Global – The battery recycling business continues to improve, shows a survey among participants of International Congress for Battery Recycling (ICBR) held this week in Lisbon, Portugal. 85% of the delegates expect volumes generated to increase, while 56% expect ‘positive’ economic developments for the future.
Although the results are not representative, they do reflect a consensus of opinion across the sector, claim industry experts, who see both the current situation and the business outlook in ‘a favourable light’.
At the same time, one of the points criticised by questionnaire respondents is the lack of harmonised legislation aimed to create a level playing field for all market participants. The ‘simplification’ of cross-border waste shipments is also a point of contention.
‘The findings of the questionnaire show that further efforts are needed to strengthen the positive mood prevailing in the battery recycling sector,’ stresses Jean-Pol Wiaux, chairman of the ICBR steering committee.
According to Wiaux, the results clearly point out that, above all, electric mobility ‘will be one of the main topics driving the future of our industry and we will continue to follow this trend closely, just like all other factors that have an impact on battery recycling’.
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