outflow, the acid density gradient is minimized.

“Hammond is honored to again be recognized for its commitment to the lead battery industry and our commitment to enhancing this technology for advanced energy storage,” said Terrence Murphy, chief executive officer of Hammond. “We’re committed to this industry as a specialty chemical company and look forward to continuing to work with [the industry] in our combined efforts to continue to improve the most sustainable energy storage technology on the planet – lead batteries.”

“Battery Council International is pleased to have received eight submissions for the Innovation Award,” said Roger Miksad, executive vice president of BCI. “We continue to be impressed with the innovations companies are creating to move the lead battery industry forward and we are eager to see the impact these advancements will have.”

Abertax received an honorable mention for their submission.

About Battery Council International
Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing the lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies.

About Hammond Group Inc.
Hammond Group is committed to unlocking the next generation of lead battery performance. Through innovation and partnership with our customers, we believe that even the most daunting performance challenges can be overcome. For more information, visit


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Steve Binks of the International Lead Association

...[this] is the start of a journey that will raise global standards and help ensure that lead batteries continue to be a key enabling technology for the transition to a low carbon future.

Dr. Steve Binks, Regulatory Affairs Director, International Lead Association