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Johnson expands battery recycling presence

United States – US-based global technology and industrial leader Johnson Controls has opened a new automotive battery recycling centre in Florence, South Carolina, following an injection of US$ 150 million.

The 36-acre plant will recycle some 132 000 tonnes of lead-acid batteries and non-hazardous lead plant scrap per year, or the equivalent of over 14 million automotive batteries. The material will then be reprocessed into lead ingots and polypropylene pellets for the creation of new lead-acid batteries and casings.

According to Johnson Controls’€™ Power Solutions President Alex Molinaroli, who describes the expansion as a ‘€˜capital investment’€™ in both environment and community, the battery facility will create around 200 new jobs. It is bound to play a ‘€˜strategic role’€™ for the company and the US market ‘€˜because there is a need for a facility like this in the Southeast, mid-Atlantic region’€™, he adds.

Already owning 50 manufacturing, recycling and distribution centres, Johnson Controls has been able to supply over one-third of the world’€™s lead-acid batteries to major vehicle makers and after-market retailers. Its focus on the automotive industry also allowed the company to become the first to produce lithium-ion batteries for mass-production hybrid vehicles.

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