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Mid-Year Reforecast: Impact of COVID-19 on Industrial and Transportation Battery Markets

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on North American and world markets and economies. BCI’s powerful shipping data for industrial and transportation batteries provides a uniquely focused insights into the impacts on the lead battery industry.

BCI will host a webinar on September 9 to analyze impacts on shipping volumes, and to revisit the shipping forecasts presented at the BCI Virtual Convention earlier this year. Based on 2020 data, Nick Starita, Hollingsworth & Vose Co. President of the Energy and Industrial Systems Division, and Ray Kubis, Gridtential Chairman, will discuss their battery shipment re-forecasts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The webinar is complimentary for BCI members.




*Schedule subject to change

Wednesday, September 9

 12:00 p.m. ET

Welcome & Opening Remarks


 12:10 p.m. ET

Industrial Batteries Re-Forecast: Impact of Covid-19

Speaker: Nicholas Starita, President of the Energy and Industrial Systems Division, Hollingsworth & Vose Co., East Walpole, MA

Nick Starita is currently President of the Energy and Industrial Systems Division at Hollingsworth & Vose, where he oversees H&V’s global battery separator business. Nick has been with H&V for nine years. Prior to H&V, Nick was the Director of Strategy at Milliken & Company. He was with Milliken for nine years in Operations and Strategic Planning roles.




 12:55 p.m. ET



 1:00 p.m. ET

Transportation Batteries Re-Forecast: Impact of Covid-19

Speaker: Ray Kubis, Chairman, Gridtential, Santa Clara, CA

Ray has been in the battery business for 40 years, in both the automotive and industrial business across the US, the EU and Asia. He started with General Battery in 1980 in Reading, and later joined Johnson Controls in Milwaukee in 1991. He moved to Europe in 1996, living in Belgium, then Switzerland, mostly with Hawker, which was acquired by EnerSys in 2002, and continued as EnerSys' President for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Ray served as the Chairman of the European Battery Industry Association, and returned to the U.S. in 2013 and become President of EcoBat Technologies. Since 2016, he has served as the Chairman of Gridtential Energy, which is a Silicon Valley based battery technology start-up featuring bi-polar, advanced lead batteries.