Written on September 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm
History and Formation of the ECOBAT Group
Although the ECOBAT name is relatively new, the group is founded on centuries of experience in the lead industry with smelters such as its Braubach operations in Germany having historic links going right back to the 14th century.
ECOBAT brings some of the world’s most renowned lead operations together under one name, tapping into continuous innovations and making it the technology leader in lead production, which benefits its clients, employees and the environment.
ECOBAT’s core product, lead, is used across a wide range of industries, including the lead-acid battery, building, chemical and nuclear fields. Each of these industries has its own particular requirements, often demanding an in-depth understanding of the functionality of the product within a given application. Not only is ECOBAT able to support these various applications, it can offer high quality ‘superior products’ such as bismuth-enhanced and SuperSoft® soft lead, calcium/silver and complex barium/strontium alloys.
Besides lead, ECOBAT also produces a number of other non-lead products, including sulphuric acid, polypropylene, sodium sulphate and gypsum, as well as silver. In addition, its South African operations produce zinc, aluminium, industrial minerals, plastics and poly foams. All ECOBAT lead smelting operations are certified to the internationally recognised quality standard ISO 9001 and TS 16949.
The ECOBAT recycling cycle
As the world’s largest producer and recycler of lead, ECOBAT is currently the only global organisation offering a ‘closed recycling loop’ for lead-acid batteries.
That loop begins and ends with specialist ECOBAT group member companies, four of which are battery collection companies located in Europe, that collect, transport and store waste lead acid batteries and battery powered appliances ready for recycling.
The core lead material extracted from these products is then processed by its smelters to manufacture lead and lead alloys of the highest quality. Additional facilities process the remaining products derived from the lead recycling operations to produce a further range of industrial products.
The ECOBAT European Battery Distribution division incorporates group companies that retail new batteries into several sectors including the automotive and heavy-duty vehicle industries and which also take back waste batteries for group recycling.
The ECOBAT lead-acid battery ‘closed recycling loop’ is shown in the diagram below.
For further details, please contact ECOBAT on: +44 (0)1629 736100 or visit: www.ecobatgroup.com