Sunday, 25 March 2012

China Shuts Down 583 Lead-acid Battery Plants

Expect the cost of batteries to go up. there is a predicted price rise of around 45%

China shuts battery factories due to lead poisoning

Battery factories across China have been closed amid fears about poisoning from metals used by the industry.

About 74 people have been detained after reports that more than 100 people were affected by lead and cadmium poisoning.

Reports from China suggests hundreds of factories have been closed as a result of efforts to tackle poisoning.

The rechargeable lead batteries are used in scooters, cars and some mobile phones.

The detentions and closures are part of moves by regional governments in China to decrease environmental damage and improve working conditions.

Increased demand for electric scooters alongside higher car production has driven up the demand for lead batteries.

In Zhejiang's Deqing county 53 people were hospitalised following tests earlier in the year which found high levels of lead in the blood of 332 residents.

Several major battery manufacturers with shares traded in China have issued notices saying production is suspended.

A statement on the website of the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection warned that companies must meet environmental standards.

we belive there are approximatly only 20 facilities that have met the required standards and have not been shut down

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