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Upgrade for Mexican car battery recycling facility

Mexico – Battery producer Johnson Controls is planning to invest more than US$70m to upgrade its automotive battery recycling center in Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, as part of its effort to increase recycling capacity in North America.

The investment will fund the replacement of the facility’s existing rotary furnaces with larger, more efficient rotary furnaces, as well as the addition of environmental control technologies.

Through its investment in the Cienega facility, the company strengthens its proven track record in employee health and safety.

Johnson Controls Power Solutions vice president and general manager of Americas Allen Martin said the company’s continuing upgrades ensure this facility will be among the most environmentally advanced battery recycling operations in the world, reinforcing its commitment to both US and Mexican air emission standards.

Johnson Controls Power Solutions Americas Recycling Business vice president and general manager Mike Carr added the company’s recycling operations in Mexico are already well below the current US standard for employee blood lead levels and substantially better than the average performance of competitive US recycling facilities.

‘With these enhancements to our Cienega facility, we continue to establish industry-leading benchmarks for the safety and health of our employees,’ he said.

In addition to its investments in Mexico, Johnson Controls Power Solutions is also investing in the US, where it has recently added of more than 1,000 jobs and the retention of another 400 jobs through its investments in advanced lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries, and lead-acid battery recycling.

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